Is 13 your lucky number – if not it could be
Stop smoking for 13 years and add 474,500 minutes to your life (every cigarette not smoked adds 5 minutes onto your life ) 20 per day smoker =100 minutes per day)
Stop smoking 13 cigarettes per day and save £1,779.37 20
The average smoker able to live to age 75 has 5.8 fewer teeth than a non-smoker, however by year 13 after quitting, your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of someone who has never-smoked.
Reduce your risk of 13 smoking related illnesses: cardiovascular disease, emphysema, COPD asthma, lung cancer, bladder cancer, cancer of the oesophagus, cancer of the kidneys, cancer of the pancreas cervical cancer, impotence, high blood pressure, ulcers
13 TIPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE TO QUIT SMOKING –
- It’s not as hard as you think. Once you begin to be honest with yourself and to look at the facts about smoking, it will become a pleasure to remove this addiction from your life.
- Ask yourself exactly what it is doing for you; then ask yourself what it is not doing for you. You can begin with your hair and work your way down to the tips of your toes. It is a medical fact that smoking affects every organ in the human body in a harmful way.
- Look at quitting cigarettes as giving yourself a gift – a very big gift. You are giving yourself a better quality of life and, very possibly, a longer life. You are giving yourself a healthier body. You are giving yourself more self-esteem. Wrap all this in a package and look at it for the gift it really is, then “Go for it”!
- Set a date. Make a commitment. Give it a try. Remember, it is alright if you don’t succeed at first. Just keep trying. The only way you can lose is by giving up on giving up!.
- Don’t look at it as if you are giving up something. This makes it seem too much like a loss. What you are really doing is tossing something out of your life that has done you harm and doesn’t belong here anymore. You are throwing away pure rubbish. No longer are you going to allow your lungs to be resting place for nicotine and tars.
- Always keep a positive attitude. After all, this is one of the most positive things you’ve ever done. Stay away from negative people and annoying situations.
- Quit for yourself. Even though your family and loved ones will benefit tremendously from your quitting, it is you that will benefit the most.
- Treat giving up smoking with the respect it rightly deserves. Become willing to go to any lengths to remove it from your life. If you are not willing, try praying for the willingness. This usually works.
- Look up the word “nicotine” in your dictionary and write down the definition in big letters: “A poisonous alkaloid used as an insecticide.” Put it where you can see it.
- Take charge and stop saying “I’ll take my chances” and start saying “ I choose life”
- Don’t fool yourself by saying you have too many pressures in your life right now to give up cigarettes. If you are smoking, this in itself is a pressure, a very great pressure. Every day is a gamble and your life is at stake. By getting nicotine out of your life, other things will become easier to handle. You will feel better about yourself and you will have more energy. You will have accomplished something more meaningful than all the money and material objects you could ever acquire. You will have given yourself what no one else could give you. You will no longer have the pressure of being a smoker.
- Don’t use the excuse that you might gain weight to justify your continuing to smoke. Even if you do gain a little, the fact that you will be more active and will get more exercise should counteract any weight gain. Remember, overeating, not stopping smoking, causes weight gain….we have a laser treatment that can help.
- Plan to do things that will keep your mind off smoking. Sometimes our minds can be our worst enemies. They will tell us that we need a cigarette for just about any reason that is handy at the time. By doing things like going to the movies in the non-smoking section, munching on corn or sucking on a lollipop, we can keep our minds occupied and get a break. Go to museums and other places where smoking isn’t allowed. Swimming is another good idea.