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Clearing the Air: How to Quit Smoking...and Quit for Keeps
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Snack Calorie Chart

BEVERAGES

Carbonated (per 8-ounce glass)
  Cola-type...............................95 calories
  Fruit flavors (10-13% sugar)...........115 calories
  Ginger Ale..............................75 calories

Fruit drinks (per 1/2 cup)
  Apricot nectar..........................70 calories
  Cranberry juice.........................80 calories
  Grape drink.............................70 calories
  Lemonade (frozen).......................55 calories

Fruit juices (per 1/2 cup)
  Apple juice, canned.....................60 calories
  Grape juice, bottled....................80 calories
  Grapefruit juice, canned, unsweetened...50 calories
  Orange juice, canned, unsweetened.......55 calories
  Pineapple juice, canned, unsweetened....70 calories
  Prune juice, canned....................100 calories

Vegetable juices (per 1/2 cup)
  Tomato juice............................25 calories
  Vegetable juice cocktail................20 calories

Coffee and tea
  Coffee, black..........................3-5 calories
  with 1 tsp. sugar....................18-20 calories
  with 1 tsp. cream....................13-15 calories
  Tea, plain.............................0-1 calories
  with 1 tsp. sugar....................15-16 calories

CANDY, CHIPS, AND PRETZELS

Candy (per ounce)
  Hard candy.............................110 calories
  Jelly beans............................105 calories
  Marshmallows............................90 calories
  Gumdrops...............................100 calories

Chips (per cup)
  Corn chips.............................230 calories
  Potato chips...........................115 calories
  
Popcorn 
  (air-popped, without butter)............25 calories

Pretzels
  Dutch, 1 twisted........................60 calories
  Stick, 5 regular........................10 calories

CHEESE (per ounce)
  American, processed....................105 calories
  Cottage, creamed........................30 calories
  Cottage, low-fat (2%)...................25 calories
  Swiss, natural.........................105 calories

CRACKERS
  Butter, 2-inch diameter.................15 calories
  Graham, 2 1/2 inches square, 2..........55 calories
  Matzoh, 6-inch diameter.................80 calories
  Rye.....................................45 calories
  Saltine.................................50 calories

FRUITS (raw)
  Apple, 1 medium.........................80 calories
  Apricots, fresh, 3 medium...............50 calories
  Apricots, dried, 5 halves...............40 calories
  Banana, 1 medium.......................105 calories
  Blackberries, 1/2 cup...................35 calories
  Blueberries, 1/2 cup....................40 calories
  Cantaloupe, 1/4 melon...................50 calories
  Cherries, 10............................50 calories
  Dates, dried, 3.........................70 calories
  Fig, dried, 1 medium....................50 calories
  Grapefruit, 1/2.........................40 calories
  Grapes, 20..............................30 calories
  Orange, 1 medium........................60 calories
  Peach, 1 medium.........................35 calories
  Pear, 1 medium.........................100 calories
  Pineapple, 1/2 cup......................40 calories
  Prunes, dried, 3........................60 calories
  Raisins, 1/4 cup.......................110 calories
  Strawberries, 1 cup.....................45 calories
  Watermelon, 1 cup.......................50 calories

NUTS (per 2 tablespoons)
  Almonds................................105 calories
  Brazil nuts............................115 calories
  Cashews................................100 calories
  Peanuts................................105 calories
  Pecans, halves..........................95 calories

VEGETABLES (raw)
  Carrots, 1/2 cup grated.................35 calories
  Celery, 5-inch stalks, 3................10 calories
  Pickle, 1............................15-20 calories
Clearing the Air: How to Quit Smoking...and Quit for Keeps

What Happens After You Quit Smoking:

Immediate Rewards

Within 12 hours after you have your last cigarette, your body will begin to heal itself. The levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your system will decline rapidly, and your heart and lungs will begin to repair the damage caused by cigarette smoke.

Within a few days you will probably begin to notice some remarkable changes in your body. Your sense of smell and taste may improve. You will breathe easier, and your smoker's hack will begin to disappear, although you may notice that you will continue to cough for a while. And you will be free from the mess, smell, inconvenience, expense, and dependence of cigarette smoking.

Immediate Effects

As your body begins to repair itself, instead of feeling better right away, you may feel worse for a while. It's important to understand that healing is a process–it begins immediately, but it continues over time. These "withdrawal pangs" are really symptoms of the recovery process (see Withdrawal Symptoms and Activities That Might Help).

Immediately after quitting, many ex-smokers experience "symptoms of recovery" such as temporary weight gain caused by fluid retention, irregularity, and dry, sore gums or tongue. You may feel edgy, hungry, more tired, and more short-tempered than usual and have trouble sleeping and notice that you are coughing a lot. These symptoms are the result of your body clearing itself of nicotine, a powerful addictive chemical. Most nicotine is gone from the body in 2-3 days.

Long-range Benefits

It is important to understand that the long range after-effects of quitting are only temporary and signal the beginning of a healthier life. Now that you've quit, you've added a number of healthy productive days to each year of your life. Most important, you've greatly improved your chances for a longer life. You have significantly reduced your risk of death from heart disease, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and several kinds of cancer–not just lung cancer. (Cigarette smoking is responsible every year for approximately 130,000 deaths from cancer, 180,000 deaths from heart disease, and 50,000 deaths from lung disease.)
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