It’s Never Too Late to Stop Smoking
Most of us recognize the risks of smoking, such as cancer, heart disease and emphysema. We also know that second-hand smoke can harm the people around us. But you may not be aware of the many immediate and long-term benefits of quitting smoking, even if you have smoked for a long time. You can begin to see immediate benefits in the first days and months after quitting smoking.
What Are the Financial Benefits of Quitting Smoking?
Smoking doesn’t just take a toll on your health. It also takes a toll on your finances. According to the American Lung Association, one pack of cigarettes costs an average of $5.51 each. Many states are piling on sales and excise taxes in addition to the price per pack. If you only smoke one pack of cigarettes per day, you are spending more than $2,000 every year to continue smoking. Additionally, many health insurance plans may charge smokers significantly more on health insurance premiums. If you have recently enrolled in a new health care plan, it may cover all of or part of the Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patch.
Understanding How Nicotine Addiction Affects Your Mind and Body
As you know, smoking cigarettes is addictive. Your brain and body get used to functioning with a certain level of nicotine when you are smoking. Within a few hours of your last cigarette, your nicotine level drops dramatically, resulting in withdrawal symptoms for most smokers.
Common nicotine withdrawal symptoms include intense cravings for nicotine, irritability, anxiety, depression, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, difficulty sleeping and increased appetite. Physical withdrawal symptoms usually peak within 24 to 72 hours after quitting, then decline over the next several weeks. Some smokers, however, may experience nicotine withdrawal symptoms for several months. Staying on Habitrol® Nicotine Transdermal System Patch for the full 8 weeks can reduce the withdrawal symptoms and cravings you experience and help you quit smoking.