Butt Out Now: How to Stop Smoking and Stay Cigarette-FreeHave you ever thought about what makes cigarettes so appealing? Perhaps you're feeling pressure from friends to smoke, or maybe you're just curious about what it's like to inhale. Maybe you think smoking will make people like you more or help guard against weight gain. Whether you want to kick the habit or you're worried about a roommate or friend who smokes, read on.
- Using tobacco can spell big trouble for your health. Did you know that nearly one in every five deaths is due to smoking? Nonetheless, according to The American Lung Association, an estimated 19 percent of college students smoke. Beyond threatening your health, smoking in college has been linked to other problems, including poor academic performance. And a study done at the University of Wisconsin showed that 90 percent of regular college smokers and 50 percent of occasional college smokers were still smoking for at least four years after college—a great reason to never start.
- bad breath
- yellow teeth and cavities
- smelly clothes
- increases in the number and severity of respiratory illnesses, such as asthma and bronchitis
- reduced physical fitness, making it more difficult to play sports and exercise
- weakened bones (osteoporosis)
- damage to your lungs and heart, robbing years of life
- Choose a "Quit Day" within the next two weeks.
- Use the Internet to take advantage of online smoking cessation programs like www.smokefree.gov. These tools can help you track your success.
- Avoid places where you would normally light up.
- Stay away from alcohol, which can reduce your willpower.
- Exercise and drink plenty of water.
- Plan activities to keep your mind off smoking.
- Tell friends and family members to be supportive.
- Ask about smoke-free dorms.
- Ask your health care provider about over-the-counter nicotine replacement products (gum and patches).
- What smoking cessation programs are available?
- Which nicotine replacement products would you recommend?
- How will my body react to quitting smoking?
- What can I do to counteract my cravings?
- How can I boost my willpower in social settings?
- American Lung Association
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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