Spring clean your health: kick your smoking habit
Spring is often seen as a time for a fresh start – with many of us spring cleaning around our homes. Why not do some spring cleaning when it comes to your health?
Spring is a great time to start healthy habits and kick the bad ones! One of the toughest habits to kick is smoking.
Quitting smoking is tough because:
- Nicotine in cigarettes is addictive. Quitting can cause physical withdrawal symptoms including intense cravings, headaches, anxiety and sweating.
- Cigarettes are often used to reduce stress. Many people smoke cigarettes because nicotine can momentarily boost your mood or reduce depression and irritability. However, the long-term health consequences outweigh these short-term effects.
Smoking cigarettes can cause a range of long-term health problems.
- Lung cancer
- Heart disease
- Back pain
- Osteoporosis (thinning of the bone)
- Male impotence
- Slower healing
Adventist HealthCare is part of a long history of efforts by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to help people stop smoking. Here are some tips from Adventist HealthCare’s smoking cessation counselors:
- Get ready. Select a quit-date when you won’t have a lot of stress and tell people close to you about your plan.
- Change your routine. If you usually smoke after lunch, take a walk instead.
- Use medicine. Nicotine replacement therapy can help manage cravings.
- Get support. You can seek help from a professional smoking cessation program like that at Adventist HealthCare or visit www.smokefree.gov for help.
Ready to quit smoking? Get a free consultation from Adventist HealthCare’s Tobacco Cessation Program.
Find more tips from Nurse Rose here: www.AdventistHealthCare.com/NurseRose.