Spring break your nicotine addiction
(NC)—Spring break is the perfect excuse for a family to get away and spend time together. Taking a spring break allows you to kick back, relax and leave work and school worries behind. Unless you are a smoker, and just can't imagine sitting on an airplane or taking a long road-trip with no opportunity to light up a cigarette. What then?
It's time to take a permanent vacation from smoking.
Smoking is a serious addiction; one that is as strong as an addiction to heroin or cocaine. And quitting smoking is not an easy thing to do. In fact, the average Canadian attempts to stop smoking five times before achieving success and only between five and 10 per cent of smokers manage to successfully quit “cold turkey.” For many people who smoke, travel plans must allow ample opportunity to curb those constant nicotine cravings.
Just like preparing in advance to get the most out of your getaway, effective planning to quit smoking can allow smokers the experience of care-free travel. It can also help them deal with potential nicotine withdrawal symptoms that can include light-headedness, restlessness, sleep disturbance, poor concentration, irritability and aggression, craving for nicotine, depression, and increased appetite. Discussing withdrawal symptoms with a healthcare professional in advance may make a quit attempt more successful.
Here are some tips to consider to help make your family vacation smoke-free:
See your doctor or pharmacist and discuss a quit plan.
While away, make sure to visit restaurants and attractions that prohibit smoking.
Reserve non-smoking hotel rooms and rental cars.
Avoid situations or activities that you associated with smoking. Instead try activities such as swimming or skiing.
While you're away, have a friend or family member clear your home of all smoking materials, such as ashtrays and lighters.
Why not take back control of your family vacations? Just think – the money you save by quitting smoking today could be put towards your dream vacation next year.
Speak with your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional to create an effective quit plan.
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