Why should I Quit Smoking?
Smokers find themselves sick more often than non-smokers. The average smoker misses 7 1/2 work days a year compared to 4 1/2 for the non-smoker.
If you smoke, your body will require more sleep than a non-smoker.
Smoking makes people more irritable and argumentative, in part due to subconscious knowledge of the above mentioned points.
To Live A Longer Life.
Cigarettes really are “Eating You Alive.” Smokers killed by tobacco die about 14 years sooner than non-smokers.
To Improve the Health of People around You.
Second-hand smoke kills. It causes cancer, heart disease, and other illnesses. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to have bronchitis, asthma, ear infections, and pneumonia.
To Live Quality of life.
Your Clothes, Home and Car won’t Stink.
Food will Taste better.
For Better Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Smoking does affect your performance in the act! Women who smoke have more difficulty getting and staying pregnant.
Be free of Addiction.
Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances known.
Easy ways to Quit
1. Prepare yourself.
Make a list of your reasons for quitting and read it often.
2. Pick a quit date.
Get rid of ashtrays and lighters, and throw out all cigarettes.
3. Have a smoke-free car and home.
It is healthier for others and will help you resist smoking.
4. Get support and encouragement.
Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are quitting and ask for their support.
5. Get a quit buddy.
Ask a smoker to quit with you, or find someone who has already quit who you can talk to for support.
6. Notice what triggers cravings.
Alcohol, coffee, and stress can make you feel like smoking.
So can seeing others smoke, ask smokers you know not to light up in front of you.
7. Consider using medications.
The nicotine patch or gum, and medications such as Zyban (Bupropion) and Chantix (Varenicline) greatly reduce cravings and double your chance of success. Talk to your Doctor for further support.
8. Help yourself cope.
Drink a lot of water to help with cravings. Exercise to relieve stress and improve your mood and health – a brisk walk often does the trick.
9. Get your Mind Off Smoking.
Talk to a friend when you feel like smoking. Get busy with a simple task, eat a healthy snack, take a walk, or chew gum. Avoid places and situations you associate with smoking.
10. Stay away from that first cigarette!
Having even one can make you start back up. Cravings will lessen the longer you don’t smoke. If you can quit for 3 months, you’ll likely quit for good.
Don’t Give Up!
• It takes most people a few tries before they succeed. If you start smoking again, don’t be discouraged –try again.
• You haven’t failed – you have learned about the triggers and situations that make you smoke.
• The next time you quit will be easier. Just throw out your cigarettes and start again.
• It’s never too late to quit