Great Tips To Put Down The Cigarettes For Good
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Humans are the only species on this planet that deliberately ingests carcinogenic substances into its lungs, sucking down fumes that can leave deformities in our unborn children.
Oddly, smokers choose to put out the flame upon the ground they live, walk, and breathe in – all without fear of the ongoing horrors they cause when these filters wash into the water-system they drink from!
But worse still, they stub the cigarette on the edge of street-bins – like the photograph above. What part of carcinogenic don’t you understand? These stubs have to be cleaned up by the Adelaide City Council Street Sweepers every morning! Every bin has to have the tops cleaned each evening, the area surrounding them swept of the debris YOU leave.
For the love your children, if not yourselves, take your cigarette butts with you! Your disgusting habit is costing the tax-payers tens of millions of dollars each year to keep our city clean. These Bins are NOT an Ash-Tray!
But more importantly, your willingness to kill yourself with noxious fumes is the single biggest killer on the planet. More people die from excessive nicotine than from any other drug. Cigarettes are one of few products which can be sold legally which can harm and even kill you over time if used as intended:
Benzene (petrol additive)
A colourless cyclic hydrocarbon obtained from coal and petroleum, used as a solvent in fuel and in chemical manufacture – and contained in cigarette smoke. It is a known carcinogen and is associated with leukaemia.
Formaldehyde (embalming fluid)
A colourless liquid, highly poisonous, used to preserve dead bodies – also found in cigarette smoke. Known to cause cancer, respiratory, skin and gastrointestinal problems.
Ammonia (toilet cleaner)
Used as a flavouring, frees nicotine from tobacco turning it into a gas, found in dry cleaning fluids.
Acetone (nail polish remover)
Fragrant volatile liquid ketone, used as a solvent, for example, nail polish remover – found in cigarette smoke.
Particulate matter drawn into lungs when you inhale on a lighted cigarette. Once inhaled, smoke condenses and about 70 per cent of the tar in the smoke is deposited in the smoker’s lungs.
Nicotine (insecticide/addictive drug)
One of the most addictive substances known to man, a powerful and fast-acting medical and non-medical poison. This is the chemical which causes addiction.
Carbon Monoxide (CO) (car exhaust fumes)
An odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas, rapidly fatal in large amounts – it’s the same gas that comes out of car exhausts and is the main gas in cigarette smoke, formed when the cigarette is lit. Others you may recognize are :
Arsenic (rat poison), Hydrogen Cyanide (gas chamber poison)
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Most people who smoke really want to stop but consider it difficult to near impossible to do so and that they are simply incapable. This article will help you get on with your journey to quitting smoking!
Decades of smoking cigarettes can wreak havoc on your body, so consider taking a daily multivitamin. Try to find one that also has trace minerals, as these will make the healing process faster. Years of smoking can ravage your whole body, not just your lungs. It is in your best interest to promote rapid healing.
Counseling might be the thing you need, in order to quit smoking. There may be emotional reasons related to your smoking. If you resolve your issues, you won’t want to smoke as much. If this seems like something you want to try, ask your doctor for a referral.
During stressful times, smoking may have been your crutch. If so, it’s time to find another way to de-stress! Try yoga or meditation to ease your stress in a healthy manner.
Find something else to focus on and ignore those that nag you. You’re not quitting for your critics – you’re quitting for yourself. If someone who is critical about your smoking habit begins to criticize you, pick up a vice that annoys them endlessly. Learn to avoid them, just as you have learned to avoid cigarettes, because nether is good for you.
Positive thinking and motivation can be a key part of quitting smoking. Make the effort to imagine all the ways that your life can be better after you’ve quit smoking. Think about how much better you and your home will smell once you’ve made the change to stopping smoking. There are plenty of reasons to quit smoking – what are yours?
In the beginning, treat yourself to something nice on the days you don’t smoke. Give yourself something special, like some music that you like, new clothes, a delicious treat, or a movie. Rewards can offer you some strong motivation to replace the negative behavior of smoking, with more positive choices.
Let your co-workers, friends and family know that you are trying to quit smoking. The more people that know you are quitting, the higher your level of accountability. You will try hard to avoid letting them all down. This can help you stay away from smoking cigarettes when things end up getting hard.
Try quitting with a friend. If a good friend is also trying to kick the habit, join together for mutual support through the process. You will be able to benefit from giving mutual support, as well as possibly finding activities you can both do to keep your mind off of smoking. Also, you will be able to share which techniques work best.
Create a fancy jar and use it to store the money that you are saving by not buying cigarettes. When you’ve made it to a year smoke-free, take the money and buy yourself something you want. You may be able to afford to take a nice vacation with all the money you saved from not engaging in this expensive habit anymore.
Learn how nicotine replacement therapy can help. Nicotine withdrawal is very trying and can exacerbate feelings of stress, depression and anxiety. Cravings such as these are distracting and overwhelming. Using a nicotine replacement therapy will help you to battle against the temptation. Research has shown those using nicotine patches, gum or lozenges have twice the chance of successfully quitting. However, do not use those products if you are still smoking.
Be careful about what you eat. If you are giving up cigarettes, don’t try to diet at the same time. Instead, simply eat a proper diet. Fruits, veggies, and dairy products can taste unpleasant when you smoke. However, by consuming these foods, your health will be boosted while your desire to smoke will be weakened.
If you decide to stop smoking and do not want to go cold turkey, consider nicotine replacement therapy. Using these nicotine-providing OTC products in conjunction with your own personal willpower will fight off the rough symptoms of withdrawal.
Deciding to quit smoking might be a very difficult one, but it is an ultimately rewarding decision that you will never regret. Yet, this does not mean it is not possible. All it takes is patience, time, and above all, willpower. It is also crucial to have information and advice readily available to help you through the process. Take what you have learned in this article, and you can be well on your way to achieving a smoke free lifestyle soon.