Short and Long Term Effects of Smoking Tobacco and What You Can Do to Quit

Oct 13, 2016
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Many people who smoke insist that they would like to quit. We have known that smoking can kill us for 50 years, but millions of people still smoke. There has been a certain reduction in the smoking population, but in recent years, that has leveled off.

Smoking leads statistics for preventable death

Smoking leads the causes for preventable death. It surpasses death by substance abuse, firearms, infection or traffic accidents, according to the CDC.

Smokers looked upon with less regard

Smokers are sometimes viewed as ignorant members of society and looked down upon smugly by those who don’t use tobacco. Strangers don’t mind holding their noses around smokers and lecturing about the dangers of smoking. Very few strangers will lecture a person about the dangers of obesity.

Why don’t smokers just quit?

Smoking is pleasurable, and nicotine relieves anxiety and depression by creating a surge of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine makes people feel good and relaxed.

Nearly every smoker begins the habit in adolescence or young adulthood, and almost all believe that they can stop any time they want to. Usually, smoking in youth is simply a social rite of passage and a bit of a rebellion.

Jed Rose, Director of the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation in North Carolina says, “Ultimately, they will lose their capacity to make a free choice to smoke.” He reports that many in his program are desperate to stop smoking, but they are compelled to resume the habit in spite of known consequences.

Smoking becomes a powerful bodily need. Like all bodily needs, smoking defies logic with its ability to wrest control from an individual.

Even our president, learned and well-aware of smoking’s terrible consequences, still sneaks a puff now and then.

What are the consequences of smoking?

Most of us are aware of the chronic diseases that accompany smoking. Some smoking-related consequences are not so obvious.

These are:

  • Thinning of the bones
  • Macular degeneration
  • Shriveling of the skin
  • Early menopause
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Infertility
  • Incontinence of urine, especially in women

Can a person quit smoking?

People can, and do, quit smoking permanently. It is a time-consuming task to free oneself from nicotine addiction. Therefore, like any self-improvement attempt, a program is preferable.

Vaping cigarettes is a start

The vape liquid in an e-cigarette contains nicotine combined with a product that creates a vapor when inhaled. This vapor is without the noxious chemicals found in tobacco smoke from the curing chemicals. This option help ease the process of quitting smoking.

Consult the calendar

Commitment to a date creates structure to a quitting plan. This could be marked with the number of cigarettes to be consumed on each day, with a final cigarette-free day.

Unpleasant withdrawal effects

Unpleasant withdrawal effects can be regarded as the body’s recovery from nicotine. Poor concentration, irritability and a strong urge to smoke more than the allotted cigarettes are par for the course and will subside.

Practice mindfulness and seek a clean environment and diet

Yoga teaches self-control and mindfulness. It can provide ways to resist the urge to smoke as well as health-sustaining habits of meditation and toxin-free breathing. Sensitivity to environmental triggers can become more pronounced when quitting a toxic substance like tobacco.

Quitting smoking works better when lifestyle changes are put into place. A wellness program to address whole-body needs lowers bodily stress and provides the nutrients and relaxation needed to gain victory over a smoking habit.

 

By: Lee Flynn

 

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