Why You Should Quit Smoking and How You Can Do It

By Felicia Eisnnicher •  5 min read

Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the world. It’s also a major contributor to health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. If you’re a smoker, you know all of this already. You also know that quitting smoking is not easy. But it is worth it! In this blog post, we will discuss why quitting smoking is so important, and we will provide tips on how you can successfully quit smoking for good!

Why You Should Quit Smoking and How You Can Do It
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Smoking can cause cancer

Out of all cancer-causing agents, smoking is one of the leading preventable causes. In fact, in the United States, smoking cigarettes is responsible for about 1 in 3 cancer deaths. Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals–70 of which cause cancer. The most common cancers caused by smoking are lung cancer, bladder cancer, and throat cancer. So, if you were thinking about all the reasons to quit, think about the health risks first.

Smoking damages your heart and lungs

Smoking cigarettes greatly raises your chance of heart and lung problems. For example, smoking makes it more likely that you will have a heart attack, stroke, or develop conditions like bronchitis and emphysema. If you choose to smoke, know that you are increasing your risks dramatically. Even if you have never had any heart or lung problems, smoking will put you at a greater risk of developing them in the future.

Smoking is expensive

Cigarettes are not cheap, and the cost of smoking can add up over time. In addition to the cost of the cigarettes themselves, there are also the costs of medical care for smoking-related health problems, lost productivity due to smoking-related absences from work, and fires caused by cigarettes.

Smoking is harmful to others as well

Not only is smoking harmful to your own health, but it’s also harmful to the health of those around you. Secondhand smoke exposure is responsible for causing heart disease and lung cancer in nonsmokers. It’s also a leading cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Turning to vaping as a way to ween off cigarettes

In recent years, vaping has become a popular alternative to smoking. And for some people, it can be an effective way to quit smoking. If you’re interested in trying vaping, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First, make sure you’re using a quality vape device and e-liquid from a vape shop with great customer reviews. There are a lot of subpar products on the market, so do your research to find a reputable brand. Just remember to start with a lower nicotine level and gradually increase it as you ween yourself off cigarettes. 

Inform your family and friends of your decision

Quitting smoking is a big decision, and it’s one that will likely affect those around you. So be sure to inform your family and friends of your decision to quit. This way, they can provide support and encouragement throughout your journey. Additionally, they can hold you accountable if you start to slip up. This is especially important if you have a close friend or family member who smokes. Seeing someone you care about smoking can be a trigger that causes you to relapse. So, by informing those around you of your decision to quit, you can help create a support system that will increase your chances of success.

Get rid of all tobacco products and smoking paraphernalia

One of the best ways to avoid temptation when quitting smoking is to get rid of all tobacco products and smoking paraphernalia. This means getting rid of any cigarettes, cigars, pipes, ashtrays, lighters, etc. that you have in your possession. The goal is to make it as difficult as possible for you to smoke, so don’t keep any temptation around. Additionally, you should avoid places where people smoke. This might mean avoiding certain bars or restaurants or even spending less time with friends or family members who smoke.

Avoid trigger situations

Why You Should Quit Smoking and How You Can Do It
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There are certain situations that can trigger the urge to smoke. For instance, you might be more likely to smoke when you’re drinking alcohol or when you’re around other smokers. It’s important to be aware of these trigger situations and do your best to avoid them. If you can’t avoid them, try to find a way to cope with the urge to smoke (e.g., by chewing gum or eating candy).

Set a quit date

Give yourself the best chance of success by setting a quit date in advance. This will give you time to get used to the idea and start making changes. Tell your family and friends about your plans so they can support you. Namely, when you are trying to quit smoking, it is important to make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit. This can be a powerful reminder of why you are making this decision when temptation strikes. Once you have set a quit date, be sure to get rid of all tobacco products and smoking paraphernalia in your possession. 

Nevertheless, quitting smoking is not easy, but it is definitely worth it. There are a number of things you can do to increase your chances of success, such as getting rid of all tobacco products, avoiding trigger situations, and finding a replacement activity. And be sure to set a quit date so you can start making changes. With effort and determination, you can quit smoking and enjoy a healthier, smoke-free life.

Felicia Eisnnicher

I am the Lead Author and Editor at Gemstagram. I am responsible for creating and editing content about the power of gems and crystals. I also teach about Self-knowing, self-understanding and personal empowerment through numerology. My mission is to help people understand the power of gems and crystals, and how they can use that power to improve their lives. I believe that by understanding ourselves better, we can become more empowered individuals who are able to create our own destiny.