Did you know, annually, approximately six million people worldwide die due to tobacco use, and 600 000 of them are non-smokers? SMASA urges you to take responsibility for your well-being as well as the well-being of others and quit smoking. Here’s why:
– Smokers are four times more likely to become blind because of age-related macular degeneration than those who have never smoked.
– Research shows that active smoking may play a role in increasing the risk of breast cancer.
– Smoking may cloud the mind.
– This nasty habit “invites” infection as it weakens your immune system.
– It weakens the body’s “scaffolding” and plays a serious risk factor for osteoporosis.- It leads to dangerous diseases such as lunch cancer and emphysema.
It’s never too late to start taking better care of your overall health and well-being and lead a healthier lifestyle. By kicking your smoking habits, you lower the risk of developing various diseases, such as diabetes or lung cancer.
If you are contemplating the idea of quitting, here is what you need to do:
1. Set a date for when you are going to quit. Make it known to your friends and family so that you have support.
2. On the day you have set, throw out all your ashtrays.
3. Eat regular meals as sometimes hunger gets mistaken for the urge to smoke.
4. Take up a new hobby or try and exercise regularly to keep busy.
5. Keep gum or sweets close by and whenever you get the urge to smoke, pop one in your mouth.
6. Create a ‘money jar’. All the money you would’ve spent on buying cigarettes put it in there instead. Overtime you will see how much you save and will never smoke again.
You are guaranteed to have more energy and stay healthier when you eventually take up the challenge to stop.