The start of a new year is always a great time to change your health positively. Why not make that change by deciding to stop smoking? Don’t think of it as a new year resolution as those are far too easy to break. Instead, think of it as a promise to yourself to improve your health and extend your life! Your local pharmacy can offer a wide range of support if you decide that it is time to give up tobacco once and for all!
Why Should You Stop Smoking
Like so many things in life, it can be challenging to give up an enjoyable pastime. If we add that smoking is also an addiction, then it becomes even more challenging to kick the habit. However, a quick look at some startling statistics can be an excellent motivator for those on the fence.
- When you quit smoking, you lower your risk of early death and add ten years or more to your life expectancy.
- Quitting smoking has been proven to decrease the risk of developing 12 different types of cancer.
- Smoking is responsible for almost half a million deaths in the United States every year, making it the leading cause of preventable death.
- Sixteen million Americans are currently living with a chronic disease caused by smoking.
Tips To Help You Quit Smoking
One of the most important things you need to do if you are going to quit smoking is to develop a plan. Don’t just go cold turkey and expect to succeed. Think about how you will break the habits that come with being a smoker. What will you do about the cravings and the symptoms of withdrawal? The best thing to do is to talk to your local pharmacy. Not only can they talk you through available smoking cessation products such as nicotine gum or patches, but they may also be able to direct you towards additional support such as quit smoking classes, groups, or counseling in your local area.
Nicotine replacement therapy can be beneficial. When you start to experience nicotine withdrawal, you may begin to experience headaches, mood swings, and fatigue on top of the cravings. However, studies show that using nicotine gum, lozenges, or patches can significantly improve your likelihood of success when quitting smoking. All of these products can be purchased over-the-counter at your local pharmacy.
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