People are more knowledgeable about their health than ever before, advancements in technology have provided us with numerous benefits, from online medical consultations to early diagnosis and the best service possible, yet smoking is still the world’s biggest cause of death, killing more than 8 million people each year. This means that every fifth adult person (20%) in the world smokes tobacco, with Pacific islands and two Balkan countries topping the list with around 43% of its population being active smokers. Especially alarming is the fact that even non-smokers are not safe. Modern patient care reports say that around 1.2 million people each year die as a result of being exposed to second-hand smoke.
No break-up is easy
In the Netherlands, the percentage of smokers has been in a steady decline for years, even though over 25% of the population still smoke every day. Unfortunately, not even the best doctor in Amsterdam, nor scary statistics like the ones comparing nicotine to heroin will motivate you to stop if you don’t decide on your own. However, even though it needs to start from you, there are now many highly qualified modern family practices that can schedule a doctor consultation in no time and provide you with the best possible professional help in the process.
Regardless of all free information and data we are being exposed to every day, many people still don’t understand the direct consequences nicotine has on our health, causing lung cancer, heart disease and stroke, among many. If you’re lucky enough to find a good family doctor that will remind you of the dangers and offer support, you’re already halfway there. Here are some of the specific steps you can take on your path to a nicotine-free life.
Even if you failed, don’t give up
Just like with any addiction, quitting smoking is probably one of the most difficult things one can go through. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s not worth trying. In fact, many primary care physicians note that it takes six attempts for an average person to succeed in leaving the habit. But if you do decide that you want to stop, here are some of the things you might consider: if finding a general practice nearby and asking for help of professionals, in the beginning, is not your cup of tea, you can always consider alternatives like nicotine patches, nicotine gum or smoking-withdrawal medications, that have proven to be very effective.
If in crisis, make an online medical consultation
In addition, modern patient care always recommends a more in-depth approach. For some, this might be support groups that your primary care doctor can suggest. If you’ve already decided or you’re already in the process, some of the tips that will help distract you from thinking about cigarettes are finding an activity that will keep you occupied – start exercising, do the dishes, call a friend, take a walk and focus on your reasons for quitting. It is especially important to remind yourself about all the advice your primary care doctor would give you. Finally, always reward yourself, reinforce your victories to keep yourself motivated and don’t be afraid to ask for help.