New Year’s Resolutions
Tobacco companies are making a killing from their product. Tobacco is the only legal consumer product that kills when used exactly as indicated by the manufacturer. Cigarette smoking causes 1 in every 5 deaths in the United States. The smoking rate in New York State might be at an all-time low, but people are still addicted, still suffering and still dying.
With the New Year right around the corner and time flying like Santa and his reindeer, people seem to be chatting about how they will “ring in” the new year, who they will be with and …what resolutions they are making. All of this made me think about my friends and family that still smoke. Are you thinking of quitting smoking this year? As a quitter, I can tell you, life is better on the quit side.
What I learned by quitting smoking was that it’s okay to fail and to keep reaching for your goal. I quit smoking for good three times in my life (I guess I had to keep re-learning this lesson) and each time I quit for good, it took me about 9 tries. I’m not sure everyone will understand that concept.
If you want to quit for good, use sound methods. Nysmokefree.com has some resources, as do a lot of other websites out there. Do your research. Find resources that make sense to you. Find tips and tools and try them all and develop a solid plan. List your reasons for quitting and keep them in front of you. Do it for your kids, do it for your pets, do it for your spouse and most importantly, do it for yourself. Just do it.
I put off quitting for a lot of reasons and I thought about it for a long time before I quit. It was harder thinking about it than it was to actually quit. I thought smoking was my friend. I thought I liked it. That was just the addiction talking. There were so many benefits to quitting. I told myself I would quit for one year and if I wanted to go back to smoking I could, after a year. I didn’t want to go back once the year was over.
Think you can use e-cigarettes to quit? Think again. The people I know who used vaping to quit smoking are still vaping a year or more later. They are vaping more often than they smoked and the more they vape, the more they became addicted to nicotine than ever before. The studies aren’t there to support vaping as a quit method. The product ingredients, flavors and nicotine levels are not controlled and can have severe health consequences. Why give up one habit for another?