Five Fun Facts about Quitting Smoking
In this day and age, people who want to quit smoking are lucky. Thanks to the Internet and the sheer number of organizations and causes devoted to helping people kick the nasty habit, finding support or help for the quitting process is relatively easy. A quick query to your search engine of choice will turn up a long, long list of forums and blogs all dedicated to make quitting smoking easier. Plus, quit-smoking aids are easily accessible.
This is probably why, right now, ex-smokers outnumber smokers. All over the world, so many people have found ways to successfully stop smoking forever that they’re in greater numbers than people who are still lighting up. This only goes to show that, these days, quitting smoking is a completely achievable goal.
Here are some facts about quitting smoking you might find interesting.
⦁ You have more choices than ever when it comes to getting help in quitting smoking.
Quit-smoking organizations have spread all over the world, and more blogs and support groups are sprouting like mushrooms even as you read this. You can get help from the old standbys like the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society. These organizations have been around for some time and have great success rates at helping people stop smoking.
If you look around, you’ll also stumble upon many organizations that can provide counseling through the quit-smoking process. Sign up for forums and message boards dedicated to helping smokers quit and you might be able to get in touch with ex-smokers who have never smoked a cigarette since their quit date. You can even get quit-smoking apps on your smartphone or tablet, if you need encouragement while you’re away from a computer.
⦁ Most smokers prefer to seek help from a doctor at the beginning of the process to quit smoking.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that more people have found success from methods such as medication or nicotine replacement therapy. Many people visited their doctors or other medical professional just to get advice on how to quit smoking. The professional advice seems to be highly effective at helping people through the quitting process.
The second most popular method of seeking support for quitting smoking is through counseling, either with a group or over the phone.
⦁ Quitting cold turkey has seen the highest success rate for people wanting to stop smoking.
If you’re contemplating quitting smoking, you might find it interesting to know that more ex-smokers have been successful with quitting smoking cold turkey than with any other method. The numbers say that just stopping smoking altogether is more effective than nicotine therapy through nicotine patches, sprays, and gum.
So if you set a quit date and just never take nicotine into your body again after that day, you stand a greater chance of successfully quitting smoking altogether.
⦁ Vaping or using an electronic cigarette is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to tobacco cigarettes.
Some people just can’t quit smoking cold turkey, so they find ways to wean themselves from the habit of inhaling nicotine or the feel of having a cigarette between their fingers. This is perhaps why e-cigarettes and vaping are becoming more popular these days. Vaping is considered to be generally healthier than smoking, but it still brings some negative effects on your health. Some types of e-liquid, for instance, contain nicotine, although usually in lower amounts than that found in cigarettes.
⦁ Your body starts feeling the benefits of quitting smoking as soon as 20 minutes after you quit.
Smoking has such a negative effect on your body that you’ll experience some positive changes as soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette. At this point, your heart rate and your blood pressure levels start to go back to normal. Your core body temperature rises, too, so you’ll be feeling a little warmer. Your body is already trying to heal itself from the harm smoking has done to it.
In the eight hours after that, your body gets rid of more than 90% of the nicotine it normally expels. Your body is now in the process of ridding itself of toxins, and it can do that process much more efficiently since you’re not subjecting it to any more harmful chemicals.