With the start of a new year just around the corner, there’s no better time than the present to think about what sort of resolutions you’re going to make for 2019 – and quitting smoking could be just the resolution for you.
As well as making excellent use of e-cigarette kits to help you ditch the cigs, you could find it really useful to sign up to the Hold My Light scheme, which will see you give up smoking cigarettes for 30 days. Apparently, if you do it for an entire month, you’re actually five times more likely to quit for good – so with January just six or so weeks away, now’s the time to start preparing yourself mentally for it.
Once you’ve decided to go smoke-free for 30 days, you then choose your preferred way of quitting the cigs (whether that’s with a vape pen, using willpower or some other kind of cessation aid). Then you create your profile on the Hold My Light site and invite your friends to make commitments to keep you motivated for the 30 days.
Commitments could be anything from your friend offering to cook you dinner every week for a month if you succeed in your endeavour to someone treating you to a manicure (which your hands will surely thank you for, since smoking can really age the skin). You might even want to make a commitment to yourself to go for teeth-whitening as a reward for finally stopping smoking.
According to Cancer Research UK, tobacco is the single biggest avoidable cause of cancer in the world, causing 28 per cent of cancer deaths here in the UK. But it also doesn’t just cause cancer – it’s also responsible for tens of thousands of deaths every year from other conditions like lung and heart problems.
And even if you think you’re fine because you don’t smoke that much, note that you still have an increased risk of early death compared to those who don’t smoke at all. A recent study found that those who smoke up to four cigarettes each day were around 50 per cent more likely to die prematurely than non-smokers.
But, of course, it can be particularly hard to quit because nicotine is so very addictive. A report by the Royal College of Physicians found that nicotine is highly addictive, especially when exposed to it through tobacco use and tobacco dependence is at least as serious as addiction to harder drugs such as cocaine and heroin.
So there you have it! Lots of excellent reasons to consider trying to quit in January, or even before… Why not talk to your friends and family about Hold My Light and see if they’d be happy to lend their support to help you quit? The answer is sure to be yes – and at the very least, just think about all that money you’ll save by not buying cigarettes each and every day.
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