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The journey to quit smoking
Smoking damages the vital organs of the body, especially the skin. Smoking damages the elastic tissue fibers of your skin making it more susceptible to wrinkles. Smoking creates deep lines around the eye and lip area, and causes an unhealthy discoloration of the skin and teeth.
Smoking sends harmful carbon monoxide and nicotine into the body, and reduces the oxygen and nutrient content in the organs.
Nicotine is a dangerous drug that has negative effects on the heart, brain, liver, skin, blood, lungs, and adrenal glands.
Smoking reduces immune system functioning and leads to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, liver problems, peripheral vascular disease, premature aging, and early death.
Making the decision to stop smoking is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body and life. Stopping the harmful habit of smoking will add years to your life, and give you time to spend with family friends and loved ones. Quitting smoking will also give you increased feelings of health and well being.
Seventy five percent of smokers would like to quit and are making efforts to quit because they realize the serious illness that smoking can cause.
Quitting smoking begins with treating yourself kindly. It begins with understanding that your body is addicted to the chemical nicotine, and that it will take some time, care and healing to defeat this problem.
Healing begins within. Conquering this addiction comes from introspection and realizing the reasons why you smoke. From this realization, make a promise to yourself to start healing and caring for your health.
Talk with your doctor. He/she can help and guide you to quit smoking. Information and support from the internet on the subject can also help you tremendously. Listening to others who have stopped smoking, and learning their secrets of success, can also help and benefit you in many ways. Help is always available for you. All you have to do is look for it.
There are many good options to help you quit smoking. A simple pain free way to begin the process is to smoke in moderation, or gradually cut down the amount you smoke in a day. Your body will begin to adjust to the lowered amounts of nicotine, and this is a very good thing that will help you along your journey to stop smoking. Over time you will desire less nicotine, and you will get to the point where you feel you do not want or need to smoke anymore.
Limiting smoking can immediately help your body to feel better, and this can be very motivating. Knowing you are doing something good for your life will also inspire you to move ahead further and accomplish more goals, which will make you feel wonderful.
The important thing is to take that first step in the direction of your health. The first step can always seem the hardest, but once you build momentum you will be on your way to living a healthy and happier life of freedom, without the constraints of addiction.
If you are trying to quit smoking, remind yourself every day that you are worth it. Millions of people are quitting smoking. It can be done, and it is a battle that can be won with many rewards for your life, health and well being.
Anything good that is worth having in life requires effort. And it is the things we work hardest for that give us the greatest rewards. Good health is one of those things.
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