Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Quitting is HARD.

 Below is a photo of my best friend, Vanessa. I received a text from her two days ago that made my day. She’s decided to quit smoking. I can’t even count the number of times I have harped on her about how bad smoking is. In the end though, smokers need to be motivated to quit if it’s actually going to happen!

Why quit?

Smoking affects your health in many ways…most notably, it is associated with COPD, heart attacks and vascular disease. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths!!

What are some ways you can help yourself to quit?

1) Set a quit date. On that day, make sure you have disposed of everything in your house that is associated with cigarettes.
2) Get your friends and family on board. If people aren’t supporting you, the process just becomes more difficult.
3) Try to avoid smokers.
4) Use quit aids: electronic cigarettes, Nicorette, Champix
5) Don’t let yourself have just one…one leads to two and so on.

We know that 10 years after you quit smoking, your risk of lung cancer returns to that of a nonsmoker.
So start now!

Back to Vanessa. Let’s poll the audience. Before or after? This babe has the nonsmoker look down pat. I hope she knows we’re behind her :)

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