Get help to quit smoking

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If you’re a parent and you smoke, you’ve probably thought about quitting smoking. After all, you probably don’t want your children growing up around cigarettes. What’s more, you almost certainly want to kick the habit so that you can be around for your kids as long as possible. Sadly, stubbing out a smoking habit is a lot easier said than done. It is, however, worth the effort.

The biggest problem with smoking is, of course, its affect on a person’s lifespan. You’re probably already aware that cigarettes and cigars contain carcinogenic chemicals that can cause cancers to develop in the smoker’s body and that these cancers can significantly shorten their life expectancy. Smoking is also linked with a number of other deadly or debilitating illnesses and effects, including heart disease, strokes and vascular dementia (which is the impairment of brain function due to problems with blood circulation to the brain).

With so many potentially fatal or crippling consequences, it’s only natural that you should want to throw out your cigarettes. The worst aspect of these negative effects, however, is that they may directly affect your children. Because second-hand cigarette smoke can be breathed in by those around you – including your kids – it’s not just your own health that a smoking habit can damage. Even more problematically, children who grow up around cigarettes are more likely to become smokers themselves in later life.

Luckily, there are many ways you can kick the habit. For some people, simply binning their cigarettes and going cold turkey is an effective method. If you need a little more help freeing yourself of the habit, there are plenty of methods that you may not be aware of.

One quitting strategy that modern smokers can take advantage of is switching to e-cigarettes. Vapouriz E-cigarettes allow you to control the amount of nicotine released each time you inhale, allowing you to gradually phase out the addictive chemical and reduce your dependence on it until you can do without it altogether. In the meantime, e-cigarettes are a little less harmfulthan traditional smoking and also reduce the problem of second-hand smoke because they don’t need to be lit.

You could also use nicotine patches in a similar fashion, though it is harder to control the exact dose of nicotine you receive through these. Alternatively, you could consider hypnotherapy, which can be used to plant subliminal edicts against smoking into your subconscious, either cutting you off from the desire to smoke or (more usually) giving you a better chance of fighting it. Hypnotherapy isn’t universally successful, but it can be a useful tool for some people.

Whatever method you choose, you owe it to yourself and to your children to try to kick the habit. Don’t be smoker; be a quitter!

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  1. I have never smoked but I understand how hard it can be to give up. I would never want to tell people how to live their lives or preach but if you do smoke then trying to give up can only be a good thing. My mum, a nurse, smoked all her life and used the fact that she had four healthy, big babies as evidence that smoking has no effect on babies. We grew up in a smoke filled home, made worse when she met my stepdad who also smoked. I tried to make her stop but she didn’t seem to believe there was anything wrong with it. Five years ago I had to watch her die from lung cancer and it was a horrible, horrible experience. Please, please look after yourselves and your children.

    1. What a heartbreaking story. I think that seeing someone suffer with terminal cancer is one of the worst things you can witness. I only hope that in the future we can eradicate cancer altogether.

      1. Thanks Karen. Cancer is awful and seems to be claiming more and more lives. We could all make better lifestyle choices but it is not always easy. Even those who are very healthy often suffer. I think we need to live the best lives we can and promote love and kindness. And we just have to hope for better outcomes and treatments. The only good thing that has come out of my story is that my 12 year old is ferociously anti smoking! X
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