11 October 2016
Are you trying to quit smoking or you know someone who is? If yes, then you should read this.
Smoking is widely known to pose immense danger to the health of smokers; even makers of cigarettes make sure to pass this across in their commercials. Smoking also worsens pre-existing health conditions.
I personally know a couple of people who have tried without success to quit smoking. Despite having read, heard and understood the dangers smoking posed to their health they still haven’t been able to quit.
According to the American Cancer Society, the reason why it is difficult to quit smoking is because of the addictive substance in the tobacco – Nicotine.
Nicotine is a very strong poison that can kill a human in less than an hour if even a small amount is injected into the blood-stream.
Tobacco smoke contains very tiny amounts of nicotine that are not deadly, but are still very bad for your health.
There are a lot of diseases linked to cigarette smoking . They include throat cancer, mouth cancer, bladder cancer, lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and heart disease.
As a matter of fact, hundreds of thousands of people die each year from cigarette smoking-related diseases, while many more die from passive smoking.
If you are terrified about these facts, it is time to spare yourself and those around you the agonies of smoking. Quit now. Before you embark on this quitting trip, however, it is important to know it won’t be that easy and you will feel the urge to light up after a bit of stress or resistance.
These tips may help you to quit:
Talk to a victor: In order to motivate yourself that it is achievable, find someone who has quit smoking and share from his or her. It will be the fuel you need to succeed.
Write down your reasons to quit: this will serve as your motivation whenever you feel like giving up. Make sure you visit this jotting everyday to remind yourself why you are on this journey.
Get friends and family involved: The more support you have, the more likely you are to quit smoking. Ask your loved ones to help keep you on track by checking up to ask how many days you have been off the stick.
Identify your triggers: it is important to know those situations that always lead you to smoke and avoid them or prepare ahead how you will deal with them.
Anticipate cravings: it is expected that you’ll experience nicotine cravings as your body begins to go through withdrawal. They generally last for five minutes and no longer than 10 minutes. So you won’t die.
Expect to feel a little off: Nicotine withdrawal can make you feel anxious, cranky, sad, and even make it hard for you to fall asleep. It helps to know that all these feelings are a normal and temporary part of the process.
Get rid of all your cigarettes: you cannot be trying to quit while staring at a pack in front of you. If you don’t have cigarettes on hand, it will make it that much easier to stay the course when a craving hits.
Lastly, is important to speak with your doctor about over-the-counter and stop-smoking medications that can make quitting easier, there are also nicotine gum that you can chew on when there are strong cravings.
Author: Dotun Obatuyi
My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.