If you’re like thousands of other smokers, you may have made a New Year’s resolution to quit your harmful habit in order to help your body and your wallet at the same time. Alternatively, perhaps you just woke up one day and decided it was time to live a healthier life. However, it’s famously difficult to give up smoking in the long term, as saying farewell to cigarettes is both physically and mentally challenging This guide will help you to stay strong and succeed at putting an end to your smoking.
1. Look into smoking cessation medications
As you may be aware, there are drugs and vaping products that can make the process of quitting much easier. For example, nicotine replacement therapy comes in the form of gums and patches, and these aids can be highly effective. However, you can also approach your family doctor about short-term prescription drugs that are designed to reduce the pain of withdrawal without the use of nicotine. Zyban and Chantix are common examples.
2. Fully accept the health problems caused by smoking
Before you decided to quit smoking, you may have tried to avoid some of the gruesome information about what cigarettes can do to the body. However, this information can be a real asset now that you are trying to stick to your new year’s resolution. In truth, every cigarette exposes your internal organs to more than four thousand hazardous chemicals. For example, DDT (an insecticide) is known to cause breast cancer and increase the risk of diabetes. A quick online search on the dangers of smoking can really help to boost your motivation to stay away from cigarettes.
3 Replace smoking with other ways to combat stress
Almost all smokers find that cigarettes help to induce a sense of calm when anxiety strikes or life gets stressful, so you may find that your ability to hold onto your resolve begins to waver when you start to worry about something. You can pre-empt this problem by looking at new ways to deal with stressful situations. For some people, exercise is the answer, while for others it may be more effective to indulge in a hobby like knitting or to learn how to do basic meditation exercises.
4. Encourage yourself to focus on your reasons for quitting smoking
It is generally easier to stick to a difficult goal if you surround yourself with clear reminders of what you stand to gain by succeeding. For example, you might want to write a list of the reasons why you want to stop smoking, and pin this up in your kitchen or next to your mirror. There are dozens of reasons why you would be better off without cigarettes in your life, ranging from an increased life expectancy to a more youthful appearance.
Worrying effects of smoking
Besides king cancer, cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, colon, kidney, bladder, cervix and breast, as well as leukemia, are more common among smokers. This higher incidence of cancer is no surprise as 69 chemicals in tobacco smoke are known to cause cancer.
Young smokers fail to achieve their optimal bone mass, while the rate of bone loss among older smokers is greater. Both factors predispose you to osteoporosis, where you are more likely to suffer a fractured wrist, hip or spine. Chemicals in smoke directly damage the cells that produce new bone, as well as increasing levels of the stress hormone cortisol that triggers bone loss, while reducing levels of estrogen that protects bone mass.
As smoking suppresses your immune system, minor infections last longer and you are at greater risk of more serious infections such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and TB. Tobacco smoke can weaken your immune function by damaging the antibodies that fight infections.
Smoking is a significant risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis, which causes painful inflammation of your joints.
Tobacco use also worsens rheumatoid arthritis and reduces the likelihood that medication can successfully treat your condition.
As you may be aware, there are drugs and vaping products that can make the process of quitting much easier. For example, nicotine replacement therapy comes in the form of gums and patches, and these aids can be highly effective.