Smoking: Steps to Help You Break the Habit I


 

Why does it seem so hard to stop smoking?
 
Smoking causes changes in your body and in the way you act. The changes in your body are caused by an addiction to nicotine. The changes in the way you act developed over time as you bought cigarettes, lit them and smoked them. These changes have become your smoking habit.
 
When you have a smoking habit, many things seem to go along with having a cigarette. These might include having a cup of coffee or an alcoholic drink, being stressed or worried, talking on the phone, driving, socializing with friends or wanting something to do with your hands.
 
Immediate reasons to stop
  • Bad breath and stained teeth
  • Bad smell in clothes and hair and on skin
  • Lower athletic ability
  • Cough and sore throat
  • Faster heartbeat and raised blood pressure
  • Risk of second-hand smoke to people around you
  • Cost of smoking
 
Long-term reasons to stop
  • Toxic chemicals in cigarette smoke
  • Risk of lung cancer and many other types of cancer
  • Risk of heart disease
  • Serious breathing problems
  • Time lost working or having fun because you're sick
  • Wrinkles
  • Risk of stomach ulcers and acid reflux
  • Risk of gum disease
  • Risk of damage to babies of pregnant women who smoke
  • Setting a bad example for your children
 
How can I stop smoking?
  • You'll have the best chance of stopping if you do the following:
  • Get ready.
  • Get support and encouragement.
  • Learn how to handle stress and the urge to smoke.
  • Get medication and use it correctly.
  • Be prepared for relapse.
  • Keep trying.

 

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