According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15.9% of the adult population (aged 18+ years) – over 762,000 individuals – are current cigarette smokers in Arizona. Among youth aged 12–17 years, 10.6% smoke in Arizona.
Quitting tobacco use is hard and usually takes several serious tries before a person is successful. Once a decision is made to stop smoking, decide on how to go about doing this:
1. Start by setting the quit date. The smokeout date of November 18, 2010 will be a good tryout date as there will be lots of support from others trying to quit as well as media on this day. Plan how to can stay smoke free during these 24 hours.
2. List the most important reasons that apply to you for quitting cigarettes – Some of the popular reasons for people to quit smoking are:
a. Stop smelling of smoke on clothes, hair and breath as loved ones, friends, coworkers detest this smell.
b. Being around to care for loved ones (smoking reduces a smoker’s life by up to 14 years)
c. Live healthier, especially after age 40. Nicotine and cigarette smoke causes stroke, heart disease and cancer. One pack of cigarettes has up to 60mg of nicotine.
d. Exposing cigarette smoke to non smokers especially children, family and friends. Secondhand smoke causes lung cancer, respiratory and cardiovascular disease
e. Saving money from the cost of smoking. An average pack of cigarettes cost $5 a pack. The savings over a year for a person that smokes a pack a day is $1,820 or $18,200 over 10 years. Many have already been smoking for over 10 years and will continue smoke for another 20-30 years.
3. Avoid situations, places and company of people that trigger the strong urge to smoke.
4. Change your habits. Eat oranges or small light healthy snacks every time there is an urge to smoke.
5. Try taking a few deep breaths for about a minute every time there is an urge.
6. Stay strong willed. Believe that you can do it.
7. Tryout some known and successful methods that have helped people to quit smoking. It is best to avoid alternatives with nicotine. As the goal is to be both nicotine and smoke free. Remember it is the nicotine that is keeping you addicted. A popular pain free and effective process that has helped people become smoke and nicotine free with one full treatment in a few days is Bio Laser Therapy.
Be aware that most cigarettes (in the smoke inhaled) contain 1 to 3 milligrams of nicotine. Studies show that nicotine constricts arteries, making it harder for the heart to pump blood through the body. Nicotine gum is available in 2-mg or 4-mg doses, and nicotine patches in 7mg – 21mg. Nicotine lozenges are available in 2mg and 4 mg doses. The electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) has low and midrange doses (6–8 mg/ml and 10–14 mg/ml respectively), to high and extra-high doses (16–18 mg/ml and 20–54 mg/ml respectively).
Once the process of quitting has been triggered there may be temptations to smoke during the quit phase (strongest urges are during the first 24 hours). Following these simple guidelines has made it easier to stay smoke and nicotine free:
Stay away from other smokers in the first 24-48 hours of quitting, as smokers will tear down your resolve.
Stay out of bars and other places where smoking is common. Avoid drinking alcohol for 48-72 hours.
Try and exercise on the day of the quit. Exercising helps relieve the stress of not smoking.
Discard all cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays. Don’t leave anything that might remind or tempt smoking.
When a bad craving for a cigarette comes up, take a deep breath, drink some water, go for a short walk, or do something else to distract yourself. Cravings will subside in just a minute or two.
Congratulate and reward yourself for staying smoke and nicotine free for 24 hours. Hang in there, do not give up yet. The first 24 hours are the hardest. Try and stay smoke and nicotine free to the next level which is 72 hours. Use the same process as the first 24 hours. Once over the 72 hour level it is easier to stay smoke and nicotine free.
The process of using bio laser therapy to stop smoking (and alcohol, drug addictions as well as enhance appetite suppression) was pioneered by Anne Penman, who was able to squash her 60-cigarettes-a-day addiction through laser treatments. She then made it her personal mission to help other addicts quit over the past 18 years. There are now over 20 Anne Penman Bio Laser centers across the United States, Mexico, Turkey, Scotland, and England; Biocare Laser Therapy Wellness Center is the only Anne Penman organization located in Phoenix, Arizona which also services Denver, Colorado and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Additional information on the bio laser therapy process is viewable at www.biocaretherapy.com.