STOP…and take a step in the right direction!
QUIT NOW…Your life depends on it.
Treat addiction, heal Your family
“The goal of spirituality is to bring such happiness, which nobody can take away from you.”
Reasons People Smoke
Nicotine is the main addictive substance in cigarettes and other forms of tobacco. Nicotine is a drug that affects many parts of your body, including your brain. Over time, your body and brain get used to having nicotine in them. About 80–90% of people who smoke regularly are addicted to nicotine. Nicotine reaches your brain within 10 seconds of when it enters your body. It causes the brain to release adrenaline, and that creates a buzz of pleasure and energy. The buzz quickly fades, though. Then you may feel tired or a little down—and you may want that buzz again. Your body is able to build up a high tolerance to nicotine, so you’ll need to smoke more cigarettes to get that same buzz. This up and down cycle happens over and over. That’s what leads to addiction. >When people don’t smoke, they may have withdrawal symptoms. That’s because their bodies have to get used to not having nicotine. Withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Feeling down or sad
- Having trouble sleeping
- Feeling irritable‚ on edge‚ grouchy
- Having trouble thinking clearly and concentrating
- Feeling restless and jumpy
- Slower heart rate
- Feeling more hungry or gaining weight
Smoking can become connected to other activities of your day-to-day life—like watching TV, talking on the phone, hanging out with friends, going certain places, or taking a break to relax. Then smoking becomes a part of a pattern or routine. But you can get help to stop the routine. In-person counseling or talking with a counselor over the telephone can teach you how to break the link between smoking and your daily activities. Ask for help to create new patterns.
Many people smoke because it’s a way they’ve learned to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, negative moods, and the stress of daily life. There are ways to deal with emotions without smoking. Counseling can teach you ways to cope, and getting support from loved ones can help, too.
Overall Health and Life Span Smokers take more sick days. They also have higher health care costs. Smoking can cut at least 10 years off your expected life span. Smoking is the leading cause of premature, preventable death in this country.
Smoking is the leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body. Like the lungs, throat, mouth, liver, breasts, colon, pancreas, and stomach.
Smoking increases the risk of coronary heart disease and stroke by two to four times. Smoking damages blood vessels and can make them get thick and narrow. This makes your heart have to beat faster, and your blood pressure goes up. Blood clots can also form.
Smoking causes lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Tobacco smoke can trigger an asthma attack or make an attack worse. Smokers are 10 times more likely to die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis—than nonsmokers. Smoking just one cigarette a day can have a negative effect on the body’s ability to heal.
Vision and Eye Problems
Chemicals in tobacco smoke can decrease blood circulation and oxygen flow to the eyes. This can cause a variety of vision and eye problems. Smoking causes macular degeneration disease, which triggers damage to the retinas that can’t be undone. It’s a leading cause of blindness.
Mental and Emotional Health
Smoking can make it harder to fall asleep and worsen the quality of your sleep. Smoking can increase your feelings of stress and anxiety. Plus, smoking can increase symptoms of depression.
Your Reasons to Quit
Do you want to be healthier?
Save money? Keep your family safe? Reduce your stress and anxiety? All of those reasons? If you’re not sure, you can ask yourself these questions:
What do I dislike about smoking?
What do I miss out on when I smoke?
How is smoking affecting my health?
What will happen to me and my family if I keep smoking?
How will my life get better when I quit?
Make a list of all the reasons you want to become smokefree. Keep the list in a place where you will see it often, like your car or where you used to keep your cigarettes. When you feel the urge to smoke, take a look at the list to remind yourself why you want to quit.
People often want to quit because of their health, lifestyle, or family. Check out these common reasons many people want to quit.
When you quit smoking, your body feels the benefits immediately. Some of those benefits include faster healing and recovery time.
It’s part of my transition into healthy lifestyle.
It will help improve my stress and anxiety.
I want to prove I can do it—I’ll feel better about myself.
My chances of having cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and other diseases will go down.
I will be less likely to get sick.
I will breathe easier and cough less.
My blood pressure will go down.
My skin will look healthier, and I will look more youthful.
My teeth and fingernails will not be stained.
I will have more money to spend.
I won’t have to worry about when I can smoke next or where I can or can’t smoke.
My food will taste better.
My clothes will smell better.
My car‚ home‚ and kids won’t smell like smoke.
I will be able to smell food, flowers, and other things better.
I don’t want it to control me—I want to be free of this addiction.
My Family Life
I will set a great example for my kids; it takes a lot of strength to quit.
My friends, family, co-workers, and other loved ones will be proud of me.
I will protect my friends and family from the dangers of secondhand smoke.
My children will be healthier.
I will have more energy to do the things I love with friends and family.
I will get healthier so that I am around to share in my family’s special moments.
Now that you’ve thought about your reasons to quit, you’re ready to start
“I have been smoking for the last 55 years. I started at the age of 14 years & I had never stopped. I tried to quit it several times, but I could, only for a few days. Then, I used to puff again. However after I completed Art of Living course, I haven’t even touched a cigarette till date. Today I am feeling better in my health & mind. Thank you Art of Living,”
“I had started smoking & drinking because of the stress at the office & personal life. But after the completion of the Art of Living course, I really did not require to smoke as I have learned how to overcome stress & lead a happy life,”
My health, concentration & my stamina have increased immensely with regular practice of the Art of Living breathing technique. Thanks to the program I have not gone back to smoking in the last 5 years & will never in the future,”
*Note: The names in the experiences are first names to keep the anonymity of the individuals.
After so many years, my daughter has come close to me. Earlier, she couldn’t take the smoke smell. But today, I’m so clean that she wants to hug me and be next to me
A happy Smoke free Father