Stop Smoking - The Most Popular New Years Resolution for 2011
If you've ever tried to quit smoking and failed, you're one in a group of about 20 million. The numbers vary but it's estimated that there are over 1 billion smokers worldwide. In the USA, the numbers are said to be around 40 million. Anti smoking organizations say it's much higher than that because most smokers who are underage won't report their tobacco use. What we do know is that more than 400,000 Americans die each year because of tobacco. Secondhand smoke kills more than 50,000.
Why do so many try to quit smoking each year and yet so many fail? Truth is, there are two addictions associated with cigarette smoking and both of these addictions must be addressed if one is to become a successful ex-smoker. The most obvious one is the addiction to the drug itself, nicotine. The other is the physical addiction to the smoking habit. It is the process of lighting up as well as the hand to mouth mechanical addiction of just having something to do with ones hands. Some say this addiction is more powerful and harder to kick than even the direct addiction to nicotine. One thing is clear. You must address both of these if you are going to quit smoking.
One of the most common new years resolutions is to kick the smoking habit for those still addicted. With the ever increasing cost of the habit, (a pack of cigarettes can cost more than $6 in some states) as well as the proven health risks associated with smoking, it's no wonder that the number one new years resolution for 2011 is to kick the smoking habit once and for all.
The good news is, there is help available for you. There are nicotine replacement aides like the patches, nicotine gum, and numerous prescription drugs as well. Since there is so much help available, most any doctor will tell you that you should never try toÂ quit smokingÂ cold turkey.
One of the newest devices to hit the marketplace is the electronic cigarette. This new invention delivers the nicotine, but alleges to be free of the tar, carbon monoxide, or other toxic contaminants found in tobacco. The use of an electronic cigarette can still satisfy the mechanical addiction to the smoking habit that is missed by so many other quit smoking aides. Although electronic cigarettes have not been approved by the FDA as quit smoking aides, the word on the street is that they are much safer than a tobacco cigarette. Use your own judgement there, many believe they certainly couldn't be any worse. After all, it is the tar in tobacco that causes cancer, not the nicotine.
If your 2011 new years resolution is to quit smoking, be sure to get help from one or more of the quit smoking aids available and you just might join the more than 200 million Americans that are now smoke free.
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