By Janet Simons
This article is intended for informational use only. It is not provided by a medical professional and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.
How are you doing with that New Year’s resolution to stop smoking? If you haven’t succeeded yet, you can get lots of new motivation from the news.
Maybe you haven’t yet absorbed the significance of recent news published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The summary in Web MD revealed several major trends in smoker mortality:
•Woman smokers are just as likely as men to die of smoking-related diseases such as lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
•Smoking shaves about a decade off the average smoker’s lifespan.
•Smokers who quit before the age of 40 are likely to get that decade back.
•Lifelong non-smokers are twice as likely as smokers to live to the age of 80.
Dr. Oz’s eight-step Kick the Habit Challenge spreads its eight-step program over more than 181 days. The WebMD’s 13 Best Quit-Smoking Tips Ever starts with asking you to understand why you want to quit and ends with “Do it for your health,” noting that when you quit, you almost immediately lower your blood pressure, your pulse rate and the carbon monoxide level in your blood.
Step 2 for WebMD, “Try nicotine replacement therapy,” notes that these nicotine replacement products work most effectively when combined with behavioral therapy. Although the site mentions only lozenges, gum and patches, many users of e-cigarettes find that, because using them mimics the behavior of smoking, e-cigs are the most effective nicotine-replacement products for them.
As blogger Anthony Pappalardo noted in a review of e-cigs, “Electronic cigarettes address the shortcomings of patches, smokeless tobacco and gum: You can still hang out with smokers.”
If you want to give them a try, allow us to suggest these popular e-cig sites on ShopAtHome.com:
Now that you know what to do, what are you waiting for? You have nothing to lose and everything to gain – including better health and the most precious commodity of all – more time to spend with the people you love doing what you love to do most.