How to Quit Smoking and Prevent Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is a disease that seems to affect men more than women. The main trouble is that it is often not found until it’s too late. Many men ignore their symptoms and hope they will go away on their own; if they are caused by lung cancer there is no likelihood of this. Once diagnosed, at least half the men have little more than a year to live. That is the best reason of all to take care of your health.
Most lung cancer is caused by smoking, and the earlier you start the more likely you are to develop it. Years ago, many boys started smoking while they were still in primary school; many died of lung cancer in their sixties or earlier. Smoking can also cause that most insidious disease emphysema, as well as other problems.
The good news is that much of the damage caused by smoking is reversible. If you stop smoking, your body can heal itself – up to a point. Of course, if you have already developed cancer or any other disease this is not possible. With emphysema, the progress of the disease may be slowed down once you stop smoking, but it cannot be cured.
The only way to prevent lung cancer from smoking is to stop smoking. This may be a challenging task, but it is certainly preferable than dying of lung cancer. The thing is that you have to be truly serious about it. If you think you want to stop smoking, but still consider it cool to smoke, or think of those cigarettes as the friends that help you through tough times, then you are certainly likely to fail in your attempts to quit.
For most people, the struggle to quit smoking is mental and emotional as well as a physical one. It is difficult to go it alone; but if you can quit with another person, or get the support of family and friends then you will have more chance of success. You have to perceive cigarettes as the enemy who will do you in if you let them.
A good way to get started is to go on a trip such as a camping trip, where there are no shops and don’t take any smokes with you. Stay there for at least a fortnight. Another way is to keep yourself busy with other enjoyable activities. You have to remove all signs of smoking in your home; throw out ashtrays and get rid of the smell of smoke in your home. Wash the curtains and wipe over the furniture to ensure there is no smoke smell left.
Seek professional help to aid you in your fight to give up smoking. Your doctor will advise you on how to go about it.