If quitting smoking is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. The business magazine Inc. ranked quitting smoking as number 6 on its list of the 10 most common resolutions in 2019.
And there’s no better time to quit than now. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the smoking rate among American adults is at an all-time low. Only 13.7% of American adults smoked in 2018, down from 20.9% in 2005. And the proportion of people who once smoked and quit increased too.
Why Should You Quit Smoking?
Quitting smoking is one of the most proactive steps you can take to better your health and well-being, especially if you have a chronic lung condition. Smoking increases your risk for heart disease, chronic lung disease, stroke, cancer and other serious health conditions. And a recent study revealed that even light or social smoking caused 66% as much lung damage as daily heavy smoking, which suggests that any level of smoking causes progressive lung damage. While light smoking can help you bridge the gap between smoking and quitting for good, the healthiest option for anyone who smokes is to quit altogether. It’s never too late to break the habit, because your body starts to heal itself within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette.
Tips for Quitting Smoking in 2020
First, remember that nicotine is a highly addictive chemical that changes your brain chemistry. Quitting smoking is one of the hardest habits to break, and many people make several attempts before succeeding. So be gentle on yourself and commit to trying again if you fall off the wagon on your first, fifth or even eighth attempt.
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Find your reason for quitting. Know your “why” — it can be to improve your health or to stop exposing your loved ones to dangerous secondhand smoke.
- Use quit aids. Use tools designed to help you quit, like nicotine replacement products, online support forums, counseling programs and even mobile apps.
- Find new ways to unwind. Choose activities to turn to when you feel stressed and crave a cigarette. Go for a walk, put on some upbeat music or take a warm bath to relax.
- Exercise and eat well. Exercising and eating a balanced, nutritious diet can help you curb cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
- Accept support and assistance from loved ones. Quitting smoking is a monumental task to take on by yourself. Lean on friends and family for motivation and support, and call up a loved one to talk when a craving strikes.
Lung Health Institute Can Help You Breathe Easier™ in the New Year
Lung Health Institute offers chronic lung disease treatment: cellular therapy. Cellular therapy uses your body’s own cells to promote reduced inflammation within the lungs, and treatment may be able to slow the progression of your condition. Cellular therapy can help you maintain or improve your long-term quality of life and return to doing the activities you love.
If you are still smoking and interested in receiving cellular therapy, read Lung Health Institute’s smoking policy here.
To learn more or schedule a free consultation, contact one of our patient coordinators today.