Smoking has always been a controversial topic. Supporters say it’s relaxing, calming and helps maintain weight by acting as an appetite suppressant, but these days even the most fervent smoker knows about the health risks of smoking. These range from the dangerous (increased risk of lung cancer, heart , stroke, bronchitis, emphysema and pneumonia) to the merely unpleasant (having to stand outside pubs and restaurants to smoke, the cost, stale smells, skin problems). According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco kills almost 6 million people every year, with 600,000 of that number dying from second-hand smoke inhalation.
With that in mind, why not make 2014 the year you give up smoking? On 31st May the WHO are running World No Tobacco Day 2014, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of the health but also the social, environmental and economic consequences of tobacco and exposure to smoke. It’s a great time to kickstart your new healthy lifestyle and give up, or at least reduce, smoking.
Here are a few tips on stopping smoking:
1. Stay positive. You might have tried and failed to give up before, but this time you’re really going to do it.
2. Stay away from temptation. Keep away from situations where you’d normally smoke, such as pubs, for a few days.
3. Look at your diet. According to the NHS, a US study found that what we eat and drink affects our craving for tobacco. Eat more fruit and vegetables and ditch fizzy drinks, alcohol, tea and coffee in favour of fruit juice or water.
4. Get a ‘quit buddy’. It’s much easier to stay motivated when you give up smoking in company with a friend or colleague.
5. Exercise. Even a fifteen minute walk to the sandwich shop at lunchtime will help to increase endorphins and fight cravings.
6. Use NRT. Using nicotine replacement therapy such as patches or lozenges can mean you’re twice as likely to succeed.
To get yourself off to a flying start, how about a course of colonic hydrotherapy?
This will help reduce a build up of the toxins caused by smoking, leaving you feeling more energised and positive. After all, as US general George Patton once famously said, ‘Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom’!
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