6 simple tips to help you quit smoking for good

The Great American Smokeout Day is November 19

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More than 400,000 Americans die as a result of cigarette smoking each year. But no one ever died from quitting! Here are six simple — but not easy — tips to help you quit smoking for good.

Tips to quit smoking

  1. Prepare in advance by setting a “Quit Day.” Then, celebrate when that date comes. It’s a special occasion and should be treated as one.
  2. Think about your tobacco behavior and identify what triggers your urges and cravings. Then, learn to separate yourself from the situations in which you used tobacco by changing your routine. Most people find the craving goes away within a short period of time. Until it does, don’t go back to your old routines. Continue reading

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Tips to help you kick the habit

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“Quitting tobacco is the best thing you can do for your health,” says University of Michigan dietitian Susan Ryskamp, M.S., R.D., noting that more than 400,000 Americans die as a result of cigarette smoking each year.

According to the American Heart Association, cigarette smokers have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease as smoking can result in high blood pressure, which stretches out the arteries and causes scarring. Bad cholesterol, or LDL, can get lodged in the scar tissue and combine with white blood cells to form dangerous clots.

Smoking also:

  • Robs you of some of your good cholesterol.
  • Increases the blood’s clotting likelihood, increasing your risk of stroke.
  • Contributes to peripheral artery disease by putting strain on arteries and veins, increasing the risk for aortic aneurism.
  • Makes it more difficult to exercise.

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