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How can I reduce my risks?

 

  • If you do smoke, try to quit. It can be hard and may take more than one try, but don’t be discouraged – it’s worth the effort. Think about why you want to quit. Talk to you doctor or call a quit line to get help.

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  • If you don’t smoke now, don’t start! Think about your reasons for not smoking, and plan how to say “no.”
  • Many communities have rules against smoking in public places. Try to choose smoke free places when you go out with family and friends.
  • Second-hand smoke is harmful too. Talk to your family about not allowing smoking in your home. The harmful chemicals from tobacco stay around long after the smoke is gone.
  • If you drive, don’t allow smoking in your car. If you are traveling with someone who smokes, pull over for him or her to have a smoke break outside the car.

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2 Responses to "How can I reduce my risks?"

  1. Jacki says:

    For those of us who are not ready to quit smoking, we can take a few steps to live as healthy a lifstyle as otherwise possible. (this was written primarily for women, but much could also apply to men).

    – Eat a variety of healthy foods every day. Include high fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and lentils.

    – Drink at least 8 glasses of water daily. Water helps to flush toxins out of your body and to keep your organs and skin hydrated. This may help with some of the dehydrating effects of cigarettes.

    – Limit your use of alcohol and caffeine.

    – Schedule regular visits with you health care provider, and have an annual Pap test.

    – Learn about how to care for your breasts throughout your lifetime.

    – If you are over 35, learn what you can do to ease perimenopausal and menopausal discomforts.

    – Practice relaxation exercises – deep breathing, yoga, and meditation are some of the ways that women find to slow down, take a break and relieve stress.

    – Exercise regularly. See your doctor for an overall health assessment prior to starting a new exercise program. Be aware that smoking does decrease the functioning of your lungs so you will need to start slowly.

    – Increase your intake of Vitamin C as smoking depletes your body of this important vitamin.

    – Reduce the number of cigarettes you smoke.

    – Smoke lighter cigarettes, but only if you are comfortable with them. If you’re not, you will wind up smoking more, and inhaling more deeply, to keep your body supplied with nicotine.

    – Be comfortable with the length of the cigarettes that you smoke. If your cigarette is too short for you, you’re more likely to smoke a second cigarette immediately after the first cigarette. And if your cigarette is too long, you may very likely be smoking more than necessary to be satisfied.

    – Consider smoking all-natural smoke cigarettes, but only if you enjoy them. All-natural cigarettes lack the additives and preservatives that are found in most cigarette brands, which often are in themselves very addictive, making non-natural brands more addictive than their all-natural counterparts. But if you switch to all-natural cigarettes, please know in advance that you have withdrawal symptoms for about a weekk, just as if you were to quit smoking, but not nearly as intense. This is because zour body is screaming for the other chemicals that were in your old cigarette brand.

    – If you smoke menthol cigarettes, consider switching to regulars. Women who smoke menthols inhale more deeply with each drag. Consequently, they take in more nicotine and toxins than smokers who smoke regulars. Menthol stimulates cold receptors in the throat, producing a cooling sensation, so smokers find the smoke less irritating as they inhale. Which leads them to inhale more deeply.

  2. Dash says:

    Well I guess I don’t have to spend the wekened figuring this one out!

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