03 Apr How to Quit Smoking
There is no doubt that every smoker knows how injurious smoking is to themselves as well as those affected by second hand smoke, but to stress the point, we have compiled a short list summarizing the hazardous effects of smoking; for both the active and passive smokers:
• High risk of stroke
• High risk of coronary diseases.
• Lung cancer.
• Cervical cancer.
• Respiratory tract cancer and disorders.
• Childbirth complications.
Most of these diseases are related to elderly problems faced by the baby boomer generation. Non-smokers that are exposed to an environment where smoking is common may develop the following health related issues:
• Respiratory tract infections.
• Sudden infant death syndrome.
• Ear infections.
Some Tips to help you with Quitting:
• The foremost thing you need to plan is what would be a sufficiently distractive alternative activity? You need to identify the times and situations that ask for a smoke and then think of an alternative activity in which you can indulge.
• Some people crave cigarettes most when stressed out- and can opt to take a run or even a short walk around the block. In other cases where desiring a cigarette when drinking coffee or alcohol, one could replace the accustomed beverage with tea or a health drink that won’t trigger the desire for a cigarette.
• Inform all your friends, family and co-workers about your decision to quit smoking, so they can motivate and remind you.
• Set a date for completely quitting, but start slowly by cutting down on your nicotine intake and maximizing the duration between cigarettes.
• Try to clean out anything that smells of smoke especially the ash trays.
• Give yourself an incentive for completing a smoke free week. Reward yourself for success.
• Avoid the company of friends who smoke and are not supportive of your decision to quit smoking.
• Ask your doctor about nicotine patches, gums or sprays as they are not as hazardous as cigarettes.
• Keep hard candies or even straws which can be chewed on.
• Enroll in a smoking cessation program. It helps to meet others from the baby boomer generation and hear stories about their elderly problems related to smoking to which you can relate.
• Try to convince a friend to quit along with you, and compare progress or even make it a competition.
• Exercise is a great way to curb the urge to smoke.
After a person quits smoking, they may experience recovery symptoms which include weight gain due to fluid retention, sore or dry gums and/or tongue, hunger, lethargy, and short-temperedness. Some people also complain of insomnia and a persistent cough. The good news is that these are a sign that your body is healing itself and cleansing the effects of nicotine. Usually the effects of nicotine are completely flushed out of your system within 2 to 3 days.
According to psychological research, 350,000 deaths occur each year due to elderly problems like heart and lung diseases, cancer and stroke. This should be a good enough reason for anyone from the baby boomer generation to quit smoking now.
The Psychological Article on How to Quit Smoking is part of Boomer Yearbook’s continuing series of psychological articles on Elderly Problems. We believe knowledge is power. We’d love to hear what you think.
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