Tips and resources to help you stop smoking
And yep im a smoker 🙂 I did quit smoking for about 4 years and then unfortunately started smoking again and think its about time for giving up smoking for good now. So was looking around the web for help and resources on how to best quit smoking and some tips on how to make stop smoking a bit more bearable and so I thought I will compile some tips and tricks as well as some resource sites on this topic that can help you as well whenever you are ready to quit smoking also!
First some facts from the American Lung Association:
Smoking-related diseases claim an estimated 430,700 American lives each year. Smoking costs the United States approximately $97.2 billion each year in health-care costs and lost productivity. It is directly responsible for 87 percent of lung cancer cases and causes most cases of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Now you surely already know that smoking isn’t good for anybody, but just in case you need some more motivation here are some more facts:
Smoking is the single largest preventable cause of premature death and disability in the United States.
Every year, 350,000 Americans die prematurely from diseases caused by cigarette smoking — such as lung cancer, emphysema, and coronary heart disease.
Nicotine addiction is the “most widespread example of drug dependence in our country,” according to the U.S. Public Health Service.
Three-quarters of the adults who currently smoke started their habit before the age of 21; teenage years are critical ones in the habituation of cigarette smokers.
Nine out of ten smokers say they want to quit.
The number of Americans who have quit smoking is rising steadily. To date, 36 million Americans have quit smoking.
Smoking accounts for 85-90 percent of emphysema mortality in America. Once a disease that affected exclusively men, one in four emphysema deaths now occurs among women.
Lung cancer, already the number one cause of cancer mortality in American men, in 1986 surpassed breast cancer as the leading cancer of American women.
In 1985 lung cancer killed an estimated 38,600 women — approximately 84 percent of the 46,000 women who were diagnosed with the disease that year.
Smokers who have a heart attack have less chance for survival than a person who does not smoke. And by continuing to smoke after a heart attack, the person’s chance for a second attack increases.
Smoking has severe economic consequences for the nation, estimated at a staggering $53.7 billion in total annual costs. Direct costs account for $30.4 billion of the total; there is an additional annual cost of $23.3 billion in lost productivity due to excess morbidity and mortality.
Smoking is a major risk factor for peripheral vascular disease. This disease is a narrowing of blood vessels that carry blood to the leg and arm muscles. If a blood clot blocks an already narrowed artery, then the result could be the damage or even the loss of an arm or leg.
When Smokers Quit – What Are the Benefits Over Time?
20 minutes after quitting: Your blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last cigarette. The temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal. (US Surgeon General’s Report,1988, pp. 39, 202)
8 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
(US Surgeon General’s Report,1988, p. 202)
24 hours after quitting: Your chance of a heart attack decreases.
(US Surgeon General’s Report,1988, p. 202)
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30%. (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp.193,194,196,285,323)
1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection. (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, pp. 304, 307, 319, 322)
1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s. (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p. vi)
5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting. (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p.79)
10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker’s. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decrease. (US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p.110, 147, 152, 155, 159,172)
15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker’s.
(US Surgeon General’s Report, 1990, p.79)
Plus think of how much money you spend each day on cigarettes and how much it will safe you over time!!
OK now that we have that out of the way here are some great resources and websites that will help you on how to best quit smoking:
(I will not even intent to make my own list here on what way is best as those folks that compiled the following information are professionals and will do a much better job on how to best quit smoking as I ever can)
Now all there is to do to get serious, make your own plan, get ready and quit smoking!
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