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Quitting smoking is considered to be one of
the most difficult things to achieve. Many people try to give up
a few times before succeeding completely. Smokers generally have
both physical and psychological dependencies on cigarettes. The
physical attribute can be related to the nicotine cravings that
many people have when they have not had a cigarette for a
certain period of time. This amount of time differs between
various people and how much they smoke. The psychological part
can have many influences such as peer pressure or simply the
enjoyment of lighting up.
If you are thinking about
quitting the habit but still have some doubts in your mind then
it may be worth considering the effects of smoking cigarettes.
Smokers face a greatly increased risk of heart disease, and
cancers of lungs, mouth, throat, stomach and pancreas. About
half of smokers die of the habit. As well as all of this smoking
causes bad smell of clothes and breath and the yellowing of
teeth and nails. Smoking is also one of the leading causes of
the early aging of skin. Smokers often claim cigarettes causes
their nerves to calm down. In fact the exact opposite is true
and smokers generally tend to be more nervous.
never too late to quit smoking as the health benefits are
immediate. The best thing to do is to give up smoking entirely.
However this is not the easiest method. Some people prefer to
cut down on the number of cigarettes and then to give up
completely. If this is the case then should have a written plan
on how you are going to cut down. If you do decide to quit the
habit, then you must be aware that it requires strong will and
patience. You must be prepared to face a new challenge and a
change of lifestyle. However look back at all the associated
health benefits and the costs associated with smoking and you
will immediately be put at ease. Make sure to choose a right
time frame of giving up. If you decide to give up during a
difficult period of life then in turn giving up smoking may also
be more difficult.
There are a few steps that must be
taken before quitting completely. On day of giving up you must
make sure that you do not have any cigarettes lying around. The
temptation of having a single cigarette is enough to make you
want give up ‘giving up’. It is also worth staying away from any
friends or colleagues who are smokers for a short while. The
fact that you see them enjoying a smoke and the breathing in of
their second hand smoke may be enough to make you give in.
Many people enjoying smoking at the same time as having an
alcoholic drink. If you are such a person then steer clear of
any bars or drinks for the first few weeks. Find a different way
to socialize or a different activity to keep you preoccupied.
Remember quitting smoking is a change of lifestyle and it can
also be a great opportunity to get involved in sports and
exercise. Combining a healthy diet and moderate exercise levels
to start off with, help with the faster restoration of the body
to a healthier state and ease the tension from not smoking.
If you find the cravings too difficult then it is worth having a
pack of chewing gum ready. Chewing gum does not ease the
cravings; however it does slightly reduce the stress of not
having a cigarette. It is also a convenient substitute for the
habit. Other alternatives include using nicotine patches for
those with more cravings.
The first few days are always
the most difficult. After the first week you will suddenly feel
much more energetic than usual. People may have symptoms ranging
from breathing difficulty in the mornings to sudden mood swings.
However this is normal and after a few months, you will start to
think why you had not given up smoking earlier!
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