We can talk all day about the incredible benefits of breathing properly and keeping your blood oxygenated and we can tell you about helpful breathing exercises until we’re blue in the face (pun intended), but this means nothing if you’re a smoker. Smoking tobacco is the leading method of destroying your lungs and body, and there is really no way to get around that fact unless you quit smoking.
It is hard to quit because nicotine is addictive and behaves as any other drug would. A smoker feels cravings when the body wants a dose, and it is set off by environmental triggers. Have you noticed that when you get in your car, the first thing you do is roll down window and light up, even though you just had a cigarette on the sidewalk?
There are many different methods to quit smoking and their success rates depend on the person. Some people can quit cold turkey, others like to work with counselors, and some friends make pacts to quit using nicotine gum, patches, etc. One of the most popular methods of quitting smoking is to pick up an e-cigarette.
Some estimate that almost 33 percent of e-cig users are former cigarette smokers. E-cigs can be loaded with tobacco oils that contain nicotine, so it’s more to wean smokers off of the hard tar and chemicals of a traditional cigarette. While this is a bit better, it is not a long term solution as you’re still harming your body. However, there is the vapor option, which allows users to puff on water vapor the way they would a cigarette, which is incredibly helpful to help former smokers break the puffing habit by just puffing on pure water vapor.
Withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking may include the following:
- Dizziness (which may last a day or two after quitting)
- Feelings of frustration, impatience, and anger
- Sleep disturbances, including having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and having bad dreams or even nightmares
- Trouble concentrating
- Restlessness or boredom
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Constipation and gas
- Cough, dry mouth, sore throat, and nasal drip
- Chest tightness
- Slower heart rate
But those are all temporary and the overall healthy, alter, and proud feeling you gain from quitting lasts a lifetime.