What Happens When You Smoke

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Session 4 What To Expect:

C larke & Company Benefits LLC Session 4 What To Expect

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6 Before You Quit Outline 3 What Happens When You Quit? 1 Last Week’s Assignment 4 What Should You Expect When Quitting? 5 Cigarette Triggers 2 What Happens When You Smoke? 7 Next Week’s Assignment

Last Week’s Assignment:

Last Week’s Assignment 1

Last Week’s Assignment:

List of High Risk Trigger Spots. Did you recognize any trends? What did your family and friends say about the spots? What type of support group or resource did you find? Share this with the group. Last Week’s Assignment

What Happens When You Smoke:

2 What Happens When You Smoke Physically

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A mix of gases is released around your eyes, nose, and throat. This happens within the first few seconds. Your eyes may water, your nose might run and your throat will most likely become irritated. Tiny hairs called cilia work to clean your bronchial tubes and lungs of nasty foreign matter. They’re the street sweepers of the body. What Happens When You Smoke?

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What Happens When You Smoke? Deep inside the lungs, cigarette smoke damages the floating scavenger cells that work to remove foreign particles from the lungs’ tiny air sacs, called alveoli.

What Happens When You Smoke?:

A lot of what you inhale turns to tar. This tar isn’t unlike what you might use to pave a road or shingle a house. Only about 30% of cigarette tar is sent back into the air through exhalation – the rest sticks to your throat and lungs like saltwater taffy. What Happens When You Smoke?

What Happens When You Smoke?:

The chemicals in cigarette smoke are pretty much immediately absorbed into your bloodstream. From here they go straight to your heart and from there, everywhere else in your body. Your heart begins to beat faster as soon as you light up, as much as 10 to 25 beats per minute. That adds up to 36,000 extra beats per day. What Happens When You Smoke?

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What Happens When You Smoke? Another thing that happens when you smoke is that your blood pressure rises by about 10 to 15 percent. High blood pressure means you have an increased risk of heat attack and stroke. Smoking not only affects the pressure, but it also damages the blood itself.

What Happens When You Quit & What Should You Expect?:

3 What Happens When You Quit & What Should You Expect? Withdrawal

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Possible Withdrawal Symptoms Cravings for a Cigarette are frequent and intense within the first two to three days after stopping. The cravings become less frequent over the next four or five days, but they may increase again and persist for many weeks. Most former smokers – even those who have been free for many years – still report an occasional urge for a cigarette.

Deep breathing and immediate activity will help distract you from your craving. The worst of the cravings usually end within a couple of weeks after breaking free. You know you’re in good shape when you no longer think of cigarettes all the time. :

Possible Withdrawal Symptoms Deep breathing and immediate activity will help distract you from your craving. The worst of the cravings usually end within a couple of weeks after breaking free. You know you’re in good shape when you no longer think of cigarettes all the time.

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Coughing: As your lungs get rid of the built up toxins, you may cough up blackish mucus. This only lasts for a few days. Sleeplessness: Your body should gain more energy now that you have quit smoking. However, if you are feeling sleepless, use your new energy to exercise and go to bed a little later when you feel more tired. Mouth Sores: Chemical changes from quitting may cause blisters, sores, and inflammation. They will subside within a few days. Possible Withdrawal Symptoms ….. …..

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Possible Withdrawal Symptoms. Constipation – Chemical changes may cause discomfort for a few days, but this will only last for 3 to 4 days. Occasional Dizziness – Your body is receiving more oxygen than what it is used to, and this may cause dizzy spells that last a few seconds and may recur for 4 to 5 days.

Possible Withdrawal Symptoms:

Possible Withdrawal Symptoms Tightness in the Chest: As your body adjusts to increased oxygen, you may experience chest pain for 3 to 4 days. Irritability: This is a response to your body’s loss of nicotine. Try breathing and exercising to relieve symptoms. Lack of Concentration: The combination of withdrawal symptoms can make it difficult to concentrate. As you develop new habits, your concentration will improve.

Cigarette Triggers:

Cigarette Triggers 4

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Feeling stressed or down Talking on the phone Drinking alcohol Watching T.V. Driving Finishing a meal Playing cards Taking a break Spending time around other smokers Drinking coffee Witnessing someone else smoke Cooling off after a fight or winding down after sex Common Cigarette Triggers ….. …..

Track Your Cigarettes:

Track Your Cigarettes Learn your triggers so you can learn to avoid them. Slowly start to separate your cigarettes from your triggers. Start a journal if you don’t know how to track your cigarette use.

Before You Quit:

5 Before You Quit Be prepared

Before You Quit:

Have your nicotine replacements or other quit smoking medications ready. And remember, some of the non-nicotine medications require you to start taking them up to two weeks before your quit smoking date. Consult your doctor about when to start taking the nicotine replacement. Before You Quit

Keep a water bottle around that you can refill. It makes getting a cleansing drink easier. It’ll also help keep your stomach full. An empty stomach can sometimes set off cravings. We recommend you carry a bottle of water with you for most of the first week after you’ve quit smoking. :

Before You Quit Keep a water bottle around that you can refill. It makes getting a cleansing drink easier. It’ll also help keep your stomach full. An empty stomach can sometimes set off cravings. We recommend you carry a bottle of water with you for most of the first week after you’ve quit smoking.

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Before You Quit Buy things you can chew on: carrot sticks, celery, toothpicks, cinnamon sticks, sugarless candy, sugarless gum. Stock the fridge with healthy snacks and sprinkle the candy throughout your house, in the car, and at work. Keep it all as handy as you did your cigarettes – right in your pocket is best. Get something for your hands to do. Get a squeeze toy or handball.

Before You Quit:

Before You Quit Make a list of your “Reasons I Want To Quit Smoking.” Post copies of it around your house, car, and workplace. Do one last double-check to ensure that you haven’t overlooked a spare pack of cigarettes in the glove compartment or the pocket of an old coat.

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Be aware of and control the following factors to prevent slip-ups. H UNGRY A NGRY L ONELY T IRED H.A.L.T. ….. …..

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Make a conscious decision to record your goal and put it in a place where you will see it regularly. Consider typing up your goal and placing it on the bathroom mirror, on the refrigerator or at your desk at work. This will remind you that you’re working toward something and give you a reminder of continued motivation. Set Your Goals

Tell Others About Your Goals:

Don’t keep your goal a secret. Announcing your goal to family, friends, and co-workers will help keep you accountable. Consider setting up an appointment with your physician to let them know about your health goal. You are much more likely to keep working toward your goal if others know about it. Tell Others About Your Goals

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Measure Your Progress Measuring your progress can help you know when you are making steps forward, and more importantly, when you’ve achieved your goal. Make sure you are writing your progress down. Consider joining an online progress community, where you log in and connect with others who are quitting as well Livestrong MyQuit Coach

Reward Yourself:

Choose a reward that helps your smoking cessation goals: Time to yourself A new outfit Get your car cleaned Get your teeth whitened Reward Yourself

Assignment for Next Week:

Assignment for Next Week Write down the reasons you have decided to quit smoking. Put those reasons in your car, in your bathroom, on your fridge, and somewhere at work. Bring this list with you next week.

We will be talking about different strategies for living life without smoking and how to stay smoke-free. :

We will be talking about different strategies for living life without smoking and how to stay smoke-free. Next Group Session