How to Quit Smoking?

Why Do We Start to Smoke

  • Interested in experimenting
  • Parents or friends smoke
  • Looks cool
  • Want to fit in
  • Friends pressurize to smoke
  • To get rid of gastric problem
  • To fire-out stress & tiredness
  • … and many other reasons

Why Do We Continue to Smoke

  • Nicotine addiction Tough to quit!
  • Something to do with your hands
  • Stimulation nicotine stimulates
  • Do not know how to quit smoking
  • Feels good or like it
  • Relieves or friends stress to continue
  • Other reasons?

Why to Quit Smoking

  • Smoking is killing you and your lovers. It is your real enemy.
  • If you do not know enough about your enemy, it will defeat you.
  • To defeat your enemy, you must know it in depth.

Smoking Facts:

  • Tobacco is only legally sold product that is DEADLY when used exactly as the manufacturer intended.
  • Smokers with 1-14 cigarettes a day, have 8 times the risk of dying from lung cancer compared to non-smokers.
  • Smokers with above 25 cigarettes a day, have 25 times this risk.
  • Smoking leads to an earlier menopause in women.
  • On average women smokers go through the menopause up to 2 years earlier than non-smokers and are at a greater risk of developing the bony tissue disease.
  • Smoking is associated with increased sperm abnormalities and with impotence in men.
  • Smoking causes at least 80% of all deaths from lung cancer, around 80% of all deaths from bronchitis and emphysema and around 17% of all deaths from heart disease.
  • Hundreds of the cases of lung cancer and thousands of the cases of heart disease in non-smokers every year are caused by passive smoking.
  • Tobacco kills around 120,000 people in the UK every year, about 330 every day – as if a plane crashed every day and killed all its passengers, around 20% of all deaths.
  • A young smoker suffering from bronchitis or emphysema who gives up will see improvement in lung function.
  • Damage to lungs caused by years of smoking is permanent but quitting smoking prevents it worsening.

Smoking is Global:

  • Second major cause of death in the world – about 5 million deaths each year
  • 10 million deaths each year by 2020.
  • Half the people that smoke today 650 million people- will eventually be killed by tobacco.

(World Health Organization)

Cigarette Contains

  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Arsenic
  • Ammonia
  • Acetone
  • Formaldehyde
  • Methanol (Rocket Fuel)
  • Hydrogen Cyanide (Rat Poison)
  • ….. and Nicotine!

Facts About Nicotine

  • A drug found only in the tobacco leaf
  • At low doses it can stimulate nerve cells
  • At high doses it is a poison that has been used as an insecticide
  • Two to three drops of pure nicotine can kill you

What Does Nicotine Do

  • Within 7 seconds, one-quarter of the nicotine has gone straight to the brain.
  • It has a powerful effect on the brain and the central nervous system.
  • Causes your brain to release a “pleasure” chemical called Dopamine.
  • Nicotine receptors on your nerve endings receive the Dopamine and create “Happy” nerve cells.
  • The Dopamine gives you a false sense of well-being, and soon the body wants more and more on a regular basis.
  • This is the beginning of an addiction.

Smoking: Short-Term Effects

  • Bad Smell perfume will not hide it
  • Bad Teeth
  • Bad Breath
  • Get More Colds / Sickness
  • Sore Throat
  • Headaches
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Wastage of Money

Smoking: Long-Term Effects

  • Hardening of blood vessels in heart & brain
  • Increased risk of heart attack & stroke
  • Lung Diseases (emphysema & bronchitis)
  • Increased risk of cancer
  • Stomach Ulcers & Cancer
  • Cataracts & blindness
  • & Other illnesses

Smoking Related Diseases:

  • Bronchitis
  • Emphysema
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Kidney diseases
  • …. and many others

The Smoker’s Lungs:

  • You can see how the lung looks without the effects of inhalation of smoke.
  • Note black specks throughout indicative of carbon deposits from pollution.
  • Smokers lung with cancer. This is what killed the person.
  • The blackened area is just the deposit of tars that all smokers paint into their lungs with every puff they take.

Smoking Effects on Pregnancy:

Increased risk of:

  • Miscarriages
  • Premature births
  • Low birth weight infants
  • Respiratory infections
  • Middle ear infections
  • Meningococcal infections
  • Asthma
  • …. and many other health problems.

What is Second-Hand Smoke

  • Second-hand smoke is more dangerous than directly inhaled smoke.
  • It is harmful even when you cannot see or smell it.
  • Second-hand smoke releases the same 4,000 chemicals as smoke that is directly inhaled, but often in even greater quantities
  • A big number of non-smokers die from lung cancer each year because of second-hand smoke.

Second-Hand Smoke Effects

  • Smoking is like killing with slow-poisoning.
  • Continuously inhaling the smoke results in swear illnesses resulting to death.

Short-term:

  • Eye irritation
  • Headache
  • Nasal discomfort and sneezing
  • Cough and sore throat
  • Nausea and dizziness
  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure
  • Increased risk for people with heart disease (angina), asthma, allergies.

Long-term:

  • Childhood asthma and other breathing difficulties.
  • Reduced ability to take in and use oxygen
  • Heart disease and stroke
  • Lungs cancer

Reasons to Quit

  • Giving up smoking can reduce the risk of developing many health problems.
  • Stinks, bad breath, yellow skin
  • Family/Friends
  • Cost too much
  • Peer pressure (fewer smokers)
  • Fewer places to smoke in public
  • Do not like it anymore sick of it
  • Other reasons?

How to QUIT?

  • Formulate a plan decide on the best approach for you.
  • Two ways to quit
  • All at once
  • Cutting back
  • Based on the way you want to quit there are a lot of tools out there to help you.

Quit Aids

  • Strong Will Power
  • Green Cardamom
  • Chew Gum
  • Pills Zyban
  • Nicotine Inhaler
  • Breath Mint
  • E-Cigarettes

Alternative Treatments:

  • Acupressure
  • Reiki
  • Hypnosis

Tips to Quit

  • The 4D’s ….. Drink water, Deep breathe, Delay and Do something different
  • Brush your teeth, chew regular gum
  • Eat breakfast first
  • Make your home smoke free or at least limit smoking to one room
  • Make your vehicle smoke free
  • Exercise and eat right
  • Stay positive!

References

  • familydoctor.org
  • www.smokefree.gov
  • www.surgeongeneral.gov/tobacco
  • http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/quit_smoking
  • http://www.cancer.org/Healthy/StayAwayfromTobacco
  • www.smokefreefamilies.org
  • www.helppregnantsmokersquit.org

 

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