FREEDOM FROM SMOKING
I want to stop smoking, but…
Cigarettes are a part of our life. We see them everywhere, in the hands of the young and old, on television and in the movies, in grocery stores and convenience stores and, even at the checkout counter of pharmacies.
To stop smoking you must want to stop. It requires effort, but quitting means giving up on a habit that has been with you for a while, perhaps a lifetime. Smoking is an addiction. We know about the physical issues that result from smoking, the list is quite long. Lung cancer, heart disease, diabetes, liver cancer and tuberculosis are only a few of the diseases to make the list. In addition, what about the psychological aspect of this addiction and the physical chemical dependency caused by nicotine?
When nicotine levels drop, the smoker’s heart rate increases, blood pressure is elevated, they may experience anxiety, restlessness and irritability. Hunger, thirst and dry mouth are other issues created by a lower level of nicotine. Imagine how good it will feel for your mind and body to be free of the overpowering symptoms of nicotine addiction.
When things are off or wrong, a smoker reaches for a cigarette to cope with the issue to try to temporarily feel better. When the one cigarette fails to ease the situation, the smoker reaches for a second, third and so on, until a pack or two is consumed in a day. This is a costly addiction, in numerous ways.