Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer
A generation ago, smoking a cigar after dinner or puffing on a
pipe was a popular habit among men. Fortunately, using these two
forms of tobacco has steadily declined over the past 25 years.
Unfortunately, those who still enjoy smoking pipes or cigars run
higher risks of cancer of the larynx, pharynx, and esophagus. If
you happen to inhale pipe or cigar smoke, you also run the same
risk of diseases associated with cigarette smoking--namely, lung
cancer, emphysema, stroke, and heart disease.
As with cigarettes, smoking a pipe or cigars is ingrained with
other routine activities. To disassociate smoking from other
habits--and gradually break away from a pipe or cigars--follow
these seven steps.
1. Pay attention to your smoking behavior for
a few days. Note when and where you like to smoke (key rooms in
the house, car, office, after meals, and so forth).
2. Instead of lighting up at your customary
time, wait an hour. Do this for several days.
3. Smoke in one area only, like the back porch.
Don't smoke anywhere else.
4. Extend your 1-hour delay to 2 hours. Do this
for another week.
5. Don't read, watch television, or perform
other "automatic" activities while you smoke.
6. Finish only half the cigar or bowl of pipe
tobacco. Discard the rest.
7. Finally, don't smoke your pipe or cigar at