Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?
Did you know?
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), can DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES of successfully quitting smoking versus willpower alone. What’s more – if you stay smoke-free for your first week of quitting, you’re 9x more likely to quit for good. We can help you get through that crucial first week. The health benefits of stopping smoking begin within the very first hour of quitting. You become healthier throughout the following days and weeks. By quitting, you regain lung capacity and decrease your chances of a heart attack or stroke, which means it’s never too late to stop smoking.
Myths about Quitting Smoking:
Myth 1: You’ll Gain Weight
There’s some truth to the common fear – if you stop smoking, you’ll gain weight. However, it’s nicotine that speeds up your metabolism and helps suppress your appetite. You may be tempted to eat more when you quit for two reasons:
- You miss the hand-to-mouth action of smoking.
- You confuse cigarette cravings with hunger pangs.
Myth 2: Smoking Relieves Stress
Smoking actually increases anxiety and tension because it elevates your heart rate. It’s the action of smoking that relieves stress because most smokers are tense until their next cigarette.
Myth 3: Willpower is the Best Way to Quit
In fact, people who try quitting cold turkey have less chance of stopping smoking for good compared to people who use Nicotine Replacement. Quitting cold turkey can be especially hard because you’re dealing with the physical withdrawal symptoms at the same time as you’re kicking the habit.
Myth 4: NRT is More Expensive Than Smoking
Lots of smokers are unaware of how much their smoking habit costs. The figures can be shocking when you add up how much you spend over a decade. Yes, NRT costs money, but it’s very unlikely that it’s as expensive as smoking. Certain NRT products may cost more per packet than cigarettes, but in the long run they’ll add up to far less. The costs of NRT only apply in the short term, because it’s designed to help you wean off nicotine. Just think of what you can do with the money you save in the long run.
ASYR has partnered with CAMH to bring Nicotine Replacement Therapy to our clients. We are here to help you break-free from smoking by giving you the information and inspiration you need. For more information, please call 905-841-7007 ext. 334.
Adapted from: Nicorette.ca
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