You might have made a number of resolutions in order to quit smoking, but have you succeeded in giving up this habit?
Smoking is one of the most difficult habits to kick. Almost all smokers admit to trying to quit at least once without succeeding.
Cigarettes contain a lot of nicotine, which results in various harmful effects on the body, such as blood pressure, lung cancer, cardiac problems and many other ailments.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports approximately 6 million people are killed by tobacco each year, with 600,000 deaths from exposure to second-hand smoke.
With at least 30 percent of all cancers and 87 percent of lung cancer deaths linked to tobacco consumption, it is only wise to kick the habit. Therefore, it is in our hands whether to or not to save our precious health from the harmful chemicals that are released from smoking.
Here are some simple things you can try that will help you quit the habit of smoking.
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Many people smoke to keep their hands busy so, a two-minute hand or ear massage when you are craving a smoke can squash your cravings in their tracks. Touching your ear or hand can help calm the mind and eliminate the craving because they are microsystems that represent the whole body. For example, a medical condition that is in your body can be treated by using several points in one microsystem, either your ear or your hand. A two minute massage on these two microsystems can reduce your cravings and make you feel at ease.
2. Drink a lot of water
Drinking plenty of water is the ultimate remedy to treat the habit of smoking. Water will help in detoxifying the body. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, drink a glass of water. This will not only decrease the craving but will also reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
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Acupuncture can provide relief for the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal such as, the jitters, restlessness and irritability. "One of the most effective natural and drug-free ways to quit smoking is through acupuncture" said Allison Bailey, Harvard trained MD acupuncturist. Acupuncture may help you to reduce your cravings. Research shows that this natural treatment may help to increase serotonin production so you feel happy and satisfied without lighting up.
Honey is an excellent remedy in handling the cessation process of smoking. Honey contains beneficial vitamins, enzymes and proteins, which help in giving up the habit of smoking with ease.
Oats is an age-old remedy used to quit smoking. It is one of the best home remedies to stop smoking. Oats helps to flush out the harmful toxins from the body while lowering the craving for smoking. It also helps in easing up the withdrawal symptoms.
It turns out that ginger contains niacin which flushes nicotine out of the body. Nicotine is the addictive ingredient in tobacco. Obtaining the niacin with fresh ginger seems to be more effective than supplements.
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7. Avoid alcohol
Many people have a habit of smoking when they drink. Switch to non-alcoholic drinks or drink only in places where smoking inside is prohibited.
8. Avoid smokers:
When friends, family, and co-workers smoke around you, it is doubly difficult to quit the habit. Your social circles need to know about your decision to quit. Let them know they won't be able to smoke when you're in the car with them. Avoid places where people smoke so you won’t be tempted.
9. Make a few dietary changes
Some foods make cigarettes taste horribly and others make them taste better. According to research performed at Duke University, coffee, alcohol and read meat all make cigarettes taste better. However, juice, vegetables, fruit and milk can make them taste bad, so loading up on these foods can be helpful when you are trying to quit.
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10. Eat lots of fruits
If you are experiencing a cigarette craving, eating increased amounts of fruits, vegetables or drinking a glass of milk may be potential ways to curb your urge to smoke. Cigarette smokers who ate fruits and vegetables an average of 4 or more times per day were 3 times more likely to be tobacco free 14 months later, a study showed.