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Smoking can affect every part of your body- right from your eyes to feet, heart to penis/ ovary or so on. So, we are not telling you about how and why you should quit smoking but yes, if you are considering to quit smoking: here's how you should quit smoking- the easier way!
Dr Tilak Suvarna, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Asian Heart Institute chalks down tips to quit smoking:
- Identify a very good reason to stop smoking --- e.g: protect your children from second-hand smoke; to look or feel younger. You will need plenty of support when you decide to kick this addiction. So involve your family and friends who can encourage you to stay the path.
The thing about smoking is, you started it with a reason like to look cool, so you need to end it with a really tough reason too. When it comes to matters of the head, it's all too important. Read: World No Tobacco Day 2018: Ditch smoking and tobacco; choose heart health.
-'You have to stop completely and instantly. You cannot reduce your smoking and then plan to stop gradually. It will never happen.'
- You usually smoke to relax. Find other ways to relax --- like listening to music, connecting with friends who do not smoke, finding yourself a new hobby.
- Start exercising. It can curb your craving for nicotine and can reduce your withdrawal symptoms. Exercise will also help you to avoid weight gain as you quit smoking. Read: World no tobacco day: 10 organs that tobacco can damage apart from your lungs .
-Take the help of your doctor who can recommend methods that will be helpful --- counselling, support groups, nicotine-replacement therapy (nicotine gum or lozenges or patches), medications.
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