First Week Important When Quitting Smoking

tobaccoTobacco use is perhaps one of the deadliest of all habits on planet earth.  If you smoke or chew, stopping this one habit will do more for your health and long term survival than anything else you could choose to do.  I had a dear uncle, who died around age 50 from tobacco related lung cancer. He was in every other way healthy and fit and leading a great life as a college professor with three children who would later have grandchildren that would never know this wonderful man. He was my mom’s only brother and sibling, and I know she and his children have missed him beyond belief. 

If you are smoking or chewing, get help and keep trying. They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, that is, if you do something daily for 21 days, it becomes a habit.  This can be a good thing in the case of eating a healthy breakfast, or exercising, and when it comes to quitting smoking, turns out even 7 days may be enough for most to break the habit.  The study below looked at nicotine and medication assisted smoking cessation, and regardless of the method, those who quit for at least 7 days had a much higher rate of staying away from tobacco for good.  

We now have forms of nicotine replacement that you can buy on your own at the pharmacies or convenience stores, patches, gum and electronic cigarettes.  Just get started, and enlist your support system to help keep you accountable, and if you fail, try again and again and again until you get this job done.  If you are victim to the tobacco industry, those same corporate greedy liars who for decades hid the information and knowledge about the dangers of tobacco and cleverly promoted their toxins on the big screens, then you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to tell them where to go with their deadly poisonous tobacco products. 

Take it one day at a time.  Get help from a doctor if you have tried everything you can try on your own and failed.  Make this your number one goal until you get that monkey off your back.  For teens and young adults, please don’t start and if you have already, stop before it gets more difficult to stop.  Nicotine is highly addictive, that’s why it’s so hard to stop.

The good news is that if you get a week, you have a good chance to stay stopped for good.  Just never let your guard down.

Read the 7 Day article here

Dr. Paul

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