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Hot Quit Newsletter, Issue #014 - How's your grip?
November 16, 2006

Newsletter, Issue #14 - How's your grip?

Here we are with your mid November 2006 Newsletter from The Ultimate Quit Smoking Guide

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A quote to think about...

" If you don't make things happen, then things will happen to you"
~ Lanes Company

Better built organisms, lasts longer
A strong grip, not smoking, a good education, a wife, and not becoming overweight are among the keys to a long life for middle-aged men who'd like to grow old in good health, a 40-year study of nearly 6000 Japanese-American men living in Hawaii has concluded.

Other factors are low blood sugar, low cholesterol levels, low blood pressure, and no excessive alcohol drinking.

The more of these nine health factors the men met, the higher the chance (up to 80% more) of robustly living to age 85 and beyond, while avoiding illness, such as heart disease, cancer, or diabetes.

Grip strength, which is measured by a test, is a strong indication of upper body strength.

It is further proof "that it is important to be physically robust in midlife... consistent with theories of aging that suggest that better built organisms last longer," the study said.

Sacre bleu! Zut! Incrédulité!
The end is nigh... the French apparently favor smoking bans in public places!

If you know any smoking French people, you will know what I mean when I say it's such an ingrained, très chic cultural habit... it is entwined with cafes, clubs, food, wine, and all the emotions, arm waving and passionate debating that is French.

But according to a published poll by the IFOP, 77% were in favor of a ban in restaurants and 66% backed a ban in cafés, bars and brasseries.

Parliament has yet to rule. So who are IFOP? I have no idea, but here's a blog comment from Colin in the Scotsman news...

"Sorry. Lost all faith in opinion polls when we caught Cancer Research repeatedly falsifying one of their online polls. I can't think of a single reason to believe this one.

What does IFOP stand for anyway? Intentionally False Opinion Polls?"

Back to the subject of smoking bans for the French... If the French think something is silly, watch out for sparks.

A law was passed back in 1991 to separate smokers from non-smokers in restaurants. "Il est stupide," shrugged patrons and owners alike, and in typical French fashion, ignored it.

Not a change of fad, but no fad please
This year's annual Canadian Community Health Survey from Statistics Canada, shows some interesting stats on the change of fads, mainly that getting fat is in and smoking is out.

Shame - an advanced, cultured society like Canada doing what... ho hum, all countries do - lurching from one fad to another.

But the big leaders of the decline in smoking, the youth aged 12 to 17, are not putting on any more weight than previous years, which helps dispel that old myth that smoking keeps you slim. It makes no difference as you can see.

Snooze Troubles?
For some people after quitting smoking, a brief period of insomnia may follow for a few days or weeks.

Simple tip coming up... one of hundreds from our Never Think About Smoking Again e-book: Buy a lavender bag or make one from muslin or tie up a hanky and fill it with dried lavender flowers or any dried petals and infused with lavender oil.

Pop this into one end of your pillow and inhale the fragrance deeply through your nose. Gift, florist, chemist or health shops stock what you need.

A bath before bedtime sprinkled with a few drops of lavender oil is also just the ticket to nod off.

And if you suffer from sleep problems and haven't decided to quit smoking yet, it helps if you have your last cigarette 2 hours before bedtime. This give your brain time to dispel any lingering buzz affects of nicotine.

See you with the next Hot Quit Newsletter.


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