Top 25 Tips of 2013 to Help Quitting Smokers Say No to Tobacco

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Quitting smoking can do more for your health than any other measure. Find out now the top 25 tips of the New Year to help quitting smokers say no to tobacco.

Although it is common knowledge that smoking is among the worst health habits to have beating out over-eating, over-medicating and over-dosing on Reality TV, health authorities say that reminding the public the consequences of smoking bears repeating. And, while most people are cognizant that smoking can lead to lung cancer and emphysema, few realize that tobacco use impacts a much wider view of our health.

For example, smokers are more likely to:

--Get colds and flu
--Have shortness of breath and wheezing
--Get cataracts and macular degeneration
--Have gum disease and yellow teeth
--Have problems getting pregnant
--Become impotent
--Have problems sleeping or falling asleep
--Have memory problems
--Develop stomach ulcers
--Have high blood pressure
--Develop emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or asthma
--Have diabetes complications
--Have circulation problems
--Develop premature facial wrinkles

Furthermore, tobacco use affects not only the smoker, but family and pets as well.

According to The New York State Smokers' Quitline, Children exposed to secondhand smoke are more likely to get:

--Pneumonia
--Ear infections
--Bronchitis
--Severe asthma
--Behavior problems
--Cavities

And, family pets exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to develop:

--Breathing problems
--Sinus/nasal infections
--Nasal cancer
--Lung cancer

Tips for Quitting Smoking

To help people who are adopting a New Year Resolution to stop smoking in 2013, listed below are 25 top tips that can help smokers say no to tobacco for a healthier and more enjoyable life:

1. Practice what to say if you are offered a cigarette like "No thanks, I don't smoke."

2. Let others know that you have quit smoking, most people will support you.

3. To Firm up your commitment to be a non-smoker, tell as many people as you can that you have quit the habit.

4. Delay having your first cigarette of the day as long as you can in the first weeks leading up to your quit date.

5. If you are around others who smoke, excuse yourself and don’t come back until they have finished.

6. Communicate your success in quitting, this will help you resist temptations when they come.

7. Write down the words "I'm quitting for myself and you (or "them")" and tape it somewhere you can see it for encouragement.

8. Create a non-smoking environment in your home.

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9. If possible, ask smokers not to smoke around you or in your home or car.

10. Get self-help materials to help guide you through the process of quitting.

11. Never allow yourself to think that "one won't hurt" because it will.

12. After you've quit, keep substitutes on hand such as cinnamon sticks, sugarless gum, hard candies and water.

13. If you smoke while having a drink, avoid alcohol for a while---maybe the first few weeks.

14. Eat several small meals during the day instead of 1 or 2 large ones. This will maintain blood sugar levels and prevent the urge to smoke.

15. Know what stresses or negative moods give you the urge to smoke.

16. Create a stop smoking plan that works for you.

17. Spend more time doing the things you enjoy, instead of lighting up.

18. If driving is difficult when you first quit, try carpooling with a non-smoker or take public transportation.

19. Set-up a jigsaw puzzle on a table. Work on it when you start to feel on urge to smoke. When you notice the urge has disappeared, walk away.

20. Take a walk around the block, or take your dog for a walk or play catch with your kids.

21. While quitting pick up a hobby you dropped or adopt a new one.

22. Keep your hands busy with a doodle pad, crossword puzzle, to-do list or newspaper.

23. Change your smoking routines, such as keeping your cigarettes in a different place.

24. After you quit, celebrate the milestones you achieved such as being smoke-free one week, one month, three months, etc.

25. Keep in mind the 3S’s after you quit: Stay positive, Start a new plan, and Satisfaction that you’ve stop smoking.

For two informative articles about using electronic cigarettes to quit smoking, follow these links to two articles titled "Smoking Alternative E-cigarettes Not Safe Study Says" and "Are Electronic Cigarettes a.k.a. E-Cigs Dangerous to Non-smoking Bystanders?"

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Reference: The New York State Smokers' Quitline

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Comments

Thanks for your many tips on stopping smoking. I know that some people will benefit from these tips. Unfortunately the vast majority of smokers who want to stop are hard core smokers. They have tried a number of different tactics and in most cases they haven't been able to stop for more than a week or so. In all cases, these smokers simply haven't been able to get all of their inner forces to cooperate. Inner forces?, you asked. What in the world are they. Simply, every hard core smoker has seven such inner forces. They range from the instinctive force, sexual force--all the way up to the thinking force, and a couple more. But here's the problem: Without knowing about these forces and learning of a secret weapon (or resource everyone has) they are simply helpless in overcoming their habit. I hope more of these hard core smokers will take a look at more out-of-the-box creative methods for stopping that are, as yet, not recognized by the professionals and medical doctors who try to help folks stop. Best, Humbler Acts Creator of THE WIZARD'S OUTRAGEOUS SCHEME FOR STOPPING SMOKING
In Australia, where I live, we have a law against smoking in restaurants, train station platforms, markets, and more. It did reduce smoking significantly. In 1945 approximately 72% of Australian men smoked while in 2010 only 16.4% of Australian males (14 years or older) were daily smokers. In 1945 26% of Australian women smoked. In 2010 the national daily smoking rate among females (14 years or older) of 13.9%. It is likely that the decline in smoking rates during recent decades has occurred as a result of concerted and sustained government tobacco control strategies such as high tobacco taxes, advertising bans, mass media public education campaigns and smoke-free environments legislation.
At today’s prices, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes each day for ten years, you’ll spend over $58,000 – easily enough to buy a new car or put a deposit on a house.
The reply by Mr. de Rycke seems to contradict what you are saying. A good education program, increased cost of gaspers, outlawing smoking in lots of public places (and reinforcing those laws) have been of great value in persuading smokers that giving it up benefits not only them but also their families and friends. The cost is also a point. A pack of 25 cost $16 in Australia, and is likely to rise as the cost of medical treatment for smoke related diseases increases. Australia also adopted a 'plain packaging strategy' and prohibited advertisements at sports venues, and similar places where alcohol and other 'bad for you things' are commonly advertised. As the figures indicate, it is working without accessing 'inner forces', but by accessing their wallets with hefty fines!