OneSmoking is a habit that is very hard to get rid off – mostly because it is easy to get back to. It does not matter that you managed to abstain from smoking for six long months – and you think you are over it – if you give in to the impulse when a friend offers you a puff, you are hooked right back. It just takes one cigarette to have you back in the habit.Is There An Easy Way To Quit Smoking That Is Permanent As Well? First of all, let us get a few facts straight. Quitting smoking is never permanent – unless you are dead. As long as you live, you would always be one cigarette away from going back to your addiction. This is a truth you need to keep firmly on the top of your mind. You can never give in to that offer for one puff.Secondly, there is no easy way to quit smoking. This process is long, painful and very demanding both on your patience and health. You need to be prepared for a fight – a good fight – to get rid of he habit and you would need all the support you can get for it. Finding the Easy Way to Quit Smoking Depends On The Support You GetThe process can be less stressful to you if you have the right support. Enlist the help of your family and close friends as well as professional counselors and medical practitioners. Without their help beating the habit would be not only difficult, but also very cumbersome. 1. Family’s role – they would watch out to prevent you giving in to the temptation to smoke “only once more before I quit”. They would also keep your spirits and motivation high. 2. Close friends – in the early stages it is very difficult to fight off the temptation to get back to smoking. You need your friends to know you are trying to quit so they would not smoke in front of you and warn others (in the office, at parties, etc) not to do so either so your chances to kick the habit stay high.3. Professional counselors – you need to internalize what the process involves and what are the things you should expect during your fight against the habit. Knowledge is power here – power to handle the crisis.4. Doctors – you might need medication; or the medication might have side effects. Have a doctor on your team for help and guidance.Combine all these and you get your easy way to quit smoking right at your finger tips.
As if the increased risks of lung disease, emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease weren't enough to dissuade people from smoking, now you can add potential bedroom problems to the list.
A new study in the British Journal of Urology International shows that men who stopped smoking had greater sexual arousal than men who still smoked.
"With younger men, the risks of smoking in that population appear more far off. They think, 'I don't really need to worry about this until much farther down the road,'" study researcher Christopher Harte, of the VA Boston Healthcare System, told Reuters. However, this study shows that there could be a more immediate effect from smoking.
For the study, researchers had 65 male smokers take part in an eight-week smoking cessation program that involved nicotine patches and counseling.
Researchers also tested the men's sexual arousal before the stop-smoking program, in the middle of the program and a few weeks after the program, the Daily Mail reported.
At the end of the study, 20 men had stopped smoking for at least a week, while 45 men were still smoking. However, the men who had quit for a week or longer became sexually aroused faster than the smokers, TIME reported.
However, these changes in arousal weren't seen until the stop-smokers had ceased using a nicotine patch, suggesting it's the nicotine in the cigarettes -- not the cigarette smoke or whatever else -- that affects the sexual arousal, TIME reported.
It also has yet to be seen if the effects actually carry into the bedroom, since "it might take longer for men to actually notice their level of difference subjectively outside of the lab, which is also dependent on their relationship with their sexual partner," Harte told Reuters.
Past studies have also shown a smoking-sex link. One study by the University of Hong Kong showed that quitting smoking was linked with fewer impotence problems, according to the Times of India. Another study in the American Journal of Epidemiology, showed that smokers have a higher risk for erectile dysfunction, with the risk associated with the number of cigarettes they smoke, Reuters reported.
And a recent study, to be published in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research, shows that quitting smoking is actually associated with a change in personality. In that study, University of Missouri researchers found that people who smoke were more neurotic (anxious and emotionally negative) and impulsive (acting without considering the consequences) than people who don't smoke. However, quitting smoking was also associated with a decrease in neuroticism and impulsivity, researchers said.
Habit may prevent you from being excellent in bed.
Research at the University of Texas shows that men who have successfully quit, have increased their sexual health inlaboratory conditions compared with those who return to thehabit. Results suggest that smoking has a negative impact on "performance" in bed more than we ever imagined.
The study involved men with no perceived problems withimpotence, enrolled in an 8-week program for smoking cessation.
Laboratory results showed an improvement after the first weekof final cessation of smoking. In real life, however, men do not report any difference. This may be due to the fact thatsignificant improvement is needed more time without tobacco.