3 Must-Read Books on How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes
No Smoking Day
From every Bollywood movie that has a “Smoking Kills” text at the bottom right of the screen whenever some character smokes in the movie to that Akshay Kumar wala ad, where he comes on his cycle and ask his friend who is smoking in front of a Hospital that why is he standing here to which his friend answers “Wahi yaar aurto wali bimari”. See, I’m not gonna narrate the whole ad. Plus this is an ad for Women’s sanitation and that’s not we are talking about today.
Now, let me get back on the track and tell you about what I am ought to be. See, my point from the above circumlocutional talk was to tell you that our whole life, we have been taught that “SMOKING KILLS“, that smoking is bad, that smoking is injurious to health. But why? I mean all of us (Indians) have seen that ad where some guy squeezes a sponge and collects the black liquid like thing that comes out from the sponge in a beaker. Saying that it is tartar and it is present in your lungs. Arrghh!!! What am I doing!?
According to Britannica,
Smoking, the act of inhaling and exhaling the fumes of burning plant material.
I tried to look for the benefits of smoking but can’t find any. Then, I looked for cons and I found this:
- Every year, 4,80,000 die in the United States alone because of cigarette smoking.
- Smoking causes 90% of all lung cancer deaths
- Smoking causes about 80% of all deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Smoking causes more deaths each year than the following causes combined:
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Illegal Drug Use
- Alcohol Use
- Motor Vehicle Injuries
- Firearm-related incidents
- Smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body.
So, is it clear now that why the world is against smoking?
And let me state this that those who think that a cigarette costs Rs. 10 or Rs. 15 or Rs. 20 (I don’t know how much does it cost!), you’re WRONG! A cigarette costs your life.
Well, now when we know why we shouldn’t be smoking. Let me glorify this recommendation of 10 Must-Read Books on How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes by telling you the pros of quitting it.
- Quitting smoking cuts cardiovascular risks. Just 1 year after quitting smoking, your risk for a heart attack drops sharply.
- Within 2 to 5 years after quitting smoking, your risk for stroke may reduce to about that of a nonsmoker’s.
- If you quit smoking, your risks for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder drop by half within 5 years.
- Ten years after you quit smoking, your risk for dying from lung cancer drops by half.
Ok, we have enough reasons to not smoke now. Let’s just jump to 10 Must-Read Books on How to Stop Smoking Cigarettes:
Opening Lines: Perhaps I should begin by describing my credentials for writing this book.
Page count: 239 pages
Publisher: Clarity Marketing
Publication Date: November 17th, 2011
“The whole business of smoking is like forcing yourself to wear tight shoes just to get the pleasure of taking them off.”
My friend quit smoking after reading this book and it’s been almost 3 months now.
The thing that I like the most about this book is that the author of the book says that you can smoke while reading this book, but when you get to the end, you won’t want to smoke any longer. Also, people who aren’t ready to give up will put the book down but they will surely come back to it later when they are ready.
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Opening Lines: In the fall of 1993, a man who would spend much of what we know about habits walked into a laboratory in San Diego for a scheduled appointment.
Page count: 400 pages
Publication Date: February 7th, 2013
“And though each habit means relatively little on its own, over time, the meals we order, what we say to our kids each night, whether we save or spend, how often we exercise, and the way we organize our thoughts and work routines have enormous impact on our health, productivity, financial security, and happiness.”
An exciting book that not only explains how to create or change habits but also shows the impact of these on life, society or business.
Well written, super informative and yet, easy to follow, this book is amongst the best self-help books you can ever read. Though not specific to smoking but it does reference smoking and is a great resource in general.
It flows really well and a vast number of the audience can benefit from this book. A must read!
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Opening Lines: When you think of something that requires willpower, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?
Page count: 288 pages
Publication Date: December 31st, 2013
“A short practice that you do every day is better than a long practice you keep putting off to tomorrow.”
This book is basically a guide on how to gain more self-control while simultaneously explaining the science behind willpower.
The best thing about this book that in spite of having a hell lot of a Science in it, everyone can read it. McGonigal has used the right amount of examples and scientific information that it makes the book, easy to follow.
This book is dedicated to everyone who has ever struggled with temptation, self-criticism, addiction, procrastination, or motivation – which is to say, ALL OF US! According to me, everybody has something they want to have more control over, which is why this book is very helpful.
One of the best non-fiction books I’ve ever read. 🙂
Also, watch Kelly McGonigal’s TED Talk, here.
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Also, the smoking pros and cons data are fetched from the CDC site. Here’s the source.
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