In this article we are going to go over a few basic facts about the dangers of cigarette smoking and talk about doing you own personal analysis, so that you can begin your journey.
First the facts:
Based on recent studies conducted by AMA, American Lung and Heart Associations and also the American Cancer society cigarette smoking is one of the main causes of premature death. Smoking is basically the same as giving yourself slow acting poison.
Smoking doesn’t just destroy the smoker’s health it also impacts the people close to you, like your family, friends and especially your children because their organs are still developing.
It is an accepted fact that cigarette smoking is the primary cause of preventable and premature death. Did you know it is the cause of one in every five deaths in United States alone. The data shows the deaths of over 400,000 individuals from 1995 to 1999 in the U.S. each year. Cigarette smoking acts as a catalyst in lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases and persistent airway impediments.
Studies have shown that both adult males and females who smoke lose an average of around 13 to14 years of their life expectancy. If this pace of tobacco consummation goes on then approximately 6.4 million children will loose their lives prematurely.
Why am I telling you all of this? The answer is simple. Before you can quit you must come to terms with the fact that cigarette smoking is slowly killing you and the people close to you. Once you understand that you can begin your journey to becoming a non-smoker!
If you really do want to quit smoking you must be prepared to be completely honest with yourself about the dangers associated with smoking. Be ready to experience good and bad days and the possibility that it may take several attempts before you are successful.
– To begin your journey let’s start by doing a personal analysis.
It is a basic fact that smoking is more of psychological addiction than physical addiction. The Nicotine addiction in your body can be controlled, but the mind addiction is tough to control. One thing that helps you when it comes to quitting is to do a complete personal analysis.
Take a piece of paper and make two columns on it. At the top of one column put, the reasons for quitting. In the other column, write down the reason you started smoking.
Firstly, write down the reasons you took up smoking. It might have been some kind of pressure, family trouble, financial problems or some other reason. Now, determine whether or not these problems still exist. If they don’t, then it stands to reason that there is no need to smoke.
Now, write down the reasons you are thinking about quitting. It might because of the threat of fatal illnesses you caused by smoking, or your concern of causing harm to your loved ones. You may be experiencing breathlessness while coming upstairs. Your feet may be cold due to high blood pressure. You may be suffering from a persistent cough and it makes you feel uncomfortable. If this is the case then, health and well being will be one of the big reasons that you want to quit smoking.
On the other hand, it is very possible that health reasons alone will not convince you that you need to quit smoking. After all there is no way to be sure that you or your family will develop lung cancer or breathing problems because of smoking.
So you will also want to include other reasons. Such as, wrinkles, premature aging and drying of skin due to smoking. Bad breath, Your fingernails and teeth being yellow and stained. The smell that gets into your hair, cloths, home and even your car that tells everyone you smoke no matter how hard you try to cover it up. The looks from other people
when you smoke at public places. Not to mention the huge amount of money you are spending on cigarettes, air fresheners and breath mints. Have you ever added up how much you can save by quitting? I bet it would be enough for a nice little holiday.
Think about your family. How happy they will be after your quitting smoking. Think about your house. How clean and fresh it would be, no dirty yellow walls, or smelly furniture. Think about your friend and how you won’t have to hide your bad habit form them anymore. These are all great reasons to focus on for quitting smoking.
When you can divert your mind by focusing on all of the good things that will take place when you kick the habit once and for all, you will have a much easier journey on your road to becoming a non-smoker!