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Let it not be a new year res-illusion, but a revolution!

Smoking is a major risk factor of cardiovascular disease. According to a survey which was conducted by Dubai Health Authority (DHA), 1 in 5 men who live in Dubai are smokers.

Tips to quit smoking ahead of the new year

The start of a new year is a time when a lot of smokers make serious resolutions to give up smoking. About one in 20 former smokers say a new year's resolution was associated with successful cessation.

Many smokers understand that their addiction to cigarettes is often what makes it difficult to quit. You can create a quit plan that works for you—for your habits, your lifestyle, and your needs. Below are a few tips to help you succeed at your goal of living smoke-free:

 

1.
Recognize your smoking patterns

Write down the times and locations in which you smoke most often. Then, plan alternative routes and activities to help you combat those routine urges.

2.
Create a game plan

Once you identify your smoking routines and triggers to smoke, you can create a plan to deal with these moments.

3.
Set a quit date

Write down the date of when you are planning to quit smoking, and stick to it!
This puts you in charge of deciding when you want to be living entirely smoke-free.

4.
Count your money

How many packs of cigarettes do you smoke in a month? A year? Write down what you’ll be saving by not buying cigarettes and plan for how you will spend that money. Given the recent hikes in the cost of cigarettes in the UAE, this will give you an additional incentive on those hard days.

 

References

Shields, M and Wilkins, K., (2013). Smoking, smoking cessation and heart disease risk: A 16- year follow-up study. Component of Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-003-X Health Reports Akter S, et al., Smoking and the risk of type 2 diabetes in Japan: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Epidemiology (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.je.2016.12.017 Peters, S. et al, (2013). Smoking as a Risk Factor for Stroke in Women Compared With Men: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 81 Cohorts, Including 3980359 Individuals and 42401 Strokes. Stroke, 2013;44:2821-2828.) World Health Organization, (2012). Country Cooperation Strategy for WHO and the United Arab Emirates 2012–2017. Walsh, R and Paul, C., (2002). New Year quit smoking resolutions. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 26(2). American Lung Association, (2009). Freedom from smoking: the guide to help you quit smoking.

1.

Recognize your smoking patterns

Write down the times and locations in which you smoke most often. Then, plan alternative routes and activities to help you combat those routine urges.

2.

Create a game plan

Once you identify your smoking routines and triggers to smoke, you can create a plan to deal with these moments.

3.

Set a quit date

Write down the date of when you are planning to quit smoking, and stick to it!
This puts you in charge of deciding when you want to be living entirely smoke-free.

4.

Count your money

How many packs of cigarettes do you smoke in a month? A year? Write down what you’ll be saving by not buying cigarettes and plan for how you will spend that money. Given the recent hikes in the cost of cigarettes in the UAE, this will give you an additional incentive on those hard days.

 

References

Shields, M and Wilkins, K., (2013). Smoking, smoking cessation and heart disease risk: A 16- year follow-up study. Component of Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 82-003-X Health Reports Akter S, et al., Smoking and the risk of type 2 diabetes in Japan: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Journal of Epidemiology (2017), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.je.2016.12.017 Peters, S. et al, (2013). Smoking as a Risk Factor for Stroke in Women Compared With Men: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of 81 Cohorts, Including 3980359 Individuals and 42401 Strokes. Stroke, 2013;44:2821-2828.) World Health Organization, (2012). Country Cooperation Strategy for WHO and the United Arab Emirates 2012–2017. Walsh, R and Paul, C., (2002). New Year quit smoking resolutions. AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 26(2). American Lung Association, (2009). Freedom from smoking: the guide to help you quit smoking.

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