Revisit Your Resolution: If your goal for 2016 is to quit smoking, you know it’s a habit that may be easy to start, but extremely challenging to break.
By Ashley Smith – February 25th, 2016
We’ve all heard about the impact smoking can have on your health and hygiene; stains on your teeth, high risk of gum disease, decline of lung function and a proven link to cancer.
However, even with all of that in mind, you may have tried to quit several times in the past, only to pick the habit right back up again.
“Nicotine is addictive, so it’s hard to give up an addictive substance,” says American Cancer Society Community Manager Richard Pulley. “We’ve actually discovered that only four to five percent of folks who try to go at it cold turkey without any kind of nicotine replacement therapy, counseling, support are successful.”
So, many smokers may need more than just a hefty dose of willpower to break the habit.
Because there is a proven direct link between smoking and several forms of cancer, the American Cancer Society has taken a vested interest in helping people quit. Community Manager Richard Pulley says it’s not just about putting the cigarette down, but fighting the constant desire to light one up.
“Drink tons and tons and tons and tons of water,” Pulley says. “And if you get a craving, if you get a headache, you’re feeling moody, go for a walk and take really deep breaths of fresh air.”
Here are some other tips from the American Cancer Society that you can start doing today to help you quit smoking:
- Talk about it- Tell your friends and family that you are trying to quit so they hold you accountable.
- Change your routine- If you normally have a cigarette during certain activities or in particular places, stop doing those activities or visiting those places; if you can help it.
- Tell your doctor- They can provide medical assistance, help you find counseling and suggest nicotine replacement therapies.
- Stay away from vaping and e-cigarettes- There is not enough research to prove that they’re safe, many of them still contain nicotine and the American Cancer Society fears their popularity could normalize smoking again.