Smoking is bad for our health and we all know this fact and yet we ignore the very consequences of smoking. Smoking is bad but how bad it is? On average, smokers die twelve years sooner than non-smokers. Twelve years! That’s more than a decade! It means life for smokers is more than ten percent shorter than for non-smokers. These are big numbers.
People who smoke are up to six times more likely to suffer a Heart attack than non-smokers, and the risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked. Smoking also causes most cases of chronic obstructive lung disease. Lung cancer is the leading cause of Cancer death among both men and women. Certain diseases, such as ischemic Heart disease (heart attacks and related coronary artery disease), stroke, chronic lung disease and lung cancer, have been clearly linked to smoking and were found to be the cause of death in approximately 60% of the smokers’.
Smoking causes or predisposes to many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, nasal cavity, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix, and acute myeloid leukaemia. The chance that a young person will live to age 80 is about 70% for non-smokers but only 35% for smokers. Stated differently, a smoker loses about 11(women) to 12 (men) years of life compared to non-smokers.
Smoking is one of the largest cause of preventable death in the world. Recent studies have found that smokers can undermine the health of non-smokers in some environments.
What’s in a Cigarette?
There are approximately 600 ingredients in cigarettes. When burned, they create more than 4,000 chemicals. At least 69 of these chemicals are known to cause cancer, and many are poisonous.
Many of these chemicals also are found in consumer products, but these products have warning labels. While the public is warned about the danger of the poisons in these products, there is no such warning for the toxins in tobacco smoke.
Here are a few of the chemicals in tobacco smoke and other places they are found:
- Acetone – found in nail polish remover
- Acetic Acid – an ingredient in hair dye
- Ammonia – a common household cleaner
- Arsenic – used in rat poison
- Benzene – found in rubber cement
- Butane – used in lighter fluid
- Cadmium – active component in battery acid
- Carbon Monoxide – released in car exhaust fumes
- Formaldehyde – embalming fluid
- Hexamine – found in barbecue lighter fluid
- Lead – used in batteries
- Naphthalene – an ingredient in mothballs
- Methanol – a main component in rocket fuel
- Nicotine – used as insecticide
- Tar – material for paving roads
- Toluene – used to manufacture paint
Nicotine is a substance that stimulates the brain. If you are a regular smoker, when the blood level of nicotine falls, you usually develop withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- Difficulty with concentration.
- Just feeling awful.
These symptoms are relieved by the next cigarette.
So, most smokers need to smoke regularly to feel normal and to prevent nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
5 Great Reasons to Quit Smoking
- You’ll Live Longer if You Quit Smoking.
- You’ll Be Protecting Family and Friends if You Quit Smoking.
- Your Body Can Start to Repair Itself When You Quit Smoking.
- People Will Like You More if You Quit Smoking.
- You’ll Be Saving Money.
How to Quit Smoking?
By: – Anne L. Fritz
You decided to stop smoking? Great — it’s one of the best things you can do for your health.
But quitting isn’t easy. Nicotine — the addictive ingredient in tobacco — is as addictive as heroin or cocaine, according to the American Cancer Society. In fact, the average person attempts to quit six times before succeeding. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to set yourself up for success and kick the habit for good.
Set a date: Pick a day and time in the near future that you expect to be relatively stress-free so you can prepare to quit smoking.
Quitting when you have a big project due at work, or even when you have something happy on your calendar like a birthday party (if you tend to light up when you are drinking or socializing), can be more challenging.
Write down your reasons: Consider why you want to stop smoking and jot the reasons down. You can refer to them once you quit when you get a craving. A few universal benefits:
- My risk of cancer, heart attacks, chronic lung disease, stroke, cataracts, and other diseases will drop.
- My blood pressure will go down.
- I’ll look better. My skin will be more hydrated and less wrinkled, my teeth will look less yellow and my fingers won’t be stained with nicotine.
- I’ll save money.
- My hair, clothes, car, and home won’t reek of smoke.
- I’ll have more energy.
- I’ll set a better example for my kids, friends, and family.
- I’ll live longer.
Immediate and long term effect of Quitting Smoking.
As any smoker can attest, quitting smoking is tough.
In fact, most smokers require several attempts before they are finally able to quit for good.
With the commitment it takes to kick the habit — not to mention the damage those cigarettes have already done — it may be easy to say, “Why should I stop smoking now?”
But even if it’s tough, the benefits of quitting smoking start right away.
Medical experts have found that a person’s health improves within minutes of the last puff from the last cigarette, and the health benefits continue in the years that follow.
Research has found that people who quit smoking drastically reduce their risk of dying from a smoking-related disease.
Those who quit before they turn 51 cut their chances of dying within the next 15 years in half, compared with people who don’t quit.
Even smokers who stop in their sixties increase their life expectancy by one year.
When you quit smoking, you live longer and those extra years are spent in better health.
Short-Term Benefits of Stopping Smoking
About 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your body already has begun to respond to your decision to quit smoking:
- Your blood pressure goes down
- Your pulse rate slows
- The temperature of your hands and feet increases
Eight hours after you quit smoking, your blood has begun to recover from the effects of smoking. The levels of both carbon monoxide and oxygen in your bloodstream return to normal.
Within 24 hours, your chance of a heart attack has already decreased as your system repairs itself.
About 48 hours after you quit smoking, nerve endings deadened by the habit have begun to regenerate and your sense of taste and smell has already improved.
A few weeks after you quit smoking, your circulation has improved and your lungs have begun to function better. Walking and exercising become much easier.
Within the first few months, your phlegm production has decreased and you won’t find yourself coughing or wheezing as much.
Long-Term Benefits of Quitting Smoking
The benefits of your decision to quit smoking continue long after the immediate impact.
You might not feel these benefits the way you felt the quick improvement in your lung function and overall health, but you’ll still enjoy them:
- 1 year: Your excess risk of suffering coronary heart disease has decreased to half the risk of a continuing smoker.
- 5 years: Your risk of having a stroke has decreased compared to continuing smokers, and will continue to decrease over time.
- 10 years: A decade after you quit smoking, your risk of lung cancer is now half that of people who keep smoking. You’ve also experienced a decrease in your risk of ulcers and other cancers, including cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, pancreas, kidneys, and bladder.
- 15 years: Your risk of coronary heart disease is now comparable to that of people who never smoked a single cigarette. Your risk of dying also is nearly back to the same level as that of non-smokers.
Other Benefits of Not Smoking
Nicotine withdrawal can lead to some short-term emotional costs when you choose to quit smoking.
You are likely to feel anger, irritation, and depression as you struggle with your dependence on tobacco.
But as the days go by, you will also feel a surge of self-respect as you master your addiction, and over time that will translate into a greater sense of self-esteem.
You also might find that:
- Your bad breath is gone.
- The stains on your teeth, fingers, and fingernails fade.
- The smoke smell dissipates from your hair, clothes, car, furniture, and home.
- You have more overall energy and are better able to enjoy life.
With all of these health benefits, why are you still smoking?
Make the commitment today, and get the help you need to quit smoking successfully.
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A Burnt Cigarette Ash Said :
Today it’s Me, Because of You ! But
Tomorrow it’s You, Because of Me !!!
“Quit Smoking before Smoking Quits You”
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