Looking to quit smoking cigarettes? What is the best way to quit smoking? Below you’ll find some motivational information, as well as the latest news about smoking and smoking cessation.
Ready to quit smoking?
Certainly you’ve heard all the good things that happen when you quit cigarettes.
For one, you reduce your risk of getting cancer -- lung and otherwise -- as well as your risk for heart disease, COPD, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. In addition, you'll notice all those unsavoury symptoms -- the smoker's cough, the wheezing, the shortness of breath -- start to subside.
Some of these effects happen over time, and others can occur in as little as 20 minutes after you put that final cigarette down.
Whatever your reason for kicking the habit, there are a whole range of incentives to keep you motivated over the course of the next few weeks, months, and truthfully, every year to come.
LIFE'S BETTER AFTER TOBACCO
It may seem like a no-brainer to quit, but as we're all well-aware, it's hardly ever that simple. There could be psychological or social factors that prevent people from succeeding in their efforts (if they ever get to the point of trying). But even when you're totally in the right headspace to quit, your body could put up quite the fight. Nicotine is, after all, about as addicting as heroin or cocaine.
Then there's the withdrawal symptoms. These usually kick in a few hours after your last cigarette, but you might not be out of the woods for another few days or weeks. Think irritability, depression, anxiety, fitful sleep, headaches, dizziness, restlessness, and plenty more where that came from.
The good news: it gets easier the longer you go.
If you've tried and failed to quit cigarettes, there are a number of steps you can take to make your next shot more successful, and that includes focusing on the light at the end of the tunnel:
- Pick a relatively quiet, stress-free time to quit.
- Enlist a support network. Have your friends and family hold you accountable, and ask for their patience in advance.
- Brainstorm a list of activities you can do to replace the things you normally associate with smoking (like going on cigarette breaks with your coworkers).
- Remind yourself that no matter how intense your cravings will feel, they're only temporary.
- Try using a smoking cessation aid if cold-turkey is something that didn't work for you in the past.