~ Want to Quit Smoking? Website Strives to Help Seniors Quit Smoking - But It Can Help Anyone Who Wants to Quit
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have launched a new web site focused on helping seniors quite smoking.
The site provides strategies for overcoming limiting beliefs, especially that "it is too late" to quit, as well as a lot of encouragement that it can be done - even if you have quit before and started up again.
- What's Holding You Back?
- How Smoking Affects Your Life
- What's In Cigarette Smoke?
- Worksheets for Your Quit Plan
- Handling Withdrawl and Cravings
...and much, much more.
Even though the web site focuses on the special challenges older people face when trying to quit smoking, there are many issues covered that are universal to all people trying to quit - young people, too.
One of the most compelling pieces is the CDC's publication "Within 20 Minutes of Quitting" - here are the highlights, starting with the amazing fact that just 20 minutes after quitting, you get an immediate benefit:
Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.
- 20 Minutes After Quitting - Your heart rate drops.
- 12 hours After Quitting - Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting - Your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.
- 1 to 9 Months After Quitting - Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
- 1 Year After Quitting - Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smokerís.
- 5 Years After Quitting - Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmokerís 5-15 years after quitting.
- 10 Years After Quitting - Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smokerís. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
- 15 Years After Quitting - Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmokerís.
With much compassion, the authors acknowledge how addictive nicotine is - which is what creates the cravings, but there is some very good news on that front.
A recent study, just published the Journal of Psychopharmacology
omega-3 fatty acids - which have been shown to provide numerous health benefits - significantly reduce cigarette cravings in smokers trying to quit. Here is a synopsis: http://bit.ly/1nk8lbz
Sources: NIH Senior Health: Quitting Smoking For Older Adults: Quitting When Youíre Older (http://1.usa.gov/UbOFyf), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: "Within 20 Minutes of Quitting" (http://1.usa.gov/1kOpR4P)
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