I WANT TO STOP SMOKING
We know smoking is bad for us and we think about quitting all the time, but it’s a pretty hard habit to kick. Men in New Zealand smoke more than women. It’s particularly popular for men aged 18-54. Even though we know it’s really bad for us, we keep doing it. If you’re not sure about whether you want to give up just yet, or you need some help to do it, here are some tips that might help you.
IDEAS AND INSPIRATION
If you smoke, at all, the answer is “yes”.
- Smoking increases our risk of lung cancer.
- Smoking increases our risk of strokes.
- Smoking increases our risk of heart attacks.
- Smoking increases our risk of heart disease.
- Smoking increases our risk of gum disease and our teeth falling out.
- Smoking dehydrates us, which is bad for our health and our natural good looks.
There are lots of different ways to quit, and there are a lot of agencies out there to help us quit. Here are some things to try that might work for you:
- Tell your mates and family what you’re trying to do. Good mates will let you get on with it. They might even join you. Ask them not to give you any cigarettes, and give them permission to grab a lit cigarette from your mouth if you slip up.
- Set a date for stopping.
- Talk to your doctor about giving up. There are some medications you can take that can reduce nicotine cravings.
- Use Quitline. Whether you’re a heavy smoker or not, if the help is there, take it. People who use Quitline are FIVE TIMES more likely to stop smoking than people who try to do it alone. Quitline give you discounted nicotine patches, gum and lozenges to help you quit for good.
- Try stopping cold turkey. The first few days of cravings will be intense but will disappear more quickly than if you try to wean slowly off cigarettes.
- Try hypnosis.
- Try vaping e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking. Vaping provides the nicotine your body may crave but without all the other harmful chemicals in cigarettes.
- Quit when you’re relaxed. Don’t try to snuff out if exams are pending, you’re moving or experiencing major life stressors like getting married, or a death in the family.
- Avoid key triggers. Drinking alcohol and smoking are linked. Steer clear of bars and pubs as well as friends who smoke until the cravings are completely under control.
- Join Stoptober and aim to stop smoking on 1 October. You’ll get heaps of motivation from all the other’s who’ve joined up.
- Check out our Helpful Links and Useful Resources sections further down. They’ll connect you with all the information and help you need to stop smoking.
Is giving up smoking worth the effort? Yes. Here’s why.
- Smoking is ridiculously bad for our health.
- Smoking costs a lot of money, money we could spend on better things.
- Smoking stinks.
STOPPING SMOKING IS THE NUMBER ONE THING YOU CAN DO TO LIVE HEALTHIER.
Quit now and…
- within 48 hours your ability to taste and smell improves.
- within 2-3 months, your circulation improves, and your lung capacity increases up to 30%.
- within 1 year, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker.
- within 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer is the same as a non- smoker.
- within 15 years, your risk of heart disease is the same as that of someone who never smoked.