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With 2015 on the horizon, many people are jotting down their last minute resolutions to carry into the New Year. Whether it be exercising more or being financially sound this year, the New Year marks a clean slate for many. With all of the hype about resolutions, one very common promise tends to fall through the cracks and can prove to be pretty tricky to keep up with: to quit smoking this year.
It is a wonderful idea to smokeout tobacco altogether, but quitting may not be that easy for all smokers. If you are dedicated to the idea of saying “NO” to tobacco this New Year, we’ve collected some helpful tips to help you start off right and stay on course during your journey to a smoke-free life!
Say Goodbye to an Unhealthy 2014 and Hello to Smoke-Free 2015
Let’s not sugarcoat it; the path to quit smoking can be a difficult one, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done! Quite possibly the most important thing to remember is that smokers can and do quit smoking every day! In fact, there are currently more former smokers than current smokers right now in the U.S., which is encouraging for anyone looking to kick the butt this New Year!
Smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. The nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary and addictive high. Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine will cause your body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. Due to nicotine’s “feel good” effect on the brain, you may also have become accustomed to smoking as a way of coping with stress, depression, anxiety or even boredom. Quitting smoking has many benefits and improves your chances of avoiding smoking-related diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Here are some tips to start this New Year off right:
- Set a Quit Date – Be sure to set a reasonable quit date; don’t just stop immediately. Set a day that is one or two weeks out, and when your quit day arrives, remove all tobacco products from your life.
- Keep a Record – It might help to write down every cigarette that you do smoke or when you feel the need to have one. This is a great preparation tool for the road ahead.
- Stay Positive – Make a commitment to quit smoking. Having a list of all the reasons you want to stop smoking can be a great morale boost.
- It’s Okay To Ask For Help – Ask for help for when you plan to quit. Join a support group or talk with a close friend or family member. There are even support lines to call for help. A doctor can also prescribe medicine to help with the effects of quitting.
This is just some basic information on how to eliminate smoking from your life this New Year. If you or a loved one suffers from a smoking-related disease and wants to learn more about treatment options, contact us or call us at (800) 729-3065.