It’s no secret. Everyone knows that smoking kills. Yet, more than 35 million people in the U.S. smoke . Why? Why do so many people pick up and maintain a habit that’s estimated to take a whole decade off of a person’s life?
This is the most obvious reason. Out of the 16 million Americans with smoking-related diseases, it’s safe to say that you don’t want to be one of them. No one wants to be ill, especially not with life-threatening conditions such as throat and lung cancer.
In addition to potential health problems, there are money problems. Smoking is not a cheap habit; the cost adds up over time. Especially during difficult economic times, you want every penny you spend to be worthwhile. Cigarettes are the opposite. They cost you both now and in the long run when you pay the price with your life.
The benefits to you are never-ending. You will appear healthier, your senses will be heightened, you’ll no longer have anxiety about when your opportunity to smoke will come and so on.
Secondhand smoke can be just as harmful to a person as smoking themselves. Therefore, you may choose to quit out of respect for the lives of those around you. This habit doesn’t only affect you. The people around you — whether friends, family or just people you cross paths with in everyday life — have chosen not to poison their bodies. Why should you get to make a conflicting choice for them?Too, there are undoubtedly people that care about you and want you to kick cigarettes for you. If smoking were to be a contributor to your untimely demise, imagine how hurt your family and friends might feel? After all, it was in your control to prevent such a sad outcome.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Many are able to quit with the help of nicotine patches, gum, inhalers and even nasal sprays. These products deliver small doses of nicotine. As a person gradually decreases the dosage, the strength of the urge to smoke slowly subsides.
Herbal Products. Nicotine replacements have been known to become addictive for some. If this is a concern, there are herbal products available which act in the same way without that risk. They also provide some reprieve from the onslaught of withdrawal symptoms.
There are many other ways to achieve the ultimate goal of living a tobacco-free life. No matter how you wish to go about it, though, it still starts with one step. Why not take that step on the third Thursday of November, which is the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event ?
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are beginning for many families, and the rush is on to find that perfect gift. Whether you’ve gotten all of the presents long ago, or you are still in the “research” phase, it’s a good idea to have safety a priority in addition to fun.
Getting presents for kids can be really easy, or quite tricky. You have to think about age appropriateness, trends, components, to name a few considerations. Not sure what to do? It’s okay, here are few tips.
How would you answer? When is flu season? You might have heard that it begins in December and often lasts through February. While that’s generally true, it’s also true that the beginning and end of the season are unpredictable. In fact, sometimes it can begin in the fall and continue through spring.No matter the time of year, though, no one wants to end up with the flu. Coughing, chills, body ache and fever really don’t sound pleasant, do they? So what can you do to make sure that you’re spared for one more season? Get vaccinated.
Did you know that November is Bladder Health Month ?
Bladder health isn’t something that’s talked about openly or often. Yet, it’s very important. The ultimate goal of Bladder Health Month is to help people speak more openly about it, improve their overall bladder health and raise bladder cancer awareness.
When we think about bladder health it raises the question: What important things do you need to know on this subject of bladder health? Two issues that you should be aware of are first, urinary incontinence and an overactive bladder (OAB), and what are worrisome symptoms that I should talk to my doctor about.