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Quit These Habits First When Trying To Quit Smoking

By: Niharika Choudhary
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Whether you agree or not, smoking is bad for you and there are no excuses to it.

Did you know that cigarette smoking causes 87 per cent of lung cancer DEATHS? 5.1 million people lose their lives to smoking due to active smoking.

Smoking also causes other health disorders such as coronary heart diseases and respiratory problems.

Well, so much is written and talked about every day against smoking. Since ages, we have heard and read stories about people losing their lives because of smoking.

Even you might have seen a loved one falling into the traps of smoking.

The truth is that smokers know everything about the demon named smoking, its perils on themselves and others. Yet there's something that's always pulling them back.

However, many people are able to quit smoking due to a proper counselling or finally falling prey to some health disorder or due to love and concern of their loved ones.

Making up your mind to quit smoking is a challenge in itself.

So, once you are definite to throw back that pack of cigarettes, you need to avoid somethings or make some small changes in your lifestyle to stick to your resolution.

Through this article, we are sharing some of the life hacks that will help you to concentrate on your resolution of quitting smoking. Read on to know more.


Quit The Company Of Smokers

You have probably heard of the saying 'birds of a feather flock together', right?

However, if you are trying to quit smoking, it is time to fly solo then. When you smoke, unfortunately, you form a gang of smokers.

Make a cardinal rule of staying away from your smoking gang when you are trying to quit that butt.


Stop Saying Yes, Learn To Say No

Say 'No' to temptations.

Whenever there's an urge to smoke divert yourself into something else.

Keep delaying the urge before popping a cigarette.

Say 'no' to anyone who offers you a cigarette, no matter if it's only for a puff. 'No' means 'no'.


Avoid Alcohol

Alcohol is a big obstruction while quitting smoking.

You have one shot of it and the urge of smoking starts to kick in.

Sipping alcohol while taking a puff is a habit that go hand in hand.

So, it is best to stay away from alcohol, when trying to quit smoking.


Cut On The Red Meat

Excessive consumption of red meat puts you at risk of having cancer.

In people who smoke, red meat elevates the chances of the already existing dangers of cancer.

So, it is advisable to cut on your consumption of red meat when you quit smoking.


Stop Consuming Aerated Drinks And Caffeine

Aerated drinks make you age faster.

Excessive consumption of caffeine can lead to bone density loss.

Smoking cigarettes on top of these will only make you age at a faster rate.


Avoid Oily And Greasy Food That Makes You Gain Weight

Since you are trying to quit smoking, make changes in your eating habits too.

You might have to cut down on a lot of favourites as well and your metabolism slows down.

So, it's advised to cut down on oily, greasy food till your metabolism comes back to its normal pace to avoid weight gain.


Stop Carrying Cigarette

Yes, this is one condition when you have to cross your heart while trying to quit smoking.

Swear by your heart to stop buying cigarettes and stop carrying cigarettes.

Stay away from anything that reminds you or urges you to pull a puff.


Don't Take Cigarette Breaks

Stop taking cigarette breaks at workplace; if you take one, play solitaire or gossip instead.

Keep yourself involved and kill the urge to smoke.


Quit Negative Thoughts

Slash all the negative thoughts that are pulling you back while quiting smoking.

Stay focussed on your mission. This will take time, but you'll surely achieve it.

Trust yourself!

Read more about: cigarette, smoking, quit smoking
Story first published: Thursday, March 10, 2016, 17:00 [IST]
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