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Kick Your Smoking Habit

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Mark your calendar November 20, 2014 is the 38th Annual Great American Smoke Out.

According to the American Cancer Society, more people quit smoking for good on this event than any other day.  Every year 4 million Americans quit. You can do it too.

There are plenty if reasons to quit. First is for your health. Did You Know That?

Most experts agree the single most important thing you can do for your health is stop smoking.
More than 25 different diseases are associated with tobacco use, including cancer of the lung, pharynx, uterus and cervix, high blood pressure, heart disease, emphysema, asthma and strokes.
Smokers tend to miss more work due to illness than nonsmokers do.  They spend more money out of pocket for health and life insurance.
Smokers also spend $3,200.00 plus annually on their habit.
Many people have tried to overcome their addiction and stay smoke-free.  Some of the largest obstacles to becoming smoke-free are stress, anxiety, depression and failing to set up a plan for success.
Here are some tips to help you succeed:

Plan a survival kit. You will need some substitutes.  Try gum, carrot sticks or toothpicks to keep you hands and mouth busy.
Have a support person to call. The decision to stop smoking can elicit uncomfortable emotions. Ask someone to be available to you to encourage you through the tough times.
Use acupuncture to quit smoking has enormous benefits. It is very successful in calming and relaxing the mind.  I will reduce stress and alleviate anxiety.  Acupuncture will restore your body and its systems to a healthy balance.  Acupuncture will provide you with support that you need to reduce food and nicotine cravings.  Generally, acupuncture will reduce cravings from 20 plus a day to only 1-3 a day.
Set up boundaries.  Avoid the social activity that is associated with your habit. It is only temporary, until you get rid of your smoking life.
Drink plenty of water.  Research has shown that dryness causes cravings.  In addition, you need to flush that harmful nicotine out of your system.
Refrain from coffee and sweets. Research has shown that these increase dehydration and produce cravings.
Do some deep breathing. It will decrease your tension and help remove the toxins from your lungs.
Get some exercise.  It will improve your lung volume and circulation. It will also remove the nicotine toxins. Go for that walk! Park your car further away.
Time is important.  If you make the first 24 hours smoke free, you have a 90% chance of remaining smoke free.
Have a hate list.  I hate feeling terrible. I hate the idea of dying from cancer or a heart attack. I hate having smelly clothes and bad breath.  I would hate not seeing my children grow up.  I hate throwing all that money away on cigarettes each year.
Don’t wait, call us today for a FREE Initial Personal Evaluation. During the month of November we will take 50% OFF the quit smoking package. Find out more by calling us with your questions. We look forward to meeting you and helping you begin a smoke free healthier life.

 

Be Well… Live Happy.

Opus Acupuncture ~ 401-397-6333

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