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Why Should You Stop Smoking?
Just a reminder of the reasons why, which may help to motivate you.
There are a whopping 14 types of cancer associated with smoking.
Those of you who smoke are 2 to 4 times more likely to develop heart disease than non-smokers.
Your risk of having a stroke will likely increase 6 times more than a non-smoker if you smoke up to 20 cigarettes a day.
If people are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, even if they don’t smoke, their risk of developing lung cancer can increase by 20-30%.
You will feel healthier.
If you are concerned about your appearance, your teeth will stop getting stained.
Finally, you’ll save a lot of money!
What are the most Successful Ways to Stop Smoking?
If you stop smoking for 28 days, you’re 5 times more likely to give up for good.
You can use stop smoking aids like nicotine replacement therapies such as patches, sprays, gum and lozenges. A mixture of these is more effective. So you can use patches for a slow release of nicotine and use sprays etc. to alleviate your strongest cravings. These products are recommended to use for about 12 weeks. Just to let you know nicotine is quite harmless but it’s the toxic chemicals in the smoke that causes nearly all the damage in your body.
Depending on where you live, there are prescription-only medicines that can help with nicotine withdrawal.
Now, I know that vaping has had bad press but it can be used too, to help you stop. People who vape daily along with support from a stop smoking service have the most success at quitting.
Avoid triggers like going to parties and bars, for example and have strategies in place when you’re stressed.
Tell your family and friends so they can support you and check out support groups on social media.
Download stop smoking apps.
Never have ‘just the one!’
When the cravings strike, if you can, try doing some exercise like walking up and down stairs, for example. Or take up other activities for distraction like writing, sewing, knitting, meditation, yoga etc. Whatever you prefer.
Also, eat candy or chew gum when the cravings appear.
Throw out ashtrays and lighters and wash and clean any clothes and furnishings that smell of smoke.
Remind yourself why you want to stop and if you manage to soldier on through your cravings, why not reward yourself?
My Musings on Smoking.
I’ve never been a smoker, well apart from having one cigarette at 12, one at aged 13 and one cigarette when I was 26 on a night out when I was ‘slightly’ inebriated!
I’ve always associated cigarettes with good times. I can remember loving the smell of cigarettes lingering in my living room after my Grandparents used to visit. I had a favourite great uncle who smoked a pipe and what a lovely smell that was! And, it wasn’t a good night out unless I came home reeking of cigarettes! Those of you of a certain age will remember pubs and clubs which used to be so thick with cigarette smoke that you couldn’t see where you were going! However, I’m glad I didn’t get addicted to cigarettes because I’d probably wouldn’t be able to stop and eventually, would end up walking around with a cigarette in one hand and an oxygen mask in the other!
If you are considering stopping smoking, then I hope the above tips will help you. Be kind to yourself on your journey. It’s not easy.
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Thank you for reading.
Sources: nhs.uk, mayoclinic.org, helpguide.org, webmd.com, cancerresearchuk.org, hopkinsmedicine.org, cdc.gov, medicalnewstoday.com