Smoking is responsible for approximately one out of every five deaths in the United States. Not only is it harmful to almost every organ in your body, it reduces the overall quality of health in smokers as well. It highly increases your risk for developing lung cancer and other life threatening cancers and conditions.
It is also very harmful for those around you. Secondhand smoke increases a child's risk for developing certain illnesses and conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and middle ear problems just to name a few. Pregnant women who smoke also are at an increased risk for delivering low weight babies.
In addition to improving your health as well as the health of those around you, stopping smoking carries numerous benefits, including:
- Increased sense of taste and smell
- Decreased risk for developing lung cancer, oral cancer, heart disease and other serious health conditions
- Saving money
- Reducing bad breath
- Eliminating the lingering cough
How to Stop Smoking
It's not easy to stop smoking, but, with the right planning, anyone can do it.
In order to succeed in anything, you must have a goal and a plan. The first step should be to talk to your physician, family and friends. This support, along with some possible medications, can help you succeed in stopping smoking.
These action steps will be vital for your success in quitting smoking.
When you decide on the day you are going to stop smoking, let your family and friends know. They can provide support and encouragement during this pivotal time in your life. Talk to your physician about your plan for quitting smoking. Be sure to schedule an appointment with us prior to your stop date because there may be certain medications available to help you stop smoking.
Plan for challenges that may arise as you begin to stop smoking. Ways you can do this is by cleaning your house, office, car and other places of your smoking and tobacco products/supplies. Avoid going to places that allow smoking. Stock up on substitute products like sugarless gum, cinnamon sticks and hard candy to help alleviate your craving to smoke.
It may also be beneficial for you to join a support group to help increase your likeliness of stopping smoking.
If you tried before to start smoking and faced some challenges, just refocus and reflect on those obstacles and create a plan to help you avoid those triggers this time. Never give up. With the right plan and support anyone can stop smoking!