Kicking a tobacco habit can be difficult, especially if you’ve tried to before. This time, we’re here to help you. Together, we can make every day World No Tobacco Day.
Get ready to quit
It’s crucial to understand just how harmful tobacco is to the body. Tobacco smoke contains numerous harmful chemicals and carcinogens that can cause a wide spectrum of health issues from breathing problems to cancer. Tobacco puts you AND your family at risk.
Create a Quit Plan
Whether you decide to lower your tobacco consumption gradually or to quit cold turkey, have a realistic quit plan. Inform your family and friends of your intention to quit, so that they can support you and prevent a relapse.
Remove Tobacco products from your environment
Out of sight and out of mind can be a powerful catalyst to quit tobacco. Having tobacco products around you can increase the temptation of giving in. Keep your surroundings tobacco-free as much as possible and focus on other things instead.
Dealing with withdrawals
Tobacco contains a highly addictive substance called nicotine, which affects your dopamine system. Drastic drops in nicotine levels can lead to irritation and intolerance. It’s important to get through your tobacco withdrawals and deal with your cravings. Drink plenty of water and exercise to keep yourself busy when the withdrawals hit.
Pharmacological alternates and emotional connections
There are many alternates to tobacco available in the market to help you quit tobacco. Make use of nicotine patches or nicotine gum to get through your cravings. Replace tobacco with healthy substitutes and healthy habits.
Some people equate tobacco to emotions such as feeling relaxed or helps lose weight. You need to overcome such roadblocks and focus on the benefits of quitting tobacco instead.
Remember that quitting tobacco is a journey and it’s okay to take your own time to get there. Don’t be afraid to seek help from your loved ones and if someone you know is trying to quit, give them all your support.
Let’s work together and Make India Healthy. Start your quit plan today.
Author: Manju Athilat
Manju is our resident content writer. With a masters degree in biomedical engineering and a passion for healthcare, she authors content with a focus on living a healthy lifestyle and practicing preventive health.