Yesterday I posted 3 More Reasons To Quit Smoking. Reason # 2 stated that today taxes on a pack of cigarettes increase by $1.00 (or approximately $30 per month to the pack a day smoker) here in Florida.

There are so many reasons to quit, so I thought I would add more to the list today.

4. Research studies show a higher risk of influenza infections among smokers when compared with nonsmokers. Further, the mortality rate of influenza among smokers is higher than that of nonsmokers. (Anyone concerned about the Swine Flu?)

5. Smoking increases the risk of impotence.

6. Stop it or you’ll go blind! OK, so Mom wasn’t talking about smoking, but there is a correlation between smoking and macular degeneration. Quitting smoking lessens the risk.

Ready to Quit?

I came across this blog Cinnamon, the new anti-viral medicine and was delighted. According to new research, cinnamon helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and and keep hunger at bay. There is research being done regarding it’s use in preventing the rise of blood sugar levels, thus helping diabetes type 2 patients. Now, there is evidence that studies claim anti-viral benefits for this special cinnamon extract against Avian Flu H9, the Sendai virus, HIV and Herpes Simplex 1, Newcastle disease (in chickens) and the flu.

Not only will this extract fight the viruses, but it will also immunize against them.

A research and license deal on Michael Ovadia’s patent-pending cinnamon extract was signed last week between TAU’s technology transfer company Ramot and Frutarom, a multinational nutraceutical company based in Israel.

Frutarom is expected to use the extract in a whole host of applications from disinfecting the air as a spray against Avian flu in airports; to a daily supplement that protects people against the common flu.

Funny thing, I have been encouraging my smoke cessation and my weight management clients to use cinnamon sticks for quite a while now. It is so nice when science validates a point for you!