Tobacco use and exposure to second-hand smoke are responsible for more than 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S., according to the American Lung Association.
Most people are aware of the numerous health risks that arise from cigarette smoking and yet, Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the U.S.
Quitting smoking is not a single event that happens on one day, it is a journey. By quitting, you will improve your health and the quality and duration of your life as well as the lives of those around you.
To quit smoking, you not only need to alter your behavior and cope with the withdrawal symptoms experienced from cutting out nicotine, but you also need to find other ways to manage your mood.
Here are some ways to tackle smoking cessation :
- Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
- Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit.
- Anticipate and plan for the challenges you’ll face while quitting.
- Set a quit date.
- Tell family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit.
- Enlist your social network.