Tips for healthy life free of cigarette

As January rolls on, a significant proportion of the population will make belated resolutions to finally quit smoking. The party season is over, and there’s no longer an excuse to drink a week’s allowance of alcohol in one day, while merrily puffing your way through a 20-pack. A cheeky drag outside a party doesn’t exactly fit in with the yoga and nutribullet smoothies lifestyle you’ve sworn to follow this January either.

But quitting smoking is one of the most easily broken resolutions – it only takes a stressful day at work (or the thought of going back to work at all) to feel the need for a nicotine fix. So if you really want to pack in the smokes, what’s the best way to go about it?  Here is everything you need to know about the numbers, no-nos and reality of breathing clean this year.

In Great Britain 22% of adult men and 17% of adult women are smokers

The highest number of smokers is in the 25-34 age group (25%); the lowest is among those aged 60 and over (11%).

The scary stats are that half of all smokers are eventually killed by their addiction from smoking-related causes. Not to mention that smoking is the cause of over one third of respiratory deaths, over one quarter of cancer deaths, and about one-seventh of cardiovascular disease deaths.

Plus, having a drink with a cigarette increases your chance of getting mouth cancer by 38 times. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it.

The science

People enjoy smoking because of two things: the physical addiction and the psychological habit. While smokers get hooked on the temporary high caused by nicotine in the bloodstream, the habit also becomes part of a daily ritual – a crutch to return to when stressed or in social situations – and an automatic response when taking a break from work.

The best ways to quit

Going cold turkey may suit some, but the shock of withdrawal for others makes them more likely to reach for a cigarette sooner. The best thing to do is make a plan that addresses the short-term challenges of quitting smoking as well as preventing relapse later on.