I would not say that smoking is not fun. It is, particularly in the winter. But unfortunately, there are so many other things in the life that are fun but we cannot do them for health reasons.
It’s really hard to convince people, that smoking is somehow related to our heart condition. The reason is simple: we know of smokers who are in their eighties and doing fine. But then we also know of smokers who died in their forties as a result of heart attack.
So if you like your life and love your and wish to spend more time in his world, then might as well quit or at least smoke as little as possible. BBC, based on a research done by university of Bristol recently reported that each cigarette reduces 11 minutes from our lives. The calculation was done on the basis of the difference in the life expectancy between a smoker and a non-smoker. The researchers admitted that their calculations were crude as it relied on averages but they justified it saying that at least it showed the high cost of smoking in a way that everyone could understand.
If you want to quit, then the first thing you need to do is to ask yourself as to why do you want to give it up. It goes without saying that you cannot succeed unless you are convinced that it is something awful and you must leave this habit.
After convincing yourself, you ask the next question which is crucial in the case of most smokers that why you re-started this bad habit. You need avoid the mistakes you made earlier.
Once you have decided, share your decision with as many as possible. This will help you in swaying public opinion in favor of your resolve and you will be compelled to adhere to your resolution as you have made it public.
When you quit, it is important that you quit completely. If you think that smoking less or even a few puffs should be allowed then you are in the wrong track. The few would eventually lead you to the original position. So the decision should be to destroy all your cigarettes and even remove ashtrays and anything else which may remind you of it.
Smokers know that their smoking is linked to a certain situation: being with certain friends, after tea or with it, and after meals, in the toilet and when you are sad or happy. I cannot advise you to avoid all the situations as it’s not possible but avoid the cues and the triggers as much you can.
One important thing to remember in this respect is that the urge to start smoking again goes away after about ten minutes, unless of course you deliberately keep thinking about it and keep observing the smokers to see how much pleasure they are driving out of it. The urge thus is not going to last by more than a few minutes. I do not say to fight it; the easy way is to divert your attention to anything else. Talk to a friend on phone; go for a walk; do anything which helps you in deflecting your attention to anything else. You will be surprised that the urge will be gone when you return.
Doctors say that in the long term, quitting smoking reduces your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and lung disease like emphysema or bronchitis. In the short term quitting smoking reduces respiratory problems, dental problems, nervousness and depression, and a tendency toward health damaging behaviors. One year after quitting smoking: you reduce your risk for heart disease by 50 percent.
Remember that quitting smoking now is one of the most powerful steps you can take to improve your overall health. It definitely cleanses your body of harmful substances. More than 4,000 individual compounds have been identified in tobacco and tobacco smoke. Among these about 60 compounds causes cancer. Quitting may even lower the amount of cholesterol in your blood. It gets rid of your dependence on a very powerful substance. Did you know that nicotine is as addictive as heroin or cocaine?
And lastly, do not be disheartened if you start again. Keep trying. You are lucky if you are able to give it in the first attempt but most achieve it after several attempts. Good luck…