Smoking remains one of the major causes of illness and deaths worldwide. It increases the risks for coronary heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer. According to the World Health Organization, smoking kills more than 7 million people a year. More than 6 million of those deaths are directly related to tobacco use, while the remaining numbers are the result of non-smokers being exposed to tobacco smoke.
In the Philippines, a survey was by the Global Audit Tobacco (GATS) in 2009 showed that there are 17.3 million Filipino tobacco users aged 15 years and older. 47 percent of smokers are men and 9 percent are women.
Smoking will eventually result in bigger health problems. Quitting smoking can be hard but it all starts with dedication and a strong mindset. If you want to quit smoking, here are some ways to do so:
- Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)
There are nicotine gums, lozenges, nasal sprays, and patches that can help you beat your cravings. It can also help reduce withdrawal symptoms that may delay your attempt to give up smoking. Nicotine replacement therapies aim to supply you a controlled dose of nicotine while weaning you off cigarettes. Discuss your NRT option with your doctor before you quit smoking.
- Avoid triggers
Identify things that might trigger your cravings for smoking and plan ahead on how you can avoid them entirely.
In a study done at the University of Oslo, participants–who had been smoking for an average of 23 years–were given acupuncture treatments. In five years, the said participants smoked less and had a lower desire to smoke. Acupuncture can be helpful in managing nicotine-withdrawal symptoms, perhaps by stimulating the release of endorphins, a brain chemical.
Hypnosis is a popular treatment when it comes to smoking cessation. Hypnosis helps individuals enter a state of mind where they become more focused and susceptible to suggestions that weaken their craving for cigarettes. Hypnosis also strengthens their will to quit smoking entirely.
Research that done in Ohio State of University found that smokers who participated in hypnosis were more successful in quitting.
It’s never too late to change your lifestyle for the better. However, always remember to consult your doctor about what’s best for you. Have a talk with your doctor about your options when you’re planning to quit smoking. Visit ManilaMed for more information.