One of the worst habits for health, as well as one of the most difficult to quit, is cigarette smoking, but you can do it! It requires a plan,
determination and some help from your friends too.
One of the most important decisions you'll ever make is the decision to stop smoking.
Nicotine and carbon monoxide are the most dangerous of the numerous toxic gases and chemicals inhaled in tobacco smoke.
High blood pressure, increased heart rate and reduced blood flow is caused when nicotine is inhaled. Like nicotine, carbon monoxide will slowly suffocate lung tissue in it's competition with the body for oxygen.
The most significant cause of lung cancer is cigarette smoking. Most cancers of the larynx, esophagus and oral cavity are also it's responsibility. It is also highly associated with many other cancers.
The risk of stroke and heart attacks are also greatly increased by cigarette smoking.
In addition, there is a higher risk of emphysema and osteoporosis for smokers. There is also a greater risk of problems like heart disease and stroke for women who
smoke and use the pill.
Fortunately, quitting can fix the majority of this damage.
So why do so many people find it so hard to stop if the reasons for quitting are so clear?
There is often quite a powerful physical addiction to tobacco, made worse by the act of smoking intertwining with people's habits.
Often, people give up after their first failed attempt to quit smoking. Rather than giving up, go into it knowing that it will be a challenge, but with the confidence that
you can do it.
Prepare for a 'quit date' by removing ashtrays from the house and making it a nonsmoking area, examining the habits linked to smoking to find ways to change them, and considering using a patch or gum.
Often, smokers will feel that they are alone in their struggle to quit smoking, so it is important to your success to have people that will support and encourage you.
The human body has an amazing ability to heal itself, so once you stop using tobacco your body will immediately benefit.
Your heart rate and blood pressure will drop on the first day.
Your senses of smell and taste will improve after only two days.
Within three months, walking and other exercises will be much easier, as your circulation and breathing will have improved by this time.
In the first nine months, the shortness of breath and coughing you may have experienced will decrease, while your overall energy levels will increase.
There will also be a decline in the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia.
After one year your risk of heart attack will drop to about half of that of other smokers, and won't stop there.
Your risk of suffering from a stroke will be the same as a nonsmoker's after five years.
After 10 years, your risk of developing lung cancer will be half of what it was when you were smoking.
It is important to remember to keep trying until you find a method of quitting that works for you, as there are many to choose from. It's never too late!
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