Techniques for Quitting Smoking<br />155257513970<br />By Alex Byun<br />Techniques for Quitting Smoking<br />All systems are needed in your body, and one of the very important systems is the respiratory system. The respiratory lets people breath and stay alive. A common habit that people have is smoking. Smoking harms the respiratory system greatly. Secondhand smoke harms others too. Even though people do not smoke, because they breathe the smoke from smokers, they get harmed too. Smoking harms smokers, non-smokers, and the environment. Some ways to quit smoking: reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day, only smoke a little bit of the cigarette, and smoke in long intervals.<br />Smoking is an unhealthy habit that harms your body greatly. Smoking causes problems for the mouth. Gum disease, bad breath, and weak teeth are examples of the result of smoking. Your teeth can also become yellow. Smoking also causes headaches. Smoke harms the bronchi and makes you cough. The risk of getting lung cancer is high for smokers. Also, smoking causes the heart to get damaged. Your kidneys are also harmed. The cause of the addiction to smoking is nicotine. It is a natural drug that makes people addicted. Nicotine makes people want to smoke more. This is why it is very hard to quit smoking. Smoking only causes harm to your body, and it also harms others who breathe the smoke. For their own health and for the health of others, quitting smoking is a good idea for smokers.<br />First, a technique for quitting smoking is reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day. Even smoking one less cigarette per day helps. Every day or week, smoke one less cigarette each day. Smoking a large number of cigarettes every day harms the lungs. After a while of using the technique, you get used to not smoking as much. Although this technique may take a long time, the effect is slow and efficient. Smoking fewer cigarettes helps your body and the risk of dying of lung cancer or other diseases is lower. <br />Another technique for quitting smoking is reducing the length of the cigarette you smoke. More smoke causes more damage, and only smoking half or even less of the cigarette can help. This is better for your body and others too, because they do not breathe as much smoke. Controlling how much of the cigarette you smoke can make a big difference. Even better, smoking a little bit less of the cigarette every day would help. A very good technique would be to only breathe in smoke once and throw the cigarette away.<br />Finally, smoking in long intervals is a technique for quitting smoking. If you smoke every hour, reduce it to every two hours, and the next day, three. Smoking less often is a good technique to get your body and mind used to not smoking as much. A key to quitting smoking is making your body and mind quit. This may take a while, but after a long time, smoking only one cigarette per day can become easy. <br />Smoking is harmful for smokers and non-smokers. Quitting smoking will help you and others. Because of smokers, others have to suffer. Reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke each day, only smoking a little bit of a cigarette, and smoking in long intervals can help quit smoking. All the techniques have a thing in common: smoking less. Smoking less develops into a habit, just as smoking is a habit. Also, some people use the techniques in a simple way. For example, smoking less of the cigarette. Those people only do this for their health. Part of quitting is continuing to reduce how much you smoke instead of just reducing how much you smoke. Using all these techniques at once will be even better. Smokers need to quit smoking, and it will help everyone.<br />Not smoking has some effects. People get frustrated, tired, headaches, etc. Some ways to help the wanting to smoke and the effects:<br />- Keep yourself distracted <br />- Keep your fingers distracted too<br />- Read a book or listen to music<br />- Eat candy, chew gum, or anything else to keep yourself from having a cigarette in your mouth<br />- Drink water<br />Here are some examples of purposes for smoking and substitutions that Helpguide suggests.<br />Purpose of Smoking Sample Substitute BehaviorsRelaxation or stress reductionDeep breathing exercises, meditation, massage or exerciseBoredom or LonelinessFind something you’re passionate about such as art, music, or literatureTo feel more comfortable in social situationsCounseling, enroll in a public speaking class, join a support group or splurge on a makeoverA meal doesn’t feel quite complete without a cigarette Eat a healthy meal and then top it off with a delicious dessert <br />Bibliography:<br />Cigarette Smoking Cessation Information by EMedicineHealth.com. WebMD Inc. Web. 14 Mar. 2010. <http://www.emedicinehealth.com/cigarette_smoking/article_em.htm>.<br />"
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