Today is World No Tobacco Day. An effort to remind people, the world over, of the hazards of smoking and reduce the number of deaths caused by this deadly habit.

Surely the words ‘smoking is injurious to health’ do not effect most of the habitual smokers. But for those who want to quit it, these words just remind them of their helplessness!

It’s a known fact that smoking is much more injurious for women, not because men are supposed to be any stronger than women… but because women are the creators of life. And smoking can have a very adverse effect, not only on the health of the little ones you’ll give birth to, but also on your own health at the time of pregnancy!

So, if you have tried to quit smoking and failed before, don’t worry. It’s natural. Just don’t quit your desire and determination to quit smoking!

Now that you have decided to quit the hazardous habit, the following guidelines will help you:

Breathe Deep
Inhale the deepest lung-full of air you can, and then, very slowly, exhale. Purse your lips so that the air must come out slowly. As you exhale, close your eyes, and let your chin gradually sink over onto your chest. Visualize all the tension leaving your body, slowly draining out of your fingers and toes, just flowing on out.

It will be your greatest weapon during the strong cravings, sure to assault you over the first few days.

Taking In Fluids
In the first few days, drink a lot of water and fluids to help flush out the nicotine and other poisons from your body.

The urge to smoke only lasts a few minutes, and will then passes.

Stay Away From Alcohol, Sugar And Coffee
Do your very best to stay away from alcohol, sugar and coffee the first week or longer, as these tend to stimulate the desire for a cigarette. Avoid fatty foods, as your metabolism will slow down a bit without the nicotine, and you may gain weight even if you eat the same amount as before quitting. So discipline about diet is extra important now.

After dinner, instead of a cigarette, treat yourself to a cup of mint tea or a peppermint candy.

Pamper Yourself
Go ahead and get an hour of massage or indulge in a long hot water bath. Get yourself involved in some hobby. This will divert your mind from the urge to smoke.

Ask for Support
Ask for support from co-workers, friends and family members. Ask for their tolerance. Let them know you’re quitting and that you might be edgy or grumpy for a few days. If you don’t ask for support, you certainly won’t get any! If you do, you’ll be surprised how much it can help!

Ask your friends not to smoke in your presence. This is more important than you may realize.

Destroy all Your Cigarettes
On your quit day, hide all ashtrays and destroy all your cigarettes, preferably with water, so that no part of them is ‘smokeable’.

Hold Back Yourself!
When you begin subsiding and taking control over smoking, you may be from time to time overwhelmed with a desire for “just one cigarette.” BEWARE of this. This will happen unexpectedly, during moments of stress, whether negative stress or positive (at a party, or on vacation). If you are unprepared to resist, succumbing to that “one cigarette” will lead you directly back to smoking!

Remember, just take a deep breath and stick to your resolution. No matter what!

All the best and happy no smoking day!

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