Smoking is the inhalation of smoke from burned dried or cured leaves of the tobacco plant. Generally, People smoke for pleasure, for ritualistic or social purposes, or for self-medication, as well as to satisfy a physiological dependence on nicotine.
Everyone knows that smoking is injurious to health. The main health risks in tobacco pertain to diseases of the cardiovascular system, in particular, myocardial infarction (heart attack), diseases of the respiratory tract such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma, emphysema, and cancer, particularly lung cancer and cancers of the larynx and tongue.
Passive or involuntary smoking occurs when the exhaled and ambient smoke (otherwise known as environmental or secondhand smoke) from one person’s cigarette is inhaled by other people. Passive smoking involves inhaling carcinogens, as well as other toxic components, that are present in secondhand tobacco smoke.
Secondhand smoke is known to harm children, infants, and reproductive health through acute lower respiratory tract illness, asthma induction and exacerbation, chronic respiratory symptoms, middle ear infection, lower birth weight babies, and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). So if you are a smoker this article is for you. I guarantee if you follow these below-mentioned tips, you will definitely be able to quit smoking.
1. ‘No’ means ‘No’
First of all, decide that “I have to quit smoking at any cost.” Make a big banner and put it on the wall. Put this banner as wallpaper of your PC if you are on the computer for a long time. The most important thing for quitting is your faith, your confidence, and determination. At that moment of time remember all the tough events of your life, how you managed those problems and came out from them successfully.
2. Getting yourself ready
Prepare a big list of advantages (long life, better health, happy family, money-saving, etc.) of quitting smoking and always keep in your pocket, whenever you fill to light the cigarette, read that list once again. Also, prepare another list of disadvantages of smoking and keep it in another pocket. Both lists will always stop you from smoking cigarettes.
3. Spread the word
Inform all your friends and family members that you are going to quit smoking. Especially request all your smoker friends not to smoke in front of you. I am confident your family and friends will gladly support your decision to quit smoking. Also, talk to your doctor about quitting. Support and guidance from a physician are also very important for a successful quit. Believe me, if you find any other smoker who is going to quit, then this job will become very easier for you. So find some other smoker who is trying to quit, and help each other with discussing the advantages of quitting smoking and disadvantages of smoking.
4. Mark your calendar
Now set a date for quit. Remove all the traces of cigarettes from your room, office, car, etc. Celebrate your last cigarette and I will suggest you smoke that brand which you don’t like.
5. Seclude yourself
Always try to spend your maximum time in the non-smoking zone. Ignore your smoker friends. If someone is smoking in front of you then request him not to do so and explain to him your decision and suggest him to quit also.
6. Build up healthy habits
Follow good health habits, like regular morning walks, breathing fresh air, drinking lots of water, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, etc. Try to avoid alcohol, tea, coffee, and other beverages that you associate with cigarette smoking.
7. Look for substitutes
Try out some Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). Nicotine patches or chewing gum, maybe a good idea for those who smoke heavily or who feel they may need extra help. There are also medicines available on prescription for which you have to talk to your doctor.
8. Inspire yourself
If you find you are losing motivation to quit, remind yourself of the many medical and financial benefits of quitting, check your pockets for disadvantages of smoking. Imagine the face of your child, wife, and other family members. What will be the impact if you again start smoking? Believe me, if you think like this you’ll never light the cigarette again.
Always remember smoking kills.