Many young men view smoking as a style statement, but it often leads to a harmful habit that deteriorates their health. Men with busy schedules and daily stress often seek relaxation in smoking. While we understand the need for relaxation, it's vital to realize the importance of quitting smoking for a healthier lifestyle. The tips below can assist you in your journey to quit smoking.
The popularity of smoking was driven by advertising campaigns from cigarette brands, portraying smoking men as affluent, stylish, and cooler. This implied that non-smokers were somehow lesser. This led many men into a lifestyle drenched in harmful 'tar'.
Our society equated a macho image with smoking, a perception that seeped into our movies. It has become common to see male protagonists, our 'heroes', smoking, further influencing the youth and men alike. Globally, 35% of men smoke tobacco, compared to 6% of women. However, contrary to the image of these 'heroes', men who smoke often end up with an unhealthy lifestyle, increasing the risk of cancer and other health issues. To lead a long and healthy life, quitting smoking is essential.
The truth is that once a man gets addicted to smoking, quitting is challenging. Many men have failed several times before successfully quitting. We understand that quitting this habit is difficult but not impossible. To assist you in quitting smoking, here are some helpful tips:
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
The tobacco you've been smoking contains nicotine, which makes you addicted to cigarettes or cigars. Quitting smoking doesn't mean you won't have cravings. Nicotine replacement therapy can help you manage these cravings. Options include nicotine gums, lozenges, and patches.
Avoid Tobacco Triggers
Identify situations where you used to smoke, such as while drinking alcohol or having coffee. These are tobacco triggers that you should avoid when trying to quit. If you used to smoke while having coffee, switch to tea for a while, or consider a different beverage. If smoking accompanies drinking, consider abstaining from alcohol temporarily.
Take a Break
One of the reasons men smoke is that nicotine helps them relax. Whether it's the stress of a big project or overtime work, smoking provides temporary relief. When trying to quit, you may still feel the need to smoke to unwind. Instead of lighting a cigarette, explore alternative ways to de-stress, such as exercising, listening to music, socializing with friends, or getting a massage at a spa.
While quitting smoking, avoid going on a diet to lose weight or achieve better health. This can jeopardize your smoking cessation plan. Instead, focus on a healthy diet that includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. These will benefit your body and support your effort to quit smoking.
Quitting smoking is undoubtedly challenging. The mere thought of giving it up can be daunting for someone addicted to it, and making the decision is no less difficult. However, it's crucial to break free from this harmful habit once and for all. When you quit smoking, you no longer need to worry about the various diseases associated with smoking.
Keynote: 35% of men smoke tobacco - Source: Our World in Data)
Written by: Deepti Dogra
Edited by: Aniket Joshi