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Raise the Smoking Age to 21?

It is hard to believe that not much more than a decade ago smoking was permitted in restaurants, bars and in public areas throughout the U.S. Looking back even further, smoking was once permitted on planes, in work places and virtually anywhere imaginable. The danger of secondhand smoke has put an end to this permissive attitude and slashed the overall number of smokers.

Reducing cigarette use can be achieved through other measures as well. As reported by CNN, New Jersey became the third state to raise the legal age to buy tobacco products. Is this the next step to snuffing out cigarette use for good?

A half century ago, over 40 percent of the population smoked. Between 2005 and 2014, the number of smokers dropped from 20 percent to 17 percent and then again to 15 percent by 2015. Public health officials are hoping that number will drop below 12 percent by 2020.

If you smoke, quitting is an essential strategy to return to good health. However, I strongly recommend that you first get your diet under control as the implications of a poor diet may outweigh those from smoking, and those who are in the process of quitting may turn to food to help alleviate their cravings.

The process of quitting smoking requires determination and patience. Quitting smoking will affect you both physically and mentally. The withdrawal period is extremely unpleasant but the benefits of quitting far outweigh any temporary discomfort. Quitting may be hard, but I advise you to do it as early as now. I really believe that having a healthy, smoke-free lifestyle will not only benefit you but your family as well.

There are strategies that can make quitting easier. You should pick a quit date that is not stressful and inform others that you are quitting. Track emotional triggers to ascertain what situations will pose a challenge to your smoke-free lifestyle. 

While you cannot eliminate stress entirely, energy psychology tools such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can help your body compensate for the bioelectrical short-circuiting that can disrupt many of your body's important systems, thereby causing stress and disease. 

You may want to wash and throw away everything that reminds you of smoking. There are extensive networks of former smokers who can provide support and insight. Take advantage of these resources. Commitment is the key to success. It will certainly be hard but it is worth it.

Make sure you check out this infographic that outlines the myriad benefits of smoking cessation.
 
Quit Smoking

The side effects of smoking can recede if you make the conscious decision to quit. Discover what happens when you stop smoking in this infographic "What Happens When a Smoker Quits?" Use the embed code to share it on your website.

<img src="https://media.mercola.com/assets/images/infographic/quit-smoking.jpg" alt="Quit Smoking" border="0" style="max-width:100%; min-width:300px; margin: 0 auto 20px auto; display:block;"><p style="max-width:800px; min-width:300px; margin:0 auto; text-align:center;"> The side effects of smoking can recede if you make the conscious decision to quit. Discover what happens when you stop smoking in this infographic "What Happens When a Smoker Quits?" Use the embed code to share it on your website. </p>
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