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The 7-Day Smoke Away Program: To Use or Not to Use?

Katie Cook

 

 

Please keep in mind that the 7- Day Smoke Away Program is an herbal treatment for the habit of smoking. Simply taking this product introduces new herbal supplements into your body. As a result, you will experience a reaction to these formulas, with a possibility of helping you stop smoking and a possibility not. Results and reactions to the products vary among individuals, and it is always a good idea to consult your primary physician before beginning any new treatments.

 

 

What is the 7 Day Smoke-Away Program?

The 7-Day Smoke Away Program is designed, generally, to help smokers kick their addictive habit in seven days or less. The program itself contains two formulas designed to kick nicotine cravings in the body, a stress manager, a cleansing formula, an appetite control, an aroma therapy, and a homeopathic medicine. The combination of these seven products is advertised to help smokers discontinue their unhealthy habit. The purpose of this page/ paper is to shed a little light on what the product is designed to do, provide research on the ingredients in the formulas, and allow you to make a more informative decision whether this product fits your lifestyle or can assist you, or a loved one, quit smoking (http://www.the-original-smoke-away.com/,  2003). 

            The official site for the 7-Day Smoke Away Program can be viewed at: http://www.the-original-smoke-away.com/.  This site includes a direct link to order the program, testimonials, frequently asked questions, and information about the product line. You will notice that the program is offered in two sets; the first is the whole product line, including all seven products, and the second package is a smaller version which includes the main two formulas, the literature, and homeopathic medicine.  The most interesting part of this site, and the most helpful for researching this product, is the product page link. Here you can find the labels of each product line so that you can view the ingredients that make up each formula for the program. It is important to understand that herbal treatments, such as this one, usually does not have much research that has been conducted to either support or reject the effectiveness of all-natural, herbal products.

 

What are the directions for this product? Why are these important?      

The directions for each formula are quite important so that you understand exactly what is expected of you in order to follow through with the 7-Day Smoke Away Program. The first and second formulas are dietary supplements. The directions for the first formula are to take four tablets three times per day, for seven days. The second formula prescribes two tablets daily. The appetite control formula suggests taking two tablets twice a day, while the Nu Lung formula and the Stress Manager formula require two tablets per day. The homeopathic medicine prescribes three tablets under the tongue in the morning. Finally, the aroma therapy product is to be massaged into the skin under the nose and over the eyebrows. With a total of 25 pills, the program is very demanding of the person choosing to use it (http://www.the-original-smoke-away.com, 2003).

The only reason I bring these directions to your attention is because many people, myself included, do not follow the prescriptions of a doctor, so why would we, as humans, follow the instructions of a program that is much more detailed than simply taking one antibiotic per day until all of the pills are gone, as a doctor would prescribe for an infection.

 

What ingredients contribute to this product? Are there any side effects?

Numerous websites can tell you the purpose of the 7-Day Smoke Away Program. Briefly, the program is designed to help smokers eliminate cravings and decrease smoking desires with the use of an all-natural, herbal product that has no side effects.  The all-natural ingredients making up the formulas in this product range from 5-HTP, a precursor of serotonin, to chitosan, a supplement used frequently in diet pills. This section of the paper will outline the ingredients of the formulas which make up the 7-Day Smoke Away Program.

            Each product in the program contains a blend of herbal supplements. I have devoted this section of the paper to investigate what these herbal ingredients do and are used for in other regions of medicine, traditional or alternative. It is important to understand that this is not an exhaustive list of all the ingredients in the formulas because some of the products are very complex in the biochemistry that is behind them. Also, it is important to recall that there is no scientific research to either support or reject the effects of this program; as a result, a large portion of the research on these ingredients was performed with websites that you can access by following the links on this page. With these two points in mind, let us begin looking at the main components of each formula.

5-HTP- A precursor of serotonin, does have scientific support for helping people sleep better at night. In a recent experiment, Smith and Kennedy found that problems with sleep deprivation could be solved by injecting 5-HTP, which then converts to serotonin in the brain (Smith & Kennedy, 2002).

Licorice root- Licorice has been used as a decongestant, stomach ulcers, and drying of oil on the scalp (www.webmd.com, 2003). There are certain medical conditions that can be affected by licorice—such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. 

Siberian ginseng root- This ingredient has had much controversy about it. Some researchers argue that ginseng can increase energy, while others say that it has no effect on the body, with regards to boosting energy. (www.webmd.com, 2002.) Kennedy and Scholey concluded that, although ginseng has been connected with improved moods, there is little empirical research that backs this suggestion (Kennedy & Scholey, 2003).

Dandelion root, Vitamins E and C, and Milk Thistle- These four contributors have been linked to the cleansing of the liver, but not officially to any other cleansing, like the lungs (www.webmd.com, 2001).

Sibutramine- Used frequently in diet pills, has been connected to weight maintenance. According to webmd, Sibutramine should not be taken if you have any of the following health problems:

-        take certain MAOI’s

-        anorexia nervosa

-        using an appetite suppressant

-        high blood pressure

-        heart disease, or your heart beats irregularly

-        epilepsy or another disorder with seizures

-        gallstones

-        glaucoma

-        liver disease

-        kidney disease (www.wedmd.com, 2003).

 

Kava- This herbal supplement has been suggested to reduce anxiety, to some degree. A safety warning is also associated with this product because it has been linked with serious liver problems in countries where it has been used more often than in the United States (www.wedmd.com, 2003).

Capsaicin- Used frequently as a pain reliever. By rubbing capsaicin onto your skin, it absorbs and inhibits the transmission of pain to the brain (www.wedmd.com, 2003).  

 

Are there any other alternatives to help me quit smoking?

            When doing research on the 7-Day Smoke Away Program I found it very difficult to find any research about this program being supported by any government- funded agency. However, the American Lung Association does offer a variety of programs to help people quit smoking. You can find them by clicking on the following link—www.usalung.com. The Freedom From Smoking program is well recommended. The site also has FDA approved pills, patches, and other aids to assist in breaking the habit of smoking. A recent study by Carpenter et al analyzed whether decreasing the number of cigarettes smoked over time would allow a smoker to quit again. Their findings indicate that there is little benefit in this approach which is supported by only 9-13% of the sample had remained a non-smoker after the 6 month follow-up during the experiment (Carpenter et al, 2003).

 

What should I have learned from this paper?

            This paper is an attempt to allow you to gain a better understanding of the 7-Day Smoke Away Program by taking a look at the directions, investigating some of the ingredients in the products, and allowing you to make a more informative decision whether or not to use this program when considering aids to help quit smoking.

 

References

 

Barclay, Laurie. (2001). Liver Detoxification-Fact or Fad?, Retrieved September 16, 2003, from http://my.webmd.com/content/article/11/1685_52520.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}.

 

Brewer, Earl & Angel, Kathy. (1998). Topical Pain Relievers, Retrieved September 16, 2003, from http://my.webmd.com/content/article/3/1680_50449.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}.

 

Carpenter, M.J., Hughes, J.R., & Keely, J.P. (2003). Effect of smoking reduction on later cessation: A pilot experimental study. NICOTINE & TOBACCO RESEARCH, 5 (2), 155-162.

 

DeNoon, Daniel. (2002). Do These Herbs Work?, Retrieved September 16,2003, from http://my.webmd.com/content/article/13/1689_51818.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}.

 

Kennedy, D.O. & Scholey, A.B. (2003). Ginseng: potential for the enhancement of cognitive performance and mood. PHARMACOLOGY BIOCHEMISTRY AND BEHAVIOR, 75 (3), 687-700.

 

Licorice. (2003). Retrieved September 16,2003, from http://my.webmd.com/content/drugs/3/4046_2023.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}.

 

Sibutramine (oral). (2003). Retrieved September 16, 2003, from http://my.webmd.com/content/drugs/3/4046_2066.htm?lastselectedguid={5FE84E90-BC77-4056-A91C-9531713CA348}.

 

Smith, Randy L. &Kennedy, Craig. (2003). Increases in avoidance responding produced by REM sleep deprivation or serotonin depletion are reversed by administration of 5-hydroxytryptophan. Behavioral Brain Research, 140, 81-86.

 

Smoke Away. (2003). Retrieved September 09,2003, from http://www.the-original-smoke-away.com/default.cfm.

 

 

 

 

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