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Putting Out Your Bad Habit: Smoking

Stop Smoking

Yahoo! Health recently published an article claiming that women have now caught up to men in being at risk for lung cancer, due in large part to the fact that they are now “smoking like men.” The study claims that nearly 35 million Americans smoke and that the average lifetime is cut short by ten years due to smoking.

If you are a part of the 35 million Americans who smoke, this could come as a surprise. However, it is probably just a reminder that smoking is a bad habit, especially when it comes to your personal health. You may have previously tried quitting, but were unsuccessful. Below are some tips to help you try again and possibly succeed:

  • Give yourself a reason to quit and know the reason. To quit smoking because you see it as poor for your health should be reason enough, but unfortunately it isn’t. Choose a reason that is captivating enough to help you fight the urge to smoke.
  • Ease into quitting with the help of therapy or medicinal aid instead of stopping cold turkey. According to WebMD, 95% of smokers that attempt to quit without the aid of therapy or smoking cessation medicines fail. Without their help, your body can go through nicotine withdrawal driving you to start back up on your bad habit.
  • Seek support from those around you. Have conversations with the people in your life about your attempt to quit. Encouragement and support could be what makes a difference in your attempt to no longer smoke. Do not be afraid to open up about your goal.
  • Find alternative options for managing stress. Many smokers claim that the reason they smoke is to relieve stress. If you have different options to manage your stress, this no longer becomes an excuse or an obstacle to overcome.
  • Be consistent. At some point, nearly all of us fall off the wagon when trying to quit a bad habit. It is likely that you will too. However, do not let this completely discourage your attempt to quit smoking. Instead, never give up until you have completely reached your goal.

Using the above tips you will be well on your way to living a much longer and healthier life.

Sources: Yahoo! Health and WebMD

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