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Cease your smoking habit

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, September 24, 2010

Updated: Friday, September 24, 2010 12:09


We all have those days when the weight of the world is on our shoulders and stress has blown our fuses. Sooner or later, we turn to our habits and addictions to get us by. For some, it’s the promise of a day of shopping, a game on the field, or a night on the town; a reward after a hard week. As for others, it’s the quick depression of nerve endings through a hefty puff of tobacco. While cigarettes may cut off the edge of a demanding day, they cut off your life as well. You’ve heard the warnings for years on end, so why not take the time to put away the matches and light up your life instead.

1.Cut off bad ties. Usually, you’ll be most tempted to smoke when you’re around others who follow the trend. They could be your best friends, or a crowd who provides you with your poison. Let your friends and family know that you’re trying to quit. The more others know, the less likely they are to offer or be around you when they smoke.

2.Start a new routine. Some people can’t start their morning without coffee in one hand and a smoke in the other. Try doing something more productive and healthier for you, like a morning jog. Not only will it occupy your mind, the endorphins and adrenaline are an excellent way to help you stay focused and energized for the day. You’ll start seeing improvement in your breathing as well.

3.Find a substitute. Smoking also has a link to oral fixation, meaning you can’t help but put something in your mouth. Cheese sticks, carrots, apples, or the non edibles such as a tooth pick or straw can be of big help occupying your mouth with something friendlier. Considering your hands are a key part of supplying your substance, you should keep them busy as well. Learn a new hobby such as juggling, sign language, drawing, or playing an instrument.

4.Reward yourself. According to the Norwich Bulletin of Norwich, Connecticut, the average adult smoker spends about $1,825 per a year on cigarettes. Just imagine how much you could do with that money! Instead of buying a pack or carton, put the money you would spend away. Save it up and at the end of the week, or month if you’re gutsy, and splurge on yourself. Go out to dinner, buy tickets to a concert, or invest in a furry friend to join you on those morning jogs.

5.Find a support group. The UNCG Wellness Center is a great source for smoking cessation. Group counseling and nicotine replacement therapy are among the many strategies used to help students quit. You can also contact the North Carolina Tobacco Use Quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

Overall, keep in mind all the wonderful benefits you’ll get out of quitting. Your family and friends will respect you more because of what you’ve achieved and how much happier you’ll be. Economically, you’ll be better off spending less on cigarettes, teeth whiteners, and odor neutralizers for your home. Most off all, you’ll live a healthier, longer life. Besides, who wants to be the chick that’s caught smoking in front of the health building looking obviously pregnant? Be cool- drop the tool.

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