Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Stop Smoking Now

Smoking Stats
Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Every year, more than 440,000 Americans die prematurely due to smoking and 38,000 non-smokers in the U.S. die from inhaling cigarette smoke. Yet, there are still 46 million (20.6%) adults in the United States who are current smokers and another 125 million children and adults who are exposed to secondhand smoke.

How To Stop Smoking
Some smoker just stop cold turkey. But most smokers may need to try more than once. Remember that smoking cessation may be a process rather than a single event. You may have been smoking for a long time and have linked smoking to certain situations such as driving, having a drink etc. Your body and mind may be addicted to nicotine's effect. That's why it's so hard to quit. Don't feel guilty about previous failures and don't give up. Pat yourself on the back for starting to move in the right direction. Choosing to stop smoking is the most important decision you can make in your life. So congratulations.

The first thing you should do is to think about the reasons you should stop smoking. It helps if you write them down. Set a quit date and mark it on your calendar. Enlist the support of family and friends and talk to your doctor about which method may work best for you. Nicotine replacement is effective (patch 17%, Nasal spray 30%) . Bupropion is 30% effective. Chantix is about 40% effective. The method that gets you to stop is 100% effective.

The first day you quit throw away your cigarettes and accessories. You may have cravings which will usually pass in several minutes. Keep busy. Practice breathing exercises and drink plenty of water. In the beginning don't hang out with people that smoke and avoid those areas that will likely tempt you. When you quit smoking, you may have to put up with some stuff like bad nerves and crabbiness for awhile. The "crazies" usually last for 1–2 weeks after you quit. After that, your body begins to forget about nicotine and you start feeling better.

The following are links to resources that can help:
Video about controlling cravings by auto suggestion (MC2 Method)
Real cost of smoking
Video demonstration on damaging effect of smoking
GetQuit
smokefree.gov
Free telephone counseling or referrals 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669)

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