Say no to smoking
Written by Carl Malkin Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction
“60% of smokers say they would find it hard to go one day without smoking.”
Numbers who quit
22% of women and 27% of men are now ex-smokers. Surveys show that about two-thirds of current smokers would like to stop smoking.
More than half, (59%) of all adults report that they have never smoked.
It can be a big change to your lifestyle trying to quit smoking as it becomes a habit as well as an addiction. When you wake up in the morning you have a cigarette, when you have a break from work/college, after eating or during the breaks of a television show. This is when you realise it’s not going to be an easy task quitting and as the nicotine starts to get less and less in your system everything becomes an excuse to smoke again.
Deaths from smoking
About half of all regular cigarette smokers will eventually be killed by their addiction.
Every year, over 100,000 smokers in the UK die from smoking related causes.
Smoking accounts for over one-third of respiratory deaths and over one-quarter of cancer deaths.
This is where the weak willed individuals give up and say I can’t do it and are back to smoking as quick as it takes to make a cup of coffee. For those that can get past the first few days you have done really well and are over the biggest hurdle of quitting.
Most programs to help you quit smoking will get you to write down the reasons why you want to quit and carry it with you at all times. If you start to have cravings read your reasons for quitting and you forget about the craving and don’t give in to them.
If you’ve ever heard the saying “Winners never quit, and quitters never win,” you know that doesn’t apply to cigarettes. Real winners are the ones who do quit.
There are many different products/services available to help you quit smoking available through the NHS and also in shops and supermarket. Here are some ways you can help yourself quit smoking.
Self Help Ways to Quit Smoking
•Make a plan to quit smoking
•Change your diet
•Change your drink
•Identify when you crave cigarettes
•Get some support
•Make non-smoking friends