Smoking is one of most addictive lifestyle behaviors having life-changing implications. It is a habit which many individuals find difficult to quit causing both physical and mental addiction and has been termed as one of the most significant health challenges that health organizations are facing today. Most people smoke for different reasons at different times. Reasons for smoking include psychological issues, habits, social pressures, and physical dependence on tobacco (which contains nicotine, a highly addictive drug).
Smoking is a general lifestyle behavior among young people. People engage in the practice as a way of having fun. Peer pressure is one of the leading factors that drive people to smoke. Parenting style also contributes to the chances of one becoming a smoker. Most people underestimate the health risks associated with smoking. Smoking leads to lung cancer, blindness, heart disease, strokes, asthma and wide variety of other diseases. Smokers experience more coughs and colds as compared to non- smokers and it can have a negative impact on others around smokers. Other health effects attributed to smoking includes affecting bone health, affecting the health of your teeth and gums and can cause tooth loss and causes general adverse effects on the body, including inflammation and decreased immune function . Also pregnant women who are exposed to cigarettes smoke have an increased risk of having abnormal baby.
Smoking today can cost you in the future. Hence it is important to quit smoking as it is a great way to improve our health and the health of those around us. The first step towards being a nonsmoker is deciding to quit smoking. Quitting smoking is hard work. Even with the best intentions, people who have moderate or severe nicotine addiction will have difficulty stopping tobacco use without help. A person who is nicotine dependent will usually need medical help and support in order to stop tobacco use and stay quit. Aside from the physical addiction, many regular smokers report that smoking is part of their everyday routine. A person needs to make changes in their normal routine and that can be hard. But you can be successful. Think about when you smoke and what you are doing when you smoke. Try to do things differently or do things that don’t remind you of smoking. For example, if you always smoke after a meal, try doing something else like clearing your mind, meditation or taking a walk. Also physical activity is an excellent way to release tension and overcome smoking urges. If we exercise on a regular basis, we will look, feel better and gives us more confidence about our decision to quit smoking.
Getting help and support from family and friends makes it easier to quit smoking. Don’t be afraid to talk to others about how you feel. Let people know why you want to quit smoking and how important it is for you to succeed. Tell them what they can do to help you. Also counseling , medications and therapy greatens our chances of successfully quitting smoking and can help you learn how to live a tobacco-free life.