Fertile future, from smoker to parent: A guide to quit smoking on your own
It is a known fact that smoke from smoking contains nicotine, a highly addictive substance, as well as a range of harmful chemicals and substances, including tar, carbon monoxide, and heavy metals.
And smoking is a leading cause of preventable deaths worldwide, contributing to a range of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory problems, and more.
But, do you know that it is also a major cause of second-hand smoke, which can harm the health of non-smokers who are exposed to it?
Smoking also has a significant impact on fertility for both men and women.
For men, smoking can lower sperm count and decrease the quality of sperm, which can make it more difficult for a couple to conceive. Smoking can also cause DNA damage to sperm, increasing the risk of birth defects and miscarriage. In addition, smoking can impair erectile function, reducing sexual performance and sexual satisfaction.
For women, smoking can have a negative effect on fertility by altering the menstrual cycle, reducing the number of eggs available for fertilization, and decreasing the chances of success with fertility treatments. Smoking also increases the risk of miscarriage and preterm birth, which can have long-term effects on the health of both the mother and the baby.
In addition, smoking during pregnancy has been linked to a range of health problems for the developing fetus, including low birth weight, premature birth, and birth defects. Children born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are also at an increased risk of developing respiratory problems, ear infections, and other health problems.
Surprisingly, despite the known dangers of smoking, it remains a widespread practice, with millions of people continuing to smoke worldwide.
Efforts to reduce smoking rates have included increased taxes on tobacco products, restrictions on advertising and marketing, and the introduction of smoking cessation programs and resources.
Quitting smoking is a challenging process, but it is possible and can greatly improve one’s health and quality of life. This can be done with the help of nicotine replacement therapy, support from friends and family, and various other methods and resources.
However, quitting smoking can be expensive, as the cost of nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum or patches, can add up over time. But, you can always choose to quit on your own.
Here are some steps you can follow to help you quit:
Set a quit date – Choose a date in the near future when you will stop smoking and stick to it.
Create a plan – Decide on how you will manage cravings and triggers, such as exercise, deep breathing, or chewing gum. You may also want to consider nicotine replacement therapy, such as gum or patches, to help manage withdrawal symptoms.
Remove triggers – Get rid of anything that may trigger a craving, such as ashtrays, lighters, and smoking-related items. Avoid places and situations where you normally smoke.
Seek support – Let your friends and family know about your decision to quit and ask for their support. You may also want to join a support group or talk to a counselor or coach to help you stay motivated.
Stay active – Exercise and physical activity can help you manage cravings and distract you from the urge to smoke.
Reward yourself – Set goals and reward yourself when you reach them, such as buying a new outfit or taking a trip.
Stay positive – Remember that quitting smoking is a journey and there will be setbacks along the way. Stay positive and remind yourself of the benefits of quitting, such as improved health and increased energy.
Remember that quitting smoking is a process and it may take several attempts to successfully quit. Don’t be discouraged if you slip up, just try again. The important thing is to keep trying and to stay committed to your goal.