The domino effect of successfully quitting smoking
(NC)—Smoking is a serious addiction that has many implications. While the health implications of smoking are well-known to most people, what some smokers fail to realize is the impact their addiction has on other people – affecting family, friends and co-workers, and even the stranger walking behind them on the street.
Quitting smoking is easier said than done. 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”. Many smokers say that quitting would be one of their greatest accomplishments. Undoubtedly, it would benefit others too.
Ellen Holmes, a former smoker of over 50 years, expressed one of the most meaningful moments she experienced during her latest and successful quit attempt.
“I was a smoker for over 50 years and struggled to overcome my nicotine addiction before seeking support and putting a quit plan in place,” said Ellen. “One day, after I had been smoke-free, my granddaughter and I were outside gardening together. Afterwards, she mentioned that she noticed I wasn't coughing, and I hadn't stopped for a cigarette. It brought tears to my eyes that she noticed.”
For Ellen, quitting smoking not only benefitted her personally, but also brought her and her granddaughter closer. She is now able to enjoy the company of her granddaughter, doing the things they love together, without succumbing to nicotine cravings.
Effective quit planning can help smokers prepare to deal with the nicotine withdrawal symptoms they might experience, which can include light-headedness, restlessness, sleep disturbance, poor concentration, irritability and aggression, craving for nicotine, depression, and increased appetite. Discussing withdrawal symptoms in advance with a healthcare professional may make a quit attempt more successful.
“When you quit smoking, you don't just quit for yourself,” said Ellen.
For more information about developing an effective quit plan, speak to your doctor, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
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