Tobacco kills. You and I both know it. Everyone knows it, and smokers may know better than anyone else. That’s because they’re the ones who suffer from the devastating effects that smoking cigarettes can cause. The medical costs and lost productivity related to smoking reach into the billions, and that’s not counting the personal toll it takes on those of us who have lost a loved one way too soon because of tobacco use. You just can’t put a price tag on a loss like that.
You may have known a lot of smokers in your lifetime, but you’ve probably never come across someone who didn’t want to quit, who just thought that smoking was the best habit that they could’ve possibly picked up. With all of this overwhelming evidence that smoking is hazardous to your health, why doesn’t every smoker just throw down their cigarette and never pick another one up again? If they know that they’re killing themselves with every puff they take, why wouldn’t they just stop? The short answer is because it’s hard. The long answer is beyond the scope of this article, and involves a lot of technical jargon that basically boils down to the short answer. Let’s just leave it at “It’s hard,” and move on to some strategies that you may be able to use to help you (or a loved one) on the quest to quit smoking.
Before you stub out that last smoke, be sure you’ve already completed the following 5 steps:
- Decide you’re going to do it. This is the all-important first step; decide that you don’t want to smoke and set a date that you’re going to stop on.
- Make a plan. It is much easier to accomplish a goal when you have set out a strategy for achieving your goals.
- Identify your triggers. Figure out the things that make you want to have a cigarette, and come up with a way to deal with those situations. Being prepared can increase your chances of successfully battling the cravings to come.
- Tell everybody. By announcing your goal you’re setting yourself up to be accountable for that goal.
- Ask for help. Your friends and family will most likely be very supportive of your decision to quit smoking, so when it gets rough asked them for help.
Talk to your doctor and Chiropractor about your plans to quit. There are a lot of nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) on the market and your doctor may be able to suggest one that will work for you. Your Chiropractor can work with you on different ways to manage the withdrawals to come, and the relaxation techniques you will need to see them through.
It may be the hardest thing that you’ve ever done, but once you’ve kicked the butts you will begin to feel a lot better and you’ll be glad that you did.
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