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20 Tricks That Can Truly Help You Give Up Smoking

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It’s hard to find a person nowadays who thinks that smoking is good for their health. There are a lot of scientific studies about the problem of smoking and many social projects are fighting this issue. But unfortunately, even our close friends and family start smoking and cannot give it up. Nicotine addiction is a disease (not a habit, as many people think) and it should be treated. The tips in this article can help you get rid of this addiction.

If you have your own ways of giving up smoking, we at Bright Side encourage you to share them in the comment section at the end of the article.

  • Start small. Determine the specific moment when you’ll smoke your last cigarette. Try to choose a time when you don’t have any serious stressful situations (such as exams, changing jobs, and so on).
  • Clear your house. Throw away all the ashtrays, lighters, and cigarettes you have. If there are people who smoke that live with you and are not going to give it up, ask them to respect your choice and try not to smoke when they are near you.
  • As soon as you feel the urge to smoke, drink a glass of water.
  • Put a transparent jar on the table and put every unsmoked cigarette inside it.
  • Stop drinking coffee, at least in the beginning. Most likely, you were used to drinking coffee with a cigarette, so you’re in danger of sparking an urge to smoke when you drink some coffee.
  • In the beginning, you’ll have to eat instead of smoke, so make sure your snacks are healthy. For example, it can be dried fruit, nuts, or fresh fruit.
  • Tell people on social media about your decision. This is a really effective practice because you might be ashamed if you start smoking again and shame is a powerful motivator. Also, you’ll get some support from other people who have been through this and they will help you.

  • Read Allen Carr’s The Easy Way to Stop Smoking that helped a huge number of people to stop smoking (including some celebrities). And if you’re too lazy or too busy to read the book, watch the movie.
  • Try to analyze the situations when you smoked most of the time and try to exclude them in the future. Avoid all possible provocations. For example, change your work schedule in order not to smoke with your colleagues.
  • Wait for just a little. If you feel that you’re close to giving up and starting to smoke again, distract yourself for at least 5 minutes. Scientists say that this is enough time for your consciousness to ask yourself why you are doing something.
  • Try to set a goal to stop smoking before a vacation or days off. Go out of town. And of course, don’t take your cigarettes with you! Don’t forget about your decision when you return home.
  • Visit the nearest hospital where people with lung cancer are. Ask them what they think about smoking. The experience will shock you.
  • Bet a lot of money on you stopping smoking with your friend. If you start smoking, you will have to pay your friend. Don’t cheat!
  • Get a special app for your phone that helps you to stop smoking (Android and iOS).
  • If you feel like you can’t fight anymore, brush your teeth, and wash your mouth out with cold water. If you can, drink a glass of milk. After doing these things, people usually don’t want to smoke.

  • Here is another effective but weird method. When you want to smoke, smell something disgusting. If you do this regularly, then soon enough, the desire to smoke will be associated with disgust.

  • Try hypnosis, acupuncture, and psychotherapy. Some people have really managed to lose their nicotine addiction with the help of experts.
  • If you feel scared thinking that you will never smoke again, set small goals that you can achieve. For example, the first milestone should be to “not smoke for 2-3 hours,” then “12 hours”. Then, go to a bar or coffee shop with your friends and don’t smoke a single cigarette. You will get through the entire nicotine-free month before you know it!

Your tips can save someone’s life, so if you have something to share, please do it in the comment section below.

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Look at How Much “Game of Thrones” Characters Have Changed Over 8 Seasons

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During the summer of 2019, the final season of Game of Thrones aired. The show had gone on for almost 10 years which is a long time not only for the characters but also for the actors who portrayed them.

Bright Side is remembering what characters looked like in the very first episodes of the groundbreaking series and is comparing them to what they look like in the final season of the show.

1. Cersei Lannister

2. Jon Snow

3. Tyrion Lannister

4. Daenerys Targaryen

5. Sansa Stark

6. Arya Stark

7. Jorah Mormont

8. Varys

9. Jaime Lannister

10. Sandor Clegane

11. Brienne of Tarth

12. Samwell Tarly

13. Davos Seaworth

14. Theon Greyjoy

15. Brandon Stark

Did you watch Game of Thrones? Did you enjoy season 8? Tell us in the comment section below.

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Baltimore’s ransomware attack, explained – Vox

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Thirteen bitcoins are standing between the city of Baltimore and many of the services and processes its citizens rely on after hackers seized thousands of government computers at the start of the month. The ordeal has been going on for two weeks, and there’s no clear end in sight.

Here’s what’s happening: On May 7, hackers digitally seized about 10,000 Baltimore government computers and demanded around $100,000 worth in bitcoins to free them back up. It’s a so-called “ransomware” attack, where hackers deploy malicious software to block access to or take over a computer system until the owner of that system pays a ransom.

Baltimore, like several other cities that have been hit by such attacks over the past two years, is refusing to pay up. As a result, for two weeks, city employees have been locked out of their email accounts and citizens have been unable to access essential services, including websites where they pay their water bills, property taxes, and parking tickets. This is Baltimore’s second ransomware attack in about 15 months: Last year, a separate attack shut down the city’s 911 system for about a day. Baltimore has come under scrutiny for its handling of both attacks.

The ransomware attacks in Baltimore and other local governments across the US demonstrate that as ransomware attacks spread, and as common targets such as hospitals and schools beef up their online systems’ security, there are still plenty targets vulnerable to this kind of hack. It also exemplifies the conundrum that ransomware victims face: pay up and get your access back, or refuse — potentially costing much more in the long run.

What’s going on in Baltimore, briefly explained

Hackers targeted the city of Baltimore on May 7 using a ransomware called RobbinHood, which, as NPR explains, makes it impossible to access a server without a digital key that only the hackers have.

The Baltimore hackers’ ransom note, obtained by the Baltimore Sun, demanded payment of three bitcoins per system to be unlocked, which amounts to 13 bitcoins to unlock all the seized systems. The note threatened to increase the ransom if it wasn’t paid in four days, and said the information would be lost forever if it wasn’t paid in 10 days. Both deadlines have now passed.

“We won’t talk more, all we know is MONEY! Hurry up! Tik Tak, Tik Tak, Tik Tak!” the note said.

The city government is refusing to pay, meaning that the government email systems and payment platforms the attack took down remain offline. The attack has also harmed Baltimore’s property market, because officials weren’t able to access systems needed to complete real estate sales. (The city said transactions resumed on Monday.)

Baltimore Mayor Jack Young, who’s officially been in his office less than a month, said in a statement on Friday that city officials are “well into the restorative process” and have “engaged leading industry cybersecurity experts who are on-site 24-7 working with us.” The FBI is also involved in the investigation.

“Some of the restoration efforts also require that we rebuild certain systems to make sure that when we restore business functions, we are doing so in a secure manner,” Young said. He did not offer a timeline for when all systems will come back online.

The Baltimore City Council president also plans to form a special committee to investigate this latest attack and try to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

A similar attack using RobbinHood hit government computers in Greenville, North Carolina, in April. A spokesperson for Greenville told the Wall Street Journal that the city never wound up paying, and that while its systems aren’t entirely restored, “all of our major technology needs are now being met.”

More than 20 municipalities in the US have been hit by cyberattacks this year alone. And such attacks can be expensive, perhaps especially if targets say they won’t pay. In 2018, hackers demanded that Atlanta pay about $50,000 in bitcoins as part of a ransomware attack. The city refused, and according to a report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, the attack wound up costing the city $17 million to fix.

Ransomware attacks aren’t new — but we’re still figuring out how to deal with them

In 2017, a ransomware called WannaCry targeted tens of thousands of computers using Microsoft Windows operating systems in more than 100 countries. Officials in the US and the United Kingdom eventually blamed North Korea for the attack. Also in 2017, corporations in the UK, France, Russia, Israel, and Ukraine experienced ransomware attacks. US hospitals were also targeted.

Here’s how Timothy Lee explained for Vox what was going on and how ransomware had become more prolific:

The basic idea behind ransomware is simple: A criminal hacks into your computer, scrambles your files with unbreakable encryption, and then demands that you pay for the encryption key needed to unscramble the files. If you have important files on your computer, you might be willing to pay a lot to avoid losing them.

Ransomware schemes have become a lot more effective since the invention of Bitcoin in 2009. Conventional payment networks like Visa and Mastercard make it difficult to accept payments without revealing your identity. Bitcoin makes that a lot easier. So the past four years have seen a surge in ransomware schemes striking unsuspecting PC users.

Some ransomware schemes are so sophisticated that they even invest in customer service, helping victims who want to pay their ransoms navigate the complexities of obtaining bitcoins and making bitcoin payments.

Since then, a number of sectors and organizations have made improvements to their security practices to protect against ransomware. But the latest Baltimore attack exemplifies what a whack-a-mole game this is: One area improves its practices and hackers just go looking for another.


Recode and Vox have joined forces to uncover and explain how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Subscribe to Recode podcasts to hear Kara Swisher and Peter Kafka lead the tough conversations the technology industry needs today.

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