Smoking has a very long history. At first it was used by people reach a state of mind where there could interact with the spiritual world and then later it became a social hobby. Today a huge amount of people are use to it and it has become an addiction, a pretty bad addiction.
Smoking is not just harmful for the smoker but also to others around him or her and ultimately our environment is also badly effecting from it. Some of the toxic chemicals found in smoke may include; Benzene (found in gasoline), Ammonia (use in household cleaners), Toluene (use in paint thinners), Cadmium (use in making batteries) and Hydrogen Cyanide (use in chemical weapons). According to different surveys smokers live a shorter life as compared to non-smokers. The diseases caused by this bad and unethical activity includes; lung cancer, heart attacks, vascular stenosis and other heart and lung related health issues. It may also cause impotency among the smoker.
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So due to the above mentioned negative aspects of smoking, it is a wise decision to quit this bad habit, so that you may not harm yourself and your surroundings. Quitting any daily habit will not be easy for anyone but you have to take some strong measurements to quit smoking. Below are given some ways to quit smoking:
Make a list
Before quit smoking, make a list of the advantages (there are none) and disadvantages of it, like the following:
- Not good for health
- Not good for others health
- Not good for the environment as a whole
- Can cause lung cancer and heart diseases
- Also can cause impotency
This list will help you making a strong decision for quitting the smoking habit.
Nicotine replacement therapy
Nicotine is addictive and so it will be very tough for anyone to stop the use of nicotine without proper care. So it is advisable to use nicotine gum, patches and lozengs, so to increase your will to quit smoking. Use of these products with smoking is not advisable.
You may also use some prescribed pills, if you are not comfortable with the nicotine-replacement products like the gum and patches. These pills will reduce the cravings for the nicotine and make smoking less satisfying.
Share your thoughts about quitting smoking
It is seen that sharing your feelings for quitting smoking will help you a lot in this process. So join some support group, share with friends and family or even an expert counselor. They will all encourage you to quit this bad habit, unless and until they are non-smokers. This positive discussion along with the use of the nicotine-replacement products or the prescribed pills will definitely help you in getting rid of this bad habit.
People often say that they smoke to get rid from their stress or depression. So when you have made up your mind to quit smoking you better find some other ways to divert your mind from the stress and depression. You may go for some massage therapy, go out for movies, listen to soft soothing music and may go out of to town to some hilly area to enjoy the nature, so that you may keep yourself away from the stress of your life.
Avoid other triggers
Replacing smoking with other injurious activities should be avoided. Like you may go for alcohol to replace smoking, this is definitely not a good idea or you may start drinking a lot of coffee, which is also bad for health. So don't put yourself into activities that are not good for your health. If you drink a lot of coffee you should replace it with tea and if you start the intake of alcohol to replace nicotine, you should avoid it and try not to drink too much. To stop the craving for nicotine use gum either nicotine gum or simple mint gums. If your use to smoke after having the meal, you may find chewing gum or brushing teeth a helpful activity.
A light exercise like walking will also help you in reducing the nicotine cravings. Find some physical activity to divert your mind from this bad habit to live a healthy life. Stress is also controllable by following some physical activities.
Eat more fruit and veggies
Increasing the intake of fruits, vegetables and low-fat food items will help the nicotine craving. A study has explained that using these food items will make the smoking taste awful. This habit of reducing the nicotine craving is one of the most useful and beneficial activity for your health.
These are some of the easy tips that can be followed to quit smoking. You may also find quitting smoking a benefit in monetary terms. The finance you can save from avoiding this bad habit of smoking can be put into some other positive activity or purpose. Quit smoking not for yourself but also the loved one around you and for the environment as a whole. So don't waste another precious moment of your life and start planning to quit smoking, so that you may live a long healthy and wealthy life.