It’s that time of the year where most of us are working towards attaining our New Year’s resolutions and for supermodel Noami Campbell, quitting cigarettes was top of her list.
Speaking to The Sun, the 50-year-old supermodel said that she stopped smoking cigarettes on New Year’s eve.
She also revealed that swimming in the ocean has helped her to kick the habit.
“Every afternoon I swim in the ocean for an hour or two and I just sit in the ocean. It helps clear my lungs because it takes 21 days to get the nicotine out of your system,” she added.
It is not the first time the model has tried to ditch her smoking habit. Back in 2014, she reportedly shared how much she was struggling with her smoking addiction.
“People told me that cigarettes are harder to quit than alcohol. I didn't believe it, but you know what? It is harder,” she said.
“It's still a struggle. In fact, just talking about it makes me crave one, so let's stop, please! But I am really trying,” she continued.
According to Heart.org, it is hard to stop smoking because nicotine is a drug that is as addictive as cocaine or heroine and the craving is almost impossible to ignore.
“From a scientific standpoint, nicotine is just as hard, or harder, to quit than heroin … but people don't recognise that," Dr. Neil Benowitz, a nicotine researcher at the University of California, San Francisco told the publication.
He also explained that cigarettes act as a stimulant that helps people concentrate while also releasing dopamine.
“Every drug of abuse, including nicotine, releases dopamine, which makes it pleasurable to use," said Benowitz.
"And when you stop smoking, you have a deficiency of dopamine release, which causes a state of dysphoria: you feel anxious or depressed."
But it is not impossible to quit smoking.
- Try nicotine replacement therapy.
- Engage in physical activity as this can help distract you from tobacco cravings.
- Avoid triggers such as situations where you smoked a lot, like parties or bars – identify your trigger situations and find alternative ways to get through them.
- Give your mouth something to do to fight a tobacco craving. Chew on sugarless gum or hard candy, or munch on raw carrots, celery, nuts or sunflower seeds — something crunchy and satisfying.
- Join a support group
Source: Mayo Clinic