Even though the dangers of smoking are well documented, 5.8 million Canadians considered themselves “Smokers” in 2011. Smoking increases your chance of heart disease, lung disease and many different types of cancer. According to the Canadian Lung Association, lung cancer was among the leading causes of cancer death for both men and women in 2013. Smoking also damages your eyes, oral health, immune system and can lead to osteoporosis. So why do people still smoke? It is an addiction.
Cigarettes are mostly made from the tobacco plant, which contains nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive. Once a cigarette is lit, it contains over 4000 chemicals which mix together to form tar. This is why smoking, even just a little, is dangerous to your health and the health of those around you. Cigarettes are not only physically addictive, they are psychologically addictive. They become a part of your day and you develop associations between smoking and everyday activities (such as driving, eating, drinking coffee). Quitting is hard but your health will feel the benefits almost instantly. The Canadian Lung Association reports that within one year of quitting smoking your risk of dying from a heart attack drops by half.
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- Quit smoking one day at a time. Do not concern yourself with next year, next month, next week, or even tomorrow.
- Be aware of which situations will trigger the urge for a cigarette. For example: drinking coffee, alcohol, the end of meals, etc.
- Make a list of all of the reasons why you want to quit smoking. Keep this list with you, preferably where you used to carry your cigarettes. When you find yourself reaching for a cigarette, take out your list and read it. For instance, remember that cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals, many of which have been proven to be carcinogenic.
- Drink plenty of fruit juice during the first three days after you quit, to help flush nicotine out of your system.
- To help avoid weight gain, eat vegetables and fruit instead of candies and pastries. Celery and carrots are helpful, as they can be held like a cigarette.
- Save the money you usually spend on cigarettes and buy yourself something you really want after you’ve gone without smoking for a week or a month. Save for a year and treat yourself to a vacation.
- Practice deep breathing exercises when you have a craving.