The New Year brings New Year’s resolutions. Is quitting smoking on your list of goals for 2017? If so,
congratulations! Smoking cessation may be the single greatest thing you can do to improve your health.
Quitting smoking produces almost immediate results including:
- Improved circulation
- Lower blood pressure
- Less difficulty breathing
- Return of your tasting and smelling senses
- Reduced stains on teeth and fingers
In the long-term, giving up tobacco helps you live a higher quality of life for a longer period of time. You significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer with each year that you stay smoke-free.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy. Nicotine is the addictive chemical in cigarettes that makes you crave them. Your first day without cigarettes will be especially hard. Keep the following tips in mind:
- Make a Quit Plan. Having a plan in place can help you stay motivated and confident on your quit day.
- Stay busy. Keep your hands and mouth busy. Chew gum or have a pen or other object in your hands to keep them occupied. Spend time with non-smoking friends. Go for a walk or go to the movie.
- Avoid smoking triggers. Especially on your first day, avoid people, places and things that give you the urge to smoke.
- Stay positive. Don’t think of quitting as forever. Take it one day at a time. Set up rewards for being smoke-free for 24 hours, 48 hours, etc.
- Ask for help. Don’t keep your plans a secret. Tell family and friends when your quit day will be so they can offer support and motivation.
Schedule an appointment with a physician at Lake Norman Pulmonary & Critical Care to discuss strategies and resources. From online apps to motivational text messages, there are a variety of tools to help you kick the smoking habit for good.