Smoking kills. You are hurting everyone around you. Your cigarette is polluting the environment. You will die sooner than everyone. We will never stop saying it and smokers will keep on finding excuses.
“…But I exercise! It removes all smoking’s residues from my lungs”
“… But I switched to light cigarettes”
“… But it’s too late now, I’ve been smoking for years!”
“… But I will gain weight if I quit and it will be as unhealthy as smoking”
“… But I only harm myself so why are you bothering me?”
How much do you agree with the statements above? We have the answer, and it’s definitely a NO!
Quitting tobacco is not easy as tobacco dependence is a cluster of behavioral, cognitive and physiological phenomena. Very few tobacco users can successfully quit the habit in their first attempt. But the evidence is strong that it can be done. From quit lines to counselling to prescription medicines, there are numerous effective ways to quit.
It all starts with believing that you can do it, just repeat to yourself:
– Quitting is important to me and I want to be a non-tobacco user
– I have a chance of quitting successfully
Plus, there are facts that the tobacco user should never forget:
– There are immediate and long-term health benefits of quitting for all smokers
– People of all ages who have already developed smoking-related health problems can still benefit from quitting
– Quit smoking decreases the excess risk of many diseases as well as other complications related to second-hand smoke in children
– Quit smoking reduces the chances of impotence, having difficulty getting pregnant, having premature births, babies with low birth weights and miscarriage
Plan and set a quitting strategy that will improve your confidence in quitting:
1. Set a quit date
2. Tell your friends, family and coworkers
3. Anticipate challenges
4. Remove tobacco products from your environment
Don’t worry about gaining weight, it’s a chance to “health up” your lifestyle:
– Practice Regular Physical Activities
– Take Healthy Eating Choices
– Drink Water for Your Life
OK, now that you know all that, you are set and ready to face the challenging upcoming withdrawal period. We know it is hard and some symptoms will appear but you are strong enough not to give up:
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Fatigue, drowsiness and insomnia
- Difficulty concentrating
- Depressed mood
- Increased hunger and caloric intake
- Increased desire for the taste of sweets
- Tobacco cravings
The symptoms will not kill you, help yourself get through it. You can deal with it while adjusting your action/ behavior lifestyle as well, here’s some suggestions:
Some numbers that will delete the word “impossible” from your glossary:
– 12 hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
– 60% of countries operating toll-free national quit lines are in high-income countries
– 84% is the increased chance of quitting successfully after being intensively advised by a physician
– In a growing number of countries, there are more ex-smokers than smokers and up to three-quarters of ex-smokers have quit without assistance
You can do it! BMG physicians can be your way out; you’re only one phone call away: 1291. Let’s support this initiative helping live a healthier life launched by the World Health Organization.
Be Tobacco Free because You Deserve It!