According to the American Cancer Society, about 40 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. In addition, those exposed to second hand smoke, like children whose parents smoke, get sick more often, have more lung infections, and get more ear infections. For you and your family, make a decision to quit today.
Once you decide to quit, consider these tips to help you get started. Here are a few basic tips to help get
1. Method. Determine your desired method of quitting – whether cold-turkey or tapering off.
2. Support System. Develop a support system around you. Get support from family, friends and co-workers. Let them know about your desire to quit and ask for their support to help you do it. Seek counseling help if it is needed. There are numerous web- and phone-based counseling support systems in place.
3. Detoxification. Help the body detoxify from the many toxins in cigarettes by using natural approaches. These products are optional, but can provide natural support while the body detoxifies. As with all supplements, these should be discussed with your health care provide prior to use. And be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Homeopathic smoking withdrawal formula - a homeopathic formula designed to support the body in detoxifying, reducing irritability and cravings, and calming nervous tension.
- Herbal Smoke Free formula – An herbal combination with lobelia for those wishing to stop smoking. It may help calm the nervous system, dilate the bronchioles and loosen mucus.
- Detox formula with N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) – Detox formulas often focus on the liver. While smoking does not directly affect the liver, the toxins in cigarettes do get stored in the liver over time. A liver detoxification formula can support healthy liver function, and the NAC works on both lungs and liver to help detoxify.
- Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. It is well known that vitamin C levels are lower in smokers. While vitamin C will not help with cravings or detoxification, it CAN help support the health of blood vessels, which are often damaged due to smoking. Vitamin C would also be beneficial for family members exposed to secondhand smoke.
On this Great American Smokeout, think about quitting, and develop your plan to become free from smoking.