City-based de-addiction centre encourages people to quit smoking

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Mar 10, 2015 20:16 IST

Mind Plus Retreat, a de-addiction centre organised an awareness session to motivate people to quit smoking during a function organised to mark 'No Smoking Day' on Tuesday. No Smoking Day is observed on March 11 every year.

Centre head Dr Kunal Kala suggested many ways to people by which they can quit smoking slowly and can live healthy life.

Dr Kala said, "We understand that the majority of smokers want to quit smoking, but many find the task too daunting. 'No Smoking Day' is the perfect opportunity to inspire smokers to quit smoking. With support, smokers are more likely to succeed in their attempt. That is why we are spreading the word. Quitting smoking offers immediate and long-term benefits."

Ways to quit smoking

List own reasons for quitting and build a support network around yourself

Set a date and stick to it

Seek tobacco-free environments to curb your temptations like movies, theatres, libraries and restaurants

Exercise, as it keeps you busy and makes you feel better

Take up some manual activities like gardening, needlework or a small book of puzzles or crosswords to keep yourself busy

Practice the 4Ds when you feel cravings:

Delay, craving will pass in 5 to 10 minutes

Drink water as it helps wash toxins from your body, keeps your hands and mouth busy

Distract yourself by doing something else

Deep breathing

Finally, there are a number of medicines including nicotine replacement therapy in the form of chewing gum or patches that can be helpful when taken as per doctor's advice.

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