Smoking and tobacco abuse is one the biggest threats to human health across the globe. Smoking is also one of the leading causes of respiratory disorders, lung diseases and even cancer. While quitting smoking is highly recommended many people find it extremely difficult to get rid of nicotine addiction. A recent finding published in the journal Mental Health and Physical activity suggests people to take up running in order to get rid of smoking addiction.
"This shows that physical activity can be a successful smoking-cessation aid and that a community-based programme might offer that. Because doing it on your own is very difficult," said lead author Carly Priebe, postdoctoral student at University of British Columbia.
Experts also emphasized the importance of physical activity. Those who are new to running may not find it that appealing, therefore one can always start by getting rid of a sedentary lifestyle. The study evaluated 'Run to Quit' - a national initiative that targets smoking through group-based running clinics. It was found that close to 91% of the participants managed to reduce smoking while nearly half of the total number of participants (50.8%) were able to successfully quit smoking after completing a 10-week programme.
Natural ways to curb smoking
Physical exercising has long been linked to helping people quit smoking. Some of the most commonly used ingredients may also come handy in helping you quit smoking. Cinnamon, honey and onion juice are excellent for smoking cessation. You can combat your urge to smoke by mixing some cinnamon powder in half a teaspoon of honey and a cup of warm water. Have the concoction at least twice a day to feel the difference.
Harad (Terminalia Chebula) is one of the prized ingredients in the Ayurveda repertoire. Take the smaller, black ones, soak in water and keep in your mouth for few minutes. This will help in reducing your urge to smoke.
Get in touch with a certified expert to know more about natural ways to curb smoking.
Inputs from IANS
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