They say that where there is smoke there is fire. Sadly in the case of smoking that fire may be burning in our lungs, or in any number of places in our bodies. As any smoker can tell you it is a hard habit to break. But this is definitely a situation where quitters never lose. Quitting at any age provides both immediate and long-term health benefits.
Sometimes a clean break is best. The first few days are the toughest. Especially if you are quitting cold turkey, the first few days are the hardest. You will probably feel irritable, depressed, slow, and tired. Once you get past those first days, you will begin to feel normal (but still have cigarette cravings). Have a quit smoking support group available. This can be a good friend, support group or a quit line you can call.
It is safe to say your body will be all the better health-wise when you give up smoking. Soon after you quit, your circulation begins to improve, and your blood pressure starts to return to normal. Your sense of smell and taste return, and it is easier for you to breathe. In the long term, giving up tobacco can help you live longer. Your risk of getting cancer decreases with each year you stay smoke-free.
Everything you do is affected by your outlook, by how you see things. Look at quitting smoking as a process instead of a one-time event. That way, if you do slip, you can focus on what to change to prevent future slips. Think of all the benefits you will receive by quitting smoking. If you quit, you will save money, improve your sense of taste and smell, feel healthier, prolong your life and look better (smoking can cause face wrinkles, stained teeth, and dull skin).
Quitting cold turkey may be the best way for some smokers but for others, not so much. Trying to quit abruptly, rather than slowly reducing the steady dose of nicotine you have been giving your body leads to more side effects (withdrawal symptoms). This usually makes quitting a lot harder. Withdrawal symptoms can include irritability, headache, and the craving to smoke. Go slow and lower the dose gradually with nicotine-based products until you feel you can resist the cravings on your own. You will still have cravings, but they will be weaker.
Sometimes you cannot do it on your own. Quitting smoking is easier with support from important people in your life. Let them know ahead of your quit date that you are planning to quit. Explain how they can help you quit. We all need different things, so be sure you let friends and family know exactly how they can help.
Be prepared for a challenge. Quitting is not easy. You may have short-term affects such as weight gain, irritability, and anxiety. Some people try several times before they succeed. There are many ways to quit smoking. Some people stop cold turkey. Others benefit from step-by-step manuals, counseling, medicines or products that help reduce nicotine addiction and help you quit smoking. Your health care provider can help you find the best way for you to quit.