Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and is considered a risk factor for many diseases.
“I think the reasons for quitting are primarily to avoid adverse health effects, live longer and live better,” says Dr. J. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center.
The addictive nature of smoking can be attributed to nicotine, a substance that alternates between stimulants and depressants. Dr. Hays says that reducing cravings requires a combination of behavioral and pharmacological treatments.
“It’s generally the same for all addictions, that we want to change people’s way of thinking and behavior around the use of the substance,” says dr. Hi.
Avoiding triggers, trying exercise and relaxation techniques, and leaning on a support system are just a few tips to keep in mind when quitting. The results can reduce stress and improve overall health.
“Even though people use smoking as a stress reliever, it probably creates more stress,” says Dr. Hi. “We know that people who quit experience a significant reduction in psychological distress.”
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