How to quit smoking

Tobacco smoke contains numerous types of harmful chemicals which are harmful both to smokers and non-smokers. There are nearly 7000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, out of which 250 are believed to be harmful and 69 of them cause cancer. Nicotine is a drug that is naturally present in tobacco and it is believed to be addictive. While smoking nicotine enters the lungs and gets absorbed in the bloodstream and travels to the brain in a matter of seconds. To quit smoking is difficult but it is very much possible and done every day. Here are the steps on how to quit smoking:

• Set a quit date.
• Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
• Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
• Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car and work.
• Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit

After quitting, one may feel dizzy, restless and strong headaches which are caused by the lack of immediate release of sugar from nicotine. Some people have a bigger appetite. There are going to be cravings for sugar but these cravings do not last more than a few days so keep your consumption of sugar higher during these days.

Cigarette cravings include the after meal cigarette, alcohol and cigarettes and social smoking. Here are the tips:

• You can replace your after meal cigarette with something healthy like fruits, desserts, a square of chocolate or may a chewing gum.
• You can get rid of the habit of smoking while drinking alcohol, by drinking at bars and pubs where you can not smoke inside or at a friend’s place where smoking is prohibited. Try snacking on nuts and snacks while drinking so that it will distract you from smoking.
• Last but not least is the social smoking, which can avoid by telling everyone around you that you are trying to quit. Make sure they know that they should not smoke in front of you .

 

 

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