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Are you broke again and do not know where your money is going?

Take a look at what you are spending your money on. Chances are, if you are supporting bad habits such as smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, you are spending quite a chunk of change. If you do not believe it, try out this expense calculator and see how much money you could be spending on something else. This could be spent on some quality time together or some of the baby goods you need. It is not only your bank balance that improves it is also your health.

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Studies suggest that everyone can quit smoking.

Your situation or condition can give you a special reason to quit.STOP Smoking
  • Pregnant women/new mothers. By quitting, you protect your baby's health and your own.

  • Parents of children and adolescents. By quitting, you protect your children and adolescents from illnesses caused by secondhand smoke.
If a woman is smoking during pregnancy, it is never too late for her to stop. The sooner a woman stops smoking, the better it will be for both her baby and herself.

If a woman is not able to stop smoking, she should contact her doctor, midwife, pharmacist or other health care provider.


Five Keys for Quitting Smoking

Studies have shown that these five steps will help you quit and quit for good.
You have the best chances of quitting if you use them together.
  1. Get Ready
    - Set a quit date. Change your environment. Get rid of ALL cigarettes and ashtrays in your home, car, and place of work. Do not let people smoke around you.

  2. Get Support
    - Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are going to quit and want their support. Ask them not to smoke around you or leave cigarettes out where you can see them. Talk to your health care provider and get individual, group, or telephone counseling. Counseling doubles your chances of success.

  3. Learn new skills and behaviors.
    - Try to distract yourself from urges to smoke. Talk to someone, go for a walk, or get busy with a task. Do something to reduce your stress. Take a warm bath, exercise, or read a book. Drink a lot of water and other fluids.

  4. Get medication and use it correctly.
    - Medications can help you stop smoking and lessen the urge to smoke. Nearly everyone who is trying to quit can benefit from using a medication. However, if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, nursing or have a medical condition, talk to your doctor or other health care provider before taking medications.

  5. Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations.
    - Most relapses occur within the first three months after quitting. Do not be discouraged if you start smoking again. Remember, most people try several times before they finally quit. Avoid being around other smokers can make you want to smoke. Avoid drinking alcohol, drinking lowers your chances of success. Eat a healthy diet and stay active.
Once you quit, do not smoke - NOT EVEN ONE PUFF


Make this the year, you or someone close to you quits smoking.

The following information may be helpful to your efforts.

Your doctor, midwife, health visitor or pharmacist can also offer you advice on giving up smoking.
If you are looking to quit, we encourage you to contact one of these for additional support.

  • For assistance in quitting -
  • Telephone counseling is available call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669) toll-free
    Callers are automatically routed to a state-run quitline,
    where you may receive:
    • Help with quitting smoking
    • Informational materials mailed to you
    • Referrals to other resources
  • The National Cancer Institute - NCI quitline, 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848), is available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

The NHS offers plenty of free help and support for pregnant women who want to give up smoking.
Services offered include:
  • Confidential support and advice from a trained adviser who understands the different issues pregnancy brings
  • Details of your local NHS Stop Smoking Service
  • Free information pack and self-help guide
  • A call-back service to give you ongoing support throughout pregnancy
  • Lines are open daily from 12 noon - 9pm.
  • NHS Pregnancy Smoking Helpline 0800 169 9 169
You can also find your local NHS Stop Smoking Service by:
  • Calling 0800 169 0 169
  • Texting GIVE UP with your full postcode to 88088
  • If you are a resident of Scotland please call 0800 84 84 84
  • If you are a resident of Wales please call 0800 085 2219
  • If you are a resident of Northern Ireland please call 0800 85 85 85
Click here for details of your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.

  • For assistance in quitting -
  • Telephone counseling is available call 1 877 513-5333 toll-free, bilingual, Smokers' Helpline
    Hours of operation:
    Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 9 pm EST
    Friday, 8 am to 6 pm EST
    Weekends, 9 am to 5pm EST
    There is a 24-hour messaging service available.

    You'll speak one-on-one with someone who understands what you're going through.
    Quit Specialists can help you with:
    • Help with quitting smoking
    • Making a quit plan that works for you
    • Coping with cravings & managing stress
    • Informational materials mailed to you
    • Referrals to other services and resources

Australia Quitline...
For the cost of a local call from anywhere in Australia.
Quitline is contactable on 131 848 and provides advice and assistance to smokers who want to kick the habit. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, offering the assistance that a smoker may need to make a successful quit attempt.

Like all good things, it's going to take some time and effort for you to quit smoking, but thousands of smokers in Australia have already stopped. You can too. If you would like to talk to someone about quitting, or just want a free copy of the Quit because you can - Book, call Quitline on 131 848.


No Alcohol in pregnancy

Pregnant women and women who may become pregnant should not drink alcohol.
Even moderate drinking during pregnancy can cause behavioral or developmental problems for a baby. Heavy drinking during pregnancy can result in serious problems for the baby, including malformation and mental retardation.

An estimated 130,000 pregnant women per year in the United States consume alcohol at levels shown to increase the risk of having a baby with FASDs or other prenatal alcohol related condition.No wine beer spirits

Prenatal exposure to alcohol can cause a range of disorders, known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). One of the most severe effects of drinking during pregnancy is fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). FAS is one of the leading known preventable causes of mental retardation and birth defects. If a woman drinks alcohol during her pregnancy, her baby can be born with FAS, a lifelong condition that causes physical and mental liquor

FAS is a permanent condition. It affects every aspect of an individual's life and the lives of his or her family. FASDs are completely preventable - if a woman does not drink alcohol while she is pregnant or could become pregnant. If a woman is drinking during pregnancy, it is never too late for her to stop. The sooner a woman stops drinking, the better it will be for both her baby and herself.

If a woman is not able to stop drinking, she should contact her doctor, local Alcoholics Anonymous, or local alcohol treatment center.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility locator. This locator helps people find drug and alcohol treatment programs in their area.

Mothers are not the only ones who can prevent FASDs. The father's role is also important in helping the mother abstain from drinking alcohol during pregnancy. He can encourage her not to drink alcohol, by avoiding social situations that involve drinking and by not drinking alcohol himself.

Telephone Helplines:
USA - Alcohol and Drug Helpline: 1-800-821-4357 - TOLL FREE
UK - Drinkline National Alcohol Helpline: 0800 917 8282 - All calls are FREE
CAN - Alcohol and Substance Use Helpline: 1 877 327 4636 - Toll free within Canada
     [ In English or French - Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in each of Canada's time zones ]
AUS - Alcohol and Drug Information Service: 1800 422 599 - 24 hour
NZ - National Alcohol Helpline: 0800 787 797
     [ Available 10am to 10pm every day ]

One in 30 women who know they are pregnant reports ''risk drinking''

( 7 or more drinks per week or 5 or more drinks on any one occasion ).
Drinking alcohol at these levels can pose a serious health threat to the unborn fetus.



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