Experts Say Smoking Even One Cigarette a Day Can Make You Die Faster
Breaking news reveals that if you smoke even just one cigarette a day, you're still increasing your risk of dying early. Here are some ways to help you quit smoking for good.
Researchers studied 300,000 people and found that even light smokers who smoke only one cigarette everyday have a 64 percent increased risk of dying earlier than non-smokers. But the good news is that if you stop smoking, your risk of developing smoking-related diseases and dying prematurely goes down significantly.
If you're currently a smoker, here are a few things you can do to help you stop smoking:
Make it hard to keep smoking. The National Institutes of Health recommends that you make a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking. Everything from living longer to wanting to stop polluting your loved ones' lungs. Make a legal contract with a third party with the stipulations being that if you fail to stop smoking, you'll incur a financial or related penalty.
Analyze and apply. If you've tried to stop smoking before, examine your past attempts. What worked? Why did the attempt ultimately fail? If you figure out which methods successfully help you stop and what drawbacks made you start smoking again, then you'll be able to formulate a better quit smoking plan. Sometimes people have specific smoking triggers, like stress or using smoking as a reward – if that's you, then try to isolate yourself from all possible triggers.
Try rehab. It might sound weird – but the best drug rehab centers offer inpatient and outpatient programs for people addicted to cigarette smoking. In fact, the American Lung Association established the Freedom From Smoking rehab program. It's a free, seven-week program that you can start soon because it holds new sessions fairly frequently. In-clinic rehab programs with qualified professionals boost your chances of quitting and may be your best option. The University of Arkansas Medical Services' in-clinic success rate is 70 percent for smokers who have gone through their program. When you're facing a professional and not just yourself in the mirror, a certain level of seriousness and responsibility helps solidify your quitting attempt.
Like any drug, trying to quit smoking will lead to nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These can really throw a wrench into your quitting efforts. That's why checking into an inpatient rehab program is better because they have specialized resources, like patient support systems and environmental control, to help you handle these withdrawal symptoms and greatly increase your chances of quitting smoking for good.
Quit smoking now – it's absolutely not okay to smoke only one cigarette a day because it still increases your risk for fatal diseases. Try these tips and if you can't quit on your own – head to rehab.