May 7, 2010

Why do we smoke?

Filed under: smoking — Tags: , , , , , — drwatson @ 10:39 pm

Smoking and smoking related diseases kill one in ten people worldwide. Smoking has been known to lead to cancer, lung disease, cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, stroke, aneurysms, and many other potentially fatal diseases. If smoking is so dangerous, why do people still smoke?

Many people start smoking at a young age, when they are still unaware or uncaring of the diseases and potential harm smoking may have. Smoking is also seen as fun, or a social thing in many countries.  “Hey, do you have a light?” is often a good conversation starter. Smoking is also often used as an award. When you have done something well, sometimes you pat yourself on the back by having a cigarette.

Now that I’m hooked, how do I quit?

Write it down – It has been proven that by writing down your goals, and reading them on a regular basis will motivate you much more in the direction of achieving your goals.

Throw away your cigarettes – Get rid of anything smoking related, such as ashtrays and lighters. Seeing these things will only make you long for a smoke.

Avoid your triggers – You know the things that temp you to smoke. For instance if you smoke when you drink, avoid drinking for a while after you quit smoking.

Use products – Using products to help you quit smoking is extremely helpful. Nicorette gum and inhalers are helpful to quit smoking.

Quitting smoking is very difficult and it’s easy to relapse into old habits. Quitting will take time, energy, and sometimes money.

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