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Smoking on the road - It is time to give it up!

  • Aug 06, 2017
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Quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do. It takes constant commitment, 24 hours a day, perseverance, and agreat attitude. But it will also be the best thing you’ll ever do for your health. Smoking doubles your risk of getting heart disease, increases your risk of getting lung cancer, and can triple your risk of a stroke. It damages nearly every organ of your body. But the good news is that as soon as you stub your last cigarette out, your body will start healing itself.

 

First, the hard part: quitting. Quitting can be especially hard for truckers, who rely on the nicotine to stay awake and remain focused. Without people around you with constant support, the strain can make things even more difficult. But hundreds of truckers quit every year.

Here are some tips on quitting:

  1. Make a list of all the reasons why you want to quit. Fold it up and keep it with you at all times. Every time you feel the urge, pull out your list and read each item carefully.
  2. Substitute snacks for cigarettes. Fresh fruit, carrots, granola bars, and nuts can be healthy sources of nutrition that will help your body heal and keep your fingers busy doing something else.
  3. Skip the patch. It doesn’t make too much sense to quit smoking using the very substance you are trying to stop using. The patch doesn’t have a very high success rate. Only 8% of people stopped smoking for 24 weeks or more after using the patch.
  4. Avoid alcohol. Alcohol is a strong trigger for nicotine and can often make the urge to smoke unbearable. Coffee can also trigger cravings. Try hot tea and drink plenty of fresh water instead.
  5. Toss out every single cigarette in the house, along with ashtrays.
  6. Try not to slip up. Quitting experts say it’s ok, but it can seriously damage your motivation and lead to a complete relapse. But if you do slip up and have one, don’t beat yourself up over it. Stub it out and start over.
  7. Take baby steps. Don’t think about a year from now. Think about tonight. And tomorrow morning. Take it slow. Focus on your small victories.
  8. Reward yourself.  A good movie, a book, a new shirt that doesn’t smell like smoke. Treat yourself to something for all your hard work.
  9. Put away all the money you save in a jar. Each time you know you would have been buying a pack, put that money aside. As the money piles up, you’ll realize how hard the habit was on your wallet.

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