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Quit Smoking Resolution

7 tips on how to quit smoking and lots of reasons why you should.

Quitting smoking is popular New Year’s resolution, but how many are likely to stick to it? Apparently only 10% of those who decide to quite smoking actually follow through with the decision. So what you can you do to help maintain your composure and kick the habit?

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First off, here’s a list of reasons why you should quit smoking:

  1. You’ll save more money each year as taxes continue to rise.
  2. You’ll perform better in bed because your blood circulation will improve.
  3. You’ll sleep better – a Johns Hopkins study found that smokers are four times as likely to feel unrested after sleep.
  4. You’ll have stronger bones – Women smokers have been found to lose 2.3% to 3.3% of bone mineral density for every 10 pack-years of tobacco use.
  5. Your hearing will get better – Smokers have a nearly 70% greater likelihood of developing hearing loss than nonsmokers.
  6. You may be less likely to get psoriasis – Studies have shown that daily smoking is linked to the risk of developing psoriasis.
  7. Your medications will work better – Smoking affects the liver enzymes that process certain drugs, so smokers sometimes need to take higher doses to get the same effect.
  8. You’ll cut your risk of Crohn’s disease – Smokers are four times more likely as those who never smoked to develop this chronic—sometimes debilitating—disease.
  9. You’ll decrease your risk of heart disease and heart attack – Smokers are at two to four times greater risk of developing coronary heart disease as nonsmokers.
  10. Your teeth will be cleaner – smoking is known to stain the teeth.
  11. You’ll look younger – After 10 years, smoking can speed up your skin’s aging process by narrowing your skin’s blood vessels and damaging the tissues that give the skin its strength and elasticity.
  12. You’ll reduce your risk of acid reflux – If you’ve smoked for 20 years, you’re 70% more likely than a nonsmoker to have acid reflux.
  13. You’ll enjoy or food more – Smoking diminishes the taste of food and the pleasure of eating.
  14. You’ll cough less – smokers are at the highest risk of developing bronchitis.
  15. You’ll save water – According to GreenYour.com, washing machines suck up 21.7 percent of household water usage, and tabacco ridden clothes need more washing.
  16. You’ll save trees – A Belgian University study from the 1990s cited deforestation (to make way for tobacco farming) and wood burning (to cure the tobacco) as negative factors in the ecology of developing countries.
  17. You’ll save on life insurance – One 2007 comparison showed a 40-year-old nonsmoker paying $55.13 a month for a $1 million 20-year policy. The price for a smoker of the same age: $231.46 per month.
  18. Your wounds will heal better – Several studies have found that smokers do not heal as well after surgeries such as face lifts, tooth extractions, and periodontal procedures.
  19. Your baby will be safer – Exposure to secondhand smoke is linked to a higher risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  20. Your sperm count will increase – men who smoke cigarettes have a lower sperm count and motility and increased abnormalities in sperm shape and function than men who don’t smoke.
  21. You’ll help preserve your eyesight – Exposure to cigarette smoke doubles your risk of developing macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.
  22. Improve your chances of getting pregnant – Compared with nonsmokers, female smokers have a higher incidence of infertility and take longer to conceive. Cigarette smoking harms a woman’s ovaries, and the degree of harm increases with the number of cigarettes and length of time a woman smokes. Smoking also appears to speed up the loss of eggs and reproductive function in women.

quit smoking timeline 150x150 Quit Smoking Resolution If you really want to know how your body starts to heal itself once you’ve quit. On the right is timeline diagram of everything that happens to your body from the moment you quit smoking and onwards. (Click to enlarge).

Once you’ve made your decision to quit, what can you do to help you stick to your new resolution? Here’s a list of tips to help you kick your habit.

Tips to help you quit smoking

  1. Set yourself reasonable goals – M.J. Ryan, an executive coach and author of numerous books, including, This Year I Will…How to Finally Change a Habit, Keep a Resolution or Make a Dream Come True (Broadway), said: “Many of us fail because we haven’t turned a goal into something to actually do,” This means setting yourself targets you can actually accomplish.
  2. Cold Turkey or less consumption? – Of course, going cold turkey is the best way to quit, a nicotine relapse is often the start of many more to come. But what if you can not go cold turkey? Start by cutting out cigarettes in the morning, and after meals. These are often times when the urge is greater than the need, if you can overcome these urges, you’ll be on the way to kicking the habit.
  3. Exercise more – Not only will you have something to do with your spare time, but smoking during or after exercise is uncomfortable for most people, so you’ll cut down the hours you might want a smoke.
  4. Keep yourself busy – Instead of taking a cigarette break, try to keep yourself busy to cut down on those time you might light on up. If you plan your day wisely, you’ll naturally cut down the need for a cigarette break.
  5. Find alternative activities – For those times you’re left with simply nothing to do, try chewing gum, reading a book, or playing games on a handheld device to pass the time.
  6. Find a partner – If you can find someone who genuinely wants to quit, you should make a pact to quit together. The support from a friend and the slight competition will help you along your way.
  7. Mentally reward yourself – Every time you overcome one urge, you should mentally reward yourself for motivation to overcome the next one.



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