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  • Writer's pictureDean Cranney

It's time to quit smoking!

Smoking is a major risk factor for many chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health.

If you are ready to quit smoking, here are a few tips:

  1. Set a quit date. Once you have decided to quit, set a quit date. This will give you something to work towards.

  2. Tell your friends and family that you are quitting. They can offer support and encouragement.

  3. Get rid of all cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, and snuff.

  4. Find a quit-smoking program. There are many different quit-smoking programs available, including online programs, phone-based programs, and in-person programs. Find a program that is right for you.

  5. Use medication. There are a number of medications that can help you quit smoking. These medications can help to reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

  6. Be patient. Quitting smoking is not easy. It takes time and effort. Don't give up if you slip up. Just get back on track and keep trying.

  7. Find healthy ways to cope with stress. When you are feeling stressed, it is important to find healthy ways to cope. This could include exercise, relaxation techniques, or spending time with loved ones.

  8. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you are struggling to quit smoking, don't be afraid to ask for help from your doctor, a therapist, or a support group.

Quitting smoking is a challenge, but it is worth it. With hard work and determination, you can quit smoking and improve your health.

Here are a few amazing stats about quitting:

  • Within 20 minutes of quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.

  • Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

  • Within 1 to 9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.

  • Within 1 to 2 years, your risk of heart attack decreases by half.

  • Within 5 years, your risk of stroke decreases by half.

  • Within 10 years, your risk of lung cancer decreases by half.

  • Your risk of other types of cancer, such as throat, mouth, and bladder cancer, also decreases.

Quitting smoking is never too late. Even if you have been smoking for many years, quitting can still improve your health. So if you are ready to quit smoking, don't wait. There are many resources available to help you succeed.


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