Quit Smoking For Good
First of all we need to ask ourselves, why is kicking the habit so hard? The answer is simple: tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. Nicotine found in cigarettes provides you with a temporary and addictive high, so eliminating your “fix” will cause you physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Now, because nicotine gives you a sort of “feel good” effect on your brain, you may have been smoking to cope with stress, depression, anxiety, boredom or for social activities.
At the same time, smoking becomes a daily ritual or an automatic response for you when presented with certain situations such as to smoke a cigarette with your morning coffee, or on your lunch break at work or school, perhaps while you wait for your bus at the end of a long day. It may be that some of your close friends and family smoke or maybe workmates, and it has now become part of the way you relate to them. So to tackle the problem and kick the habit, you need to address the problem head on to stop the addiction, habit and routines that go along with it. All of the factors that trigger you to smoke.
Smoking and Your Health
You may already know that smoking is bad for your health and may lead to cancer, but a very common mistake that most smokers make is to think that the chances of their own health being seriously affected by smoking is slim. You also have many smokers thinking that each cigarette packet they buy is going to be the last one and then they quit, when in fact they never do.
Don’t fall into this type of warped thinking. If you’re worried about your health and you’re trying to kick the habit for good, do it as soon as possible. You may be causing yourself more harm than you think.
According to the American Cancer Society , Smoking harms nearly every organ of your body, and half of all smoker who keep smoking will end up dying from an illness related to tobacco smoke. In the U.S alone, 1 out of 5 people die due to tobacco smoke related illnesses, and more than 16 million people are already suffering from smoke related diseases and having to cope with it in their daily lives.
Why Quit Now?
If you’re a smoker looking for convincing reasons on why you should kick the habit for good ,and you’ve read up to here on this article, then your doing good so far. Continue reading, here are a few more reasons on why you’re making the right choice:
The Big C word everyone dreads and knows that smoking is linked to it, but what many don’t realize is that it may not only cause lung cancer but mouth, nose, sinuses, lip, voice box, throat, stomach, esophagus, bladder, kidney, liver, pancreas, ovary, cervix, colon, rectum and acute myeloid leukemia.
(COPD) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Smoking also greatly increases your chances of developing lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. These diseases worsen over time and sometimes become fatal. Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema can be found in smokers younger than 40, but are usually found in older patients. Pneumonia and Tuberculosis are also included in the list of lung diseases caused by smoking.
Still not convinced? How about if I said that smokers are twice as likely to die from heart attacks, strokes, and blood vessel diseases, blindness in older people, and if you’re a guy you may suffer from erectile dysfunction amongst other problems. Stained skin, gum disease, bad breath, bad smelling clothes, tooth loss, yellow teeth and fingernails.
Risks to Pregnant Women
If you’re a woman over 35 who smokes and take birth control pills, you have a higher risk of a heart attack, stroke and blood clots in your legs. If you’re a pregnant smoker, you increase your chances of having a miscarriage. Your baby may have a low weight at birth or develop a cleft palate or lip.
There are many more reasons why you should quit smoking for good. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your family and friends and choose life over harmful tobacco.