Last week the Alberta NDP government decided to up the tax AGAIN for smokers.
Now, if you’re a smoker in Alberta, you will be paying five dollars more per carton, or about 2.5 cents per cigarette – based on a 10-pack carton.
So, unless you have money to burn, or in this case “light-up” or you just like donating money to the government, now is as good of time as any to quit.
Here are our five tips to get you through quitting smoking
1- Nicotine Replacements
Nicotine is a very addictive drug that can be difficult to give up right away because it both stimulates the body and calms people’s sensations for the drug. Replacing cigarettes with one of the several options on the market – gum, patch, lozenge, nasal spay and inhaler – will help your body get its “fix” while you receive the drug in a less harmful way.
2– Hang Out With Non-Smokers
The funny thing about people who smoke, is they generally do it around people that smoke. It almost serves as kind of social experience for smokers to share a common bond of polluting their lungs. The other interesting thing, people that don’t smoke generally don’t hang around with people who smoke. Start hanging out with non-smokers and you’ll have less of an urge to smoke.
3- Stay Away From Triggers
Very few people, “just go for a smoke”. There are often other things involved before a person lights up. At work, they might have a coffee before lighting up. When they’re out with friends for a drink, maybe they’ll go for a smoke after every drink. And maybe, a person might light up just before they head off to bed. No one is saying quit all those things all together, especially the going to bed one, but be aware of what you associate with having a smoke so that you can push through the craving.
4- Stock Up On Healthy Treats
One trick to quitting smoking is to always keep your mouth busy with something. For some people that means having lots of gum or mints around, but for others that means always snacking on sugary treats. If you’re the type of person to supplement smoking with candy or junk food, do yourself a favour and find a healthy treat to snack on instead. Options we recommend are nuts, fruit and vegetables.
5- Talk To a Certified Respiratory Educator
A certified respiratory educator is an expert in how your lungs work. Because they are experts, they can clearly explain and show you through tests the impact smoking is having on your lungs. Once you know where your lungs are, they can help you build a custom, “Stop smoking” plan. As you progress through the plan the tests you originally did will improve, serving as motivation to not smoke again.
Give up smoking, here’s what happens
If you’d like help to quit smoking and get a better idea of the impact smoking has had on your lungs, talk to your doctor today about getting a referral to see one of Peak’s respirologists, call 1-855-738-7325 and visit www.peakpulmonary.com to learn more.