Smoking has been with us for many generations, and previously it was heralded as a healthy pursuit. However, we know the opposite is true today. In fact it damages the body in ways that we were completely unaware of until more recent times. Damage to liver, contribution to heart disease and stroke conditions to mention just a couple, of things, not to mention, the growing incidence s of asthma. There is still lung cancer and serious breathing conditions such as emphysema around. So with so many disadvantages to smoking isn’t it about time to think about stopping? There are so many ways you can stop and this means you can also use different products that are on the market to help.
If you are determined to stop smoking then one thing is for sure, you need to do it for yourself. Not because your family have put pressure on you, or because society says it is socially unacceptable, but because you want to feel healthier and enjoy life more. Of this motivation is missing then you can be sure that your attempts to stop smoking will fail. There are many new and old favourite products around to help you stop the habit. Nicorette is one. This nicotine replacement patch is placed on the skin and delivers a reduced nicotine fix periodically. Don’t be tempted to smoke a sneaky cigarette whilst using this or you will find you are doubling your nicotine intake rather than reducing it. The beauty of the patch is that you do not need to think about it once it is on. You can keep it on whilst you take up swimming again. The nicotine fix is taken into the bloodstream quicker than if ingested through the lungs and so the craving for a cigarette is reduced. Chewing gum that offers the same kind of nicotine fix is available and you just chew gum rather than smoke a cigarette.
Some people prefer more natural therapies rather than replacing nicotine and you could consider hypnosis, or acupuncture. You do need to visit someone trained in acupuncture as it involves inserting needles into energy points in your body. You may need a few sessions from an Acupuncturist, but it is said to be successful in many cases, so you could give that a try.
The best time to decide to stop smoking is NOW! Some people wait until the start of a month, or a week or even a new year. However, this can be counter-productive. Once you have made the decision to stop – then do something about it. The quicker you stop the sooner your health will regain its optimum performance and your breathing will be clearer. You will add years to your life . Shouldn’t you give your self that opportunity as soon as possible? How about now!