Thursday, October 20, 2005

You Can Quit Smoking - Consumer Guide

Learn how to get help to quit smoking and improve your chances of quitting. This document explains the best ways for you to quit as well as new treatments to help. It lists new medications that can double or triple your chances of quitting and quitting for good. It also tells about ways to avoid relapses and talks about concerns you may have about quitting, including weight gain.
All information is based on scientific research about what will give you the best chances of quitting.

Nicotine: A Powerful Addiction

If you have tried to quit smoking, you know how hard it can be. It is hard because nicotine is a very addictive drug. For some people, it can be as addictive as heroin or cocaine.

Quitting is hard. Usually people make 2 or 3 tries, or more, before finally being able to quit. Each time you try to quit, you can learn about what helps and what hurts.

Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but you can quit smoking.

Good Reasons for Quitting

Quitting smoking is one of the most important things you will ever do:

  • You will live longer and live better.
  • Quitting will lower your chance of having a heart attack, stroke, or cancer.
  • If you are pregnant, quitting smoking will improve your chances of having a healthy baby.
  • The people you live with, especially your children, will be healthier.
  • You will have extra money to spend on things other than cigarettes.

Five Keys for Quitting

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.
  2. Get support.
  3. Learn new skills and behaviors.
  4. Get medication and use it correctly.
  5. Be prepared for relapse or difficult situations.

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.
Don't let people smoke in your home.
Review your past attempts to quit. Think about what worked and what did not.
Once you quit, don't smoke—NOT EVEN A PUFF!

2. Get Support and Encouragement

Studies have shown that you have a better chance of being successful if you
have help. You can get support in many ways:

  • Tell your family, friends, and coworkers that you are going to quit and want their support. Ask them not to smoke around you or leave cigarettes out.
  • Talk to your health care provider (for example, doctor, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, psychologist, or smoking counselor).
  • Get individual, group, or telephone counseling. The more counseling you have, the better your chances are of quitting. Programs are given at local hospitals and health centers.
  • Call your local health department for information about programs in your area.

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.
When you first try to quit, change your routine.
Use a different route to work. Drink tea instead of coffee. Eat breakfast in a
different place.
Do something to reduce your stress. Take a hot bath, exercise, or read a book.
Plan something enjoyable to do every day.
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.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved five medications to help you quit smoking:

  • Bupropion SR—Available by prescription.
  • Nicotine gum—Available over-the-counter.
  • Nicotine inhaler—Available by prescription.
  • Nicotine nasal spray—Available by prescription.
  • Nicotine patch—Available by prescription and over-the-counter.

Ask your health care provider for advice and carefully read the information on the package.

All of these medications will more or less double your chances of quitting and quitting for good.

Everyone who is trying to quit may benefit from using a medication. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, nursing, under age 18, smoking fewer than 10 cigarettes per day, 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 3 months after quitting. Don't be discouraged if you start smoking again. Remember, most people try several times before they finally quit. Here are some difficult situations to watch for:

  • Alcohol. Avoid drinking alcohol. Drinking lowers your chances of success.
  • Other smokers. Being around smoking can make you want to smoke.
  • Weight gain. Many smokers will gain weight when they quit, usually less than 10 pounds.
  • Eat a healthy diet and stay active. Don't let weight gain distract you from your main goal—quitting smoking.
  • Some quit-smoking medications may help delay weight gain.
  • Bad mood or depression. There are a lot of ways to improve your mood
    other than smoking.

If you are having problems with any of these situations, talk to your doctor or other health care provider.

Special Situations or Conditions

Studies suggest that everyone can quit smoking. Your situation or condition can give you a special reason to quit.

  • Pregnant women/new mothers: By quitting, you protect your baby's health and your own.
  • Hospitalized patients: By quitting, you reduce health problems and help healing.
  • Heart attack patients: By quitting, you reduce your risk of a second heart attack.
  • Lung, head, and neck cancer patients: By quitting, you reduce your chance of a second cancer.
  • Parents of children and adolescents: By quitting, you protect your children and adolescents from illnesses caused by second-hand smoke.

Questions to Think About

Think about the following questions before you try to stop smoking. You may want to talk about your answers with your health care provider.

1. Why do you want to quit?


2. When you tried to quit in the past, what helped and what didn't?


3. What will be the most difficult situations for you after you quit? How will you plan to handle them?


4. Who can help you through the tough times? Your family? Friends? Health care provider?


5. What pleasures do you get from smoking? What ways can you still get pleasure if you quit?


Here are some questions to ask your health care provider.

1. How can you help me to be successful at quitting?


2. What medication do you think would be best for me and how should I take it?


3. What should I do if I need more help?


4. What is smoking withdrawal like? How can I get information on withdrawal?


Quitting takes hard work and a lot of effort, but you can quit smoking.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Salam Ramadhan

walaupun dah masuk hari keTUJUH kita berpuasa... tapi aku nak share gak...

Persediaan kita menyambut Ramadhan Al-Mubarak 1426Hijrah.

Sejarah Ramadhan

  1. Ramadhan: ertinya panas terik
  2. Bulan di turunkan Al Quran dan disebut (syahru ramadhana)
  3. Berlakunya perang Badar Kubra dan mendapat kemenangan.
  4. Bulan dimana nabi mengambil balik Mekah dari tangan Musyrikin dan berakhirnya penyembahan berhala.
  5. Di dalamnya dipilih ada malam al-qadar yakni lebih baik drpd 1000 bulan.
  6. Di pilih untuk ibadat puasa.
  7. Di pilih untuk ibadat2 lain (tadarus Al Quran)

Kelebihan Bulan Ramadhan
  1. Kamu akan di naungi Ramadhan. (bagi yg telah meninggal dunia terlepas dari siksa kubur)
  2. Bulan penuh keberatan
  3. Di malamnya ada lebih baik drpd 1000 bulan
  4. Amal sunat sama dengan solat fardhu
  5. Manakala solat fardhu mendpt 70 kali ganda
  6. Bulan sabar dan pahalanya adalah syurga
  7. Bulan menambah rezeki
  8. Memberi buk! a banyak pahala
  9. Bulan keampunan
    - doa yang paling makbul iaitu doa sebelum berbuka puasa.
    - juga doa pada sepertiga malam.
  10. 10 hari pertama adalah mulanya rahmat,
    10 hari pertengahan - pengampunan,
    10 hari terakhir - kemerdekaan api neraka.

Amalan-amalan di bulan Ramadhan

  1. Mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Bulan Ramadhan
  2. Menempah pakaian untuk Ramadhan
  3. Niat puasa sebulan pd permulaan Ramadhan
  4. Hendak tidur bacalah 4 ayat terakhir Surah Al Kahfi supaya dapat bangun malam
  5. Berazam melakukan Terawih 20 rakaat (bukan 8 rakaat)
  6. Bertadarus secara bersemak (bukan sendirian)
  7. Solat berjemaah setiap waktu
  8. Solat jemaah di masjid/surau
  9. Amalkan Qiyamulail walaupun pendek
  10. Sahur diwaktu akhir
  11. Sahur - utk mengelakkan makanan tidak hadam elakkan makanan pedas dan tutup sahur dengan air susu
  12. Mandi Janabat sebelum Imsak
  13. Kurangkan tidur
  14. Tunaikan Solat sunat fajar (Solat Sunat Subuh)
  15. Tunaikan Solat Dhuha
  16. Tidur waktu cuti (satu jam sebelum Zohor)
  17. Tunaikan solat Rawatib
  18. Jaga pacaindera
  19. Elakkan gosok gigi pd waktu petang
  20. hadiri majlis ilmu
  21. Buat baik pd ibubapa
  22. Isteri hendaklah taat pd suami
  23. Banyakkan bersedekah
  24. Berbuka dgn 3 biji kurma dan air yg belum dipanaskan oleh api
  25. Berbuka bersama org tua
  26. Jemput tetamu berbuka
  27. Kurangkan berat badan
  28. Banyakkan i'tikaf di masjid (lelaki sahaja)
  29. Baiki hubungan suami isteri
  30. Baiki hubungan jiran
  31. Isteri jauhi drpd keluar memakai mekap & perhiasan
  32. Elakkan berbelanja berlebihan
  33. Kuatkan kesabaran
  34. Banyakkan selawat,istighfar,bertasbih
  35. Berazam beramal (pada malam Lailatul Qadar)
  36. Mengejut anak dan isteri di mlm Lailatul Qadar
  37. Elakkan menonton TV yg mengandungi nafsu
  38. Elakkan mendengar radio berunsur hiburan
  39. Berdoa dgn nada lembut dan merayu
  40. Jauhkan bercumbu dgn suami/isteri
  41. Mendoakan ibu bapa samaada hidup atau yg meninggal dunia
  42. Melazimkan solat waktu
  43. Elakkan sebelum berbuka bersiar2 yg menjadikan pandangan liar
  44. Elakkan banyak berhutang
  45. Melepaskan perasaan sedih melepaskan Ramadhan ditakuti tidak bertemu lagi dengan Ramadhan akan datang
  46. Tunaikan zakat fitrah

Cara Beramal Di Malam Lailatul Qadar (Malam 21-30)

  1. Kepada Orang Tua Lemah
    Cara beramal solat Maghrib, Isyak dan Tarawih berjemaah di masjid/surau,ini sudah dikira beramal Al Qadar
  2. Orang yg tidak sanggup solat malam yang panjang
    - Baca ayat akhir surah Al Baqarah
    - Baca ayat Kursi
    - Baca surah Yaasin
    - Baca surah Al Zalazah
    - Baca surah Al Qafirun
    - Baca surah Al Ikhlas
  3. Bagi orang yang kuat dan cergas
    - Bangunkan isteri dan anak
    - Mandi
    - Solat malam - Tahajjud, Taubat, Tasbih, Hajat, Istikharah, dan baca Al Quran NUZUL Al QURAN ( 17 Ramadhan )
    - Tarikh turunnya Al Quran
    - Beramallah di malamnya dengan solat malam dan amal2 yg baik

Cara Sambut Hari Raya

Jangan sekali2 disambut dgn hiburan, mercun, pesta lampu dan berbagai kemungkaran dan kemaksiatan,

Pada petang akhir Ramadhan org2 yg meninggal (sudah mati) menangis kerana peluang untuk berehat telah berakhir.

Adalah dicadangkan semoga keluarga menziarahi kubur pada petang akhir Ramadhan atau jika kuburnya jauh, hendaklah dibaca doa Tahlil selepas solat Asar.

Semoga mereka diampuni.Ibnu Abbas r.a pernah mengatakan bahawa roh orang yg meninggal dunia dibenarkan pulang ke rumah anak2nya dan berdiri di pintu rumah memohon belas kasihan drpd anak2 mengirimkan bacaan doa, sekurang2nya Al Fatihah sekali utk mereka

Oleh itu janganlah terlalu gembira dan ingatlah org2 tua yg sudah meninggal, semoga nanti sampai giliran kita maka anak2 akan ingat kpd kita

Takbir Di Malam Raya
Takbir sebenarnya mempunyai cerita di sebaliknya. Mengikut riwayat, bermula dari peperangan Ahzab. Peperangan berlaku di dalam musim sejuk, kemudian Salman Al Farisi mencadangkan supaya di gali parit (Khandak) di akhirnya peperangan ini di beri pertolongan oleh Allah dan
kemudian dirakamkan di dalam Takbir.

Bulan Ramadhan datang setahun sekali dan ia sebaik2 bulan, penuh keberkatan, pengajaran, mendidik mempunyai ketahanan dan penuh dgn amalan-amalan untuk mendekatkan diri kpd Allah dan hubungan sesama manusia. Oleh itu bersiap sedialah dari awal supaya ia benar2 mengubah sikap yg baik dan seterusnya menjadi insan yg soleh/solehah. Semoga dipertemukan di Ramadhan yang akan datang.

*Doa utk menghilangkan baran, maklumlah waktu lapar memang lekas naik angin....

Rujuk kepada Surah Al-Anbiyakk ayat ke 69. Sebelum minum baca doa dan tiupkan pada air (utk diri sendiri,anak,suami dll).

Insyaallah cuba amalkan.