Rising Cigarette Prices May Be Incentive to Quit
The current rise in the Illinois cigarette tax is a model of how cigarette price increases can make smoking people to quit.
For example, smokers in Chicago may spend $300 a month, which is twofold more expensive than a monthly prescription of medicaments that can help a person in smoking cessation.
Dr. Phillip McAndrew, an internal medicine physician and occupational health expert at Loyola University Health System, said that even if the high prices of tobacco products convince smokers to give up smoking, it can be hard to kick the habit.
“Nicotine really can cause addictive. It’s a hard to quit smoking, but increasing the price of cigarettes by means of taxes leds individual smokers to the break point where the pain of smoking overdoes the delight of nicotine and they stop smoking,” McAndrew explained. “The break point could be a health experience that may change a person’s life, but often it’s the influence on the purse that obliges people really consider smoking cessation,” he noted.
McAndrew said that in order to give up smoking people need time and teamwork approach, but team is not people who will cheer you on, but your physician.
“Sometimes people can not manage with nicotine addiction alone. Those who want to quit need that team to help keep them on way when they want to take up smoking again,” he advised.
McAndrew suggested the following tips to help people stop smoking:
- Gather a support team that includes your family, doctor, friends and co-workers.
- Establish a particular date to give up smoking, but two or four weeks away in order to have time to prepare. When quit day comes, make sure to celebrate it.
- Make preparations to block the temptation of smoking while you try to give up. Ask advise at your doctor about medicaments and other ways that can help you kick the habit; when the wish to smoke appears you can chew a gum, carrot sticks or other snacks to keep your mouth busy; remove all cigarettes, matches, lighters and ashtrays from locations where you can smoke – your home, office, car; clean your clothes, home and car so they don’t smell like smoke; use “quit lines” programs.
- Find methods to manage stress and boredom, which can cause a return to smoking.
- Get used to do enjoyable things that are not associated with smoking, walk with friends, exercise. Such actions will help you break the mental connection between these activities and smoking.
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