Smoking tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death for public health as 7 million people worldwide die every year from tobacco smoke, 6 million+ from 1st hand smoking and 890,000 from 2nd hand smoke.80% of the 1.1 billion smokers in the world are from middle- & low-income countries. Half of the smokers will suffer premature death from smoking. Every cigarette shortens life by 5 min.Smokers need help to quit. The Five-day Plan (FDP) to stop smoking has been conducted worldwide for over 50 years.

In over a period of 12 years, I have conducted 24 smoking cessation programs based on the FDP with over 500 participants at Pacific Health Education Center, Bakersfield, California. Our success rate after 1 year was 25%. My fellow-speaker, Dr. Marshall Hollingsead said, “Tobacco hurts every cell in the body.”

Smokers can stop smoking by preparing to quit smoking, learn the 6 ways to cope with cravings and the group support of an FDP will help double the chance of success.

The 1st step—teach smokers to prepare to quit by making a firm decision, saying 200 times/day: “I have decided to stop smoking.”

 


Written for Asian Society of Lifestyle Medicine (ASLM).
For more info: www.aslm.asia
Sources:
A randomized trial assessing the Five-Day Plan for smoking cessation
Authors: Raymond Romand
Tobacco users need help to quit
Studies show that few people understand the specific health risks of tobacco use. For example, a 2009 survey in China revealed that only 38% of smokers knew that smoking causes coronary heart disease and only 27% knew that it causes sa troke.
Among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, most want to quit. CCounselingand medication can more than double the chance that a smoker who tries to quit will succeed.
National comprehensive cessation services with full or partial cost-coverage are available to assist tobacco users to quit in only 26 countries, representing 33% of the world’s population.

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