Smoking tobacco is very hazardous to your health. As a matter of fact, Tobacco is the biggest cause of preventable death in the United States.  The WHO (World Health Organization) estimated that around 5.4 million deaths in 2004 alone, and has caused 100 million deaths in the last century. Smoking is a big danger to your own body, and a risk to the people around you. Smoking cessation would be the biggest, not necessarily the easiest way to improve your life and the life of those around you.  Consider taking the steps to quit smoking today.

The reason smoking is so deadly is because of all of the different chemicals in tobacco. Quite a few of these chemicals are toxic to the human body. Nicotine is very addictive, and it only takes 10 seconds for it to reach your brain. Even though the amount of nicotine in a cigarette is fairly small, there is still enough to cause dependency. Carbon Monoxide is also quite dangerous when inhaled, as it will bind with the hemoglobin in your bloodstream, causing your red blood cells to carry less oxygen than normal. Tobacco can also cause many different form of cancer; some of the more common ones include Lung cancer, Kidney cancer, Larynx Cancer, Head and neck cancer, and Bladder cancer. Cancer is not even evident right away; studies show that there is a 20-year lag time before cancer really starts to show up. One thing is very certain. Smoking cigarettes is not good for your health, although it is very hard to quit doing it.

There are ways to help you quit smoking.  You can talk to your doctor about the exact way you want to quit.  The main thing is to decide that you need to want to quit.  Whether using nicotine replacement therapy or some other smoking cessation method, no matter what way you are using to quit, you can use the START method to help you. 

  • S – Set a date that you are going to start.
  • T – Tell others about it.  Let others know you are doing it, and let them hold you accountable.  Do not get mad if they are asking you about how it is going, or if they question you trying to sneak a cigarette.
  • A – Anticipate.  You will have problems and difficult times.  Plan how you are going to deal with them when they happen
  • R – Remove everything tobacco related from your life.
  • T – Talk to your doctor.

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Again, the main thing is to decide that you are going to quit.  Nicotine, and cigarettes, is one of the most addictive habits there is.  It can be both a physical addiction and a mental addiction.  A of START is Anticipate.  Anticipate the times that you would usually smoke, and decide how you are going to deal with them. 

You can use the START method in many aspects of your life, and especially with the problems like smoking. Consider cutting the smoking habit from your life today.  Remember, smoking cessation can start just with setting a date to quit smoking.