The official blog of the Lung Institute.
As the year comes to an end, many people look forward to the new beginnings coming in 2017. Unfortunately, with every new year comes the added pressure to come up with lofty new year’s resolutions. One of the most common new year’s resolution is to quit smoking. While it can be difficult to quit, you can do it with these tips to quit smoking.
Quitting Smoking Isn’t Easy, but It’s Worth It
Let’s not sugarcoat it; quitting smoking isn’t easy. Many people try to quit smoking multiple times. The reason people try again is because the health benefits alone can drastically improve one’s life. Quitting can lower one’s blood pressure and heart rate almost instantly, and the risk of heart attack goes down within 24 hours. Quitting smoking can also lower one’s chances of getting lung cancer or other smoking-related diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema. Luckily, there are resources available for those looking to quit, such as smoking cessation guides.
Resolutions are well-intentioned but are often short-lived due to many factors such as lack of planning and setting unrealistic goals.
Simple Tips to Quit Smoking in 2017:
Tell Others About Your Plan to Quit – Not all journeys are meant to be done alone. That’s why being surrounded by a strong support group can make a huge difference. Support groups are made up of friends, family, coworkers and doctors. That’s why it’s important for the person trying to quit to share their intentions, so their support group can help you through the process when things get tough.
Set a Quit Date – Before beginning this resolution to quit smoking, decide a date by which the quitter plans to reach their destination. Set the date one month from your start – in this case, Feb. 1. Once the date has been selected, write it down in highly visible places. It will serve as a reminder of the resolution to quit smoking.
Avoid Triggers – One reason people do not follow through with their resolutions is because they forget to remove or change the trigger activities they normally associate with smoking. These trigger activities include are but not limited to drinking alcohol, driving or boredom. If you associate smoking with a specific area, such as a designated smokers’ area outside of work, don’t go near there, or enter work through a side door if possible.
Hopefully, these tips to quit smoking will help more people achieve their new year’s resolutions. Some people – if they quit sooner rather than later – will be able to move on with their lives, while others may have to deal with chronic lung diseases later in life. There are many treatment options for chronic lung disease out there, but when those do not work, many people seek alternative treatment options such as stem cell therapy. With stem cell therapy, patients use their own body to help improve quality of life. If you or someone you know has COPD, emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis or another chronic lung disease and would like to learn more, please contact us or call (800) 729-3065.