10 Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

Many studies have shown that people who smoke are more likely to develop Crohn’s Disease, and research suggests that smoking increases the severity of the disease. So if you are a smoker and live with IBD, you might want to consider quitting. Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health, but it's not easy to do. In fact, it's probably one of the most difficult habits to break, which is why we've put together this list of tips based on information from WebMD, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society. Get started and begin the rest of your life as a non-smoker. Pick a Day Pick a day in the not-too-distant future to be the day you quit smoking. Decide if it's better to begin your quitting journey on a weekday or on the weekend, ensure it doesn't clash with any social events or stressful occasions where you may be tempted to smoke. The Day Before Tell people that tomorrow is the day you stop smoking. Most people will be supportive of your decision (even other smokers) and will help you through the first few days. Go shopping and buy healthy food like fruits and nuts to snack on, buy chewing gum and if you want, nicotine replacement products such as patches or gum. The Night Before The night before your quitting day, smoke your last cigarette and cut up any remaining cigarettes and throw them away. If you have loose tobacco, soak it in water and then throw it away. Also, throw away all ashtrays, cigarette papers, lighters, and matches. Remove the trash from your house and go to bed. Discover 14 invisible illness you may not have heard of.  The First Week Avoid smoking triggers such as after-work drinks with colleagues or the first cup of coffee in the morning. If you usually
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