Quitting smoking is often very difficult. Nicotine addiction equals that of heroine. Smokers may rely on tobacco to soothe them, fight boredom, socialize and often plan their whole day around smoking breaks.
Research has found that helping relationships can greatly influence the success rate of a smoker trying to stop. Many people nag, lay guilt, try to scare or may police friends or family members who smoke or those contemplating or actually quitting. Is this behavior helpful?
Eat more asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, sweet potatoes, and turnips; also eat plenty of grains, nuts, seeds, and unpolished brown rice; millet cereal is a good source of protein
Eat wheat, oat and bran, and also consume yellow and deep-orange vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin, squash, and yams
Apples, berries, Brazil nuts, cantaloupe, cherries, grapes, legumes (including chickpeas, lentils, and red beans), and plums are also helpful
Smoking dependency—every time a person smokes, he or she inhales, apart from nicotine—an extremely deadly toxin (a single pinhead-sized drop of liquid nicotine, introduced directly into the bloodstream, would be fatal), over 4,000 different chemicals, 43 of which are known to cause cancer in humans; yet, once you become addicted, your body depends on the presence of nicotine; without it you feel “incomplete.”
Nicotine, which is extremely addictive, increases levels of the pleasure-inducing brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine. Tobacco has been used as a mood-altering substance for centuries. It has been ingested by various means, including chewing, sniffing, and smoking. Today, it is most commonly consumed by smoking cigarettes.
If you want to stop smoking cigarettes, but you just need a good reason do it, this informational site will help guide you in the right direction. You probably already know that worldwide, tobacco use causes nearly 5 million deaths per year and that current trends show that tobacco use will cause more than 10 million deaths annually by 2020. Here are some good reasons to quit and how to do it successfully.
You will lower your risk for cancer, heart attacks, strokes, early death, cataracts, and skin aging and wrinkling.
You will feel healthier immediately.
You will have more energy and better focus.
Your senses of smell and taste will improve. (more…)
Did you know that smoking one pack of cigarettes a day for ten years could reduce your bone density by 2 percent! And if this is not shocking enough read on —-Tobacco speeds artery damage. It promotes memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, causes rapid skin aging, anxiety, impotence, fatigue, headaches hoarseness of voice, smokers cough, peptic ulcers, senility, cramps in the legs stained teeth and nails, hiatal hernia, heart disease cancer, osteoporosis and the list can go on and on and on…
The innocent smoker:
Smoking is the largest cause of primary lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer related deaths. Therefore, smoking is the most preventable cause of death. It also contributes to illnesses including heart attack, emphysema, and stroke.
Side affects include nervousness, depression, and high cholesterol as it robs the body of good cholesterol.
It is never too late to quit. Studies show that when smokers quit, they add years to their life. The body immediately begins to repair itself with oxygenated blood.
Cold turkey is not always the best route for success. The sudden stop increases withdraw symptoms such as irritation and increased appetite. Learning by trial and error is one way to learn what works best for you.
Continues from Tobacco Use and Diabetes part 1
When a blood clot develops that cuts off the blood supply to the vessels that feed the heart cells, we call that a “heart attack.” If the blood clot is in blood vessels feeding the brain, it is called a “stroke.” If it is in the lungs, it can be extremely dangerous and death can be immediate. Sometimes it is in a leg, foot, or toe. The farther from the heart, the smaller the blood vessels. It does not take much to cause a complete blockage of poor circulation in those tiny blood vessel where the openings have been narrowed by atherosclerosis and tobacco use.
Poor circulation is the leading cause of kidney failure, blindness, and non-traumatic amputation of toes, feet, and legs among people with diabetes. Diabetes is the Number One cause of each of these among adults under age 65 years in the United States. The risk of each of these is much, much higher if that diabetic also uses tobacco!
Jumping out of an airplane without a parachute at 10,000 feet altitude would not make much sense, would it? Neither would jumping out of an airplane WITH a parachute and then refusing to pull the ripcord at the appropriate time. If you had been told to pull the ripcord at the count of 10, but you were enjoying the free fall so much that you decided to wait until the count of 11 or 12 or 15….the longer you wait, even if you eventually DID pull the ripcord, it still might be too late to do you much good by the time you hit the ground, right?
The same is true with people who use tobacco. Many people with diabetes still smoke or chew…but, I think it is because they really have never really understood the tremendous risk involved in continuing to smoke. The smoker may be enjoying the “free fall” so much that s/he plans to simply stop smoking/chewing “later.” But, will it be too little, too late?Img46.jpeg Is the pleasure of the “free fall” really worth the risk? Your decision needs to be based on facts….so read on……
Every day, 4,000 children between the ages of twelve and seventeen try their first cigarette. This can be a deadly choice for an adolescent as tobacco use has been found to cause lung cancer as well as other health problems.
One third of all teens who start smoking will die as a result of their smoking habit. This, combined with the fact that almost three million teenagers are currently smoking, should send an alarming message to parents and the medical community.
Stop smoking medications are primarily available as nicotine replacement therapy (transdermal patch and gum) and the pill bupropion (Zyban). Unless there are good reasons to not use these medications, anyone quitting smoking should strongly consider using them to reduce craving intensity and nicotine withdrawal side effects. Always discuss your intentions with your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication.
Isn’t using a nicotine patch or the gum a crutch? I am addicted to nicotine, why would I want to take it another form?