Most shisha smokers do believe that the harm inflicted to their bodies from smoking can never be undone even if they decide to clean up their act. As a result, they will end up even more addicted to the habit. But is it really too late for them to quit shisha smoking?
The health effects of shisha smoking can haunt a smoker for a lifetime. But once a smoker decides to adopt a clean healthy living, from that point on, the body begins to repair. So whether you’re young or old and have been smoking shisha for a very long time, it’s never too late to quit.
Health benefits from quitting shisha smoking.
Although it is hard to undo the damage done in one’s health, quitting will substantially lower the risk of lung cancer and other cancers, heart attack and other smoking-related diseases. It may not cure all the damages done in your health, but for sure you will experience a number of health benefits.
Short-term benefits. Medical experts have learned that when a smoker quits, the blood vessels and coronary tissue respond almost immediately. In fact, within the day you quit smoking shisha, the carbon monoxide levels in your blood will start to decline, the blood circulation will improve, and heart rate and blood pressure will decrease.
After several weeks of not smoking shisha, you will also experience an improved sense of smell and taste, easier breathing, increased lung capacity, nerve endings begin regrowing, the immune system improves and you get to have more energy.
Long-term benefits. The benefits of quitting shisha will continue to improve your health and quality of life long after you started to quit. These benefits may not be as apparent as the benefits you experience during the first few weeks, but it will surely add years to your life.
The risks of lung cancer and other tobacco-related cancers such as cancer of the mouth, esophagus, larynx, bladder, and pancreas, will decrease as long as you continue to stay off with shisha smoking. Even risk of heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other diseases caused by shisha smoking will also decrease.
Get ready to quit.
Preparing yourself mentally and emotionally is necessary to avoid negative thoughts on how difficult quitting shisha smoking could be. Quitting alone is not easy, but preparing yourself will give you the opportunity to understand what your body will go through while on the process.
Gather information. Start to gather information on what to expect when you quit shisha smoking. Knowing what to expect will help you understand when the withdrawal symptoms are strongest, what to do to avoid smoking triggers, what are the effects of smoking shisha and what are the other methods to help you successfully quit shisha smoking. The more you will learn on the health risk of shisha smoking, the more you will be encourage to quit.
Make a plan. Once you are done gathering information, start to make a quit-smoking plan. Select a particular date to quit and include a list of reasons why you want to quit. You may post the list in the wall or in any place where you can easily see it. This way you will always be reminded why you want to quit. It is also helpful to write down the things you will do in case there’s an urge to go back to smoking shisha including the activities you plan to do to keep you away from shisha smoking.
Get support. One of the things that will help you the most into adopting a healthy habit is the support from your family and friends. Let them know how much you wanted to quit shisha smoking and tell them the kind of support you want from them. You may also join quit-smoking online forums, where you will meet different kinds of smokers and ex-smokers around the world. Additional support through counseling is also advisable.
Visit your doctor. Taking part in your care helps you feel more in control of your health. Visit your doctor right away and inform him or her that you want to quit shisha smoking. Your doctor can give you advice on what to do when withdrawal symptoms occur and what to be aware of. You can also ask from your doctor on the different methods of quitting smoking. There are a few alternatives including some smoking cessation medications. Your doctor knows what is best for you.
If you want to improve your health, you need to be committed for some changes in your lifestyle. A one positive change will most likely lead to another. But it will only happen if you are committed. Your commitment to fully quit shisha smoking, will make it easier for you not to fail.
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