Stop Smoking New Year’s Day

With the New Year only weeks away maybe like others you plan on turning over a new leaf and implementing some positive changes into your life.

For many these changes revolve around health and fitness issues and while many decide to join a gym or go on a diet and shed their excess belly fat others decide to stop smoking New Year's Day.

Unfortunately for many of these New Year Resolutions are short lived and last only a few weeks or only days in the case of giving up smoking before the twenty-a-day habit is resumed and another year has to pass before many smokers decide to give it another shot and make another attempt to finally stop smoking.

That being said, many people do however successfully kick the habit and say a parting farewell to their nicotine addiction but to join the elite of ex-smokers requires more than just stubbing out a cigarette. You need to plan ahead and be mentally prepared. So ask yourself how you plan to stop smoking New Year's Day.

Are you going to use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) such as the nicotine patch or gum or are you going to try prescription medication. Other methods to quit smoking include hypnosis, acupuncture or the hi-tech method of acupuncture known as laser therapy. Or are you just going to quit smoking cold turkey.

All of the above methods have helped smokers finally stop smoking, but if you think all you need to do is stick a patch on your arm or lay back and listen to someone's voice or get zapped with a laser beam then do not be surprised if you quickly relapse. Above all else is your mental attitude that will determine you're success or failure.

Why do you want to stop smoking? After you give up cigarettes focus on the benefits. Within just a few days you're energy levels will improve, you're sense of taste and smell will improve as you'll be bank balance. Additionally you will no longer smell of stale smoke or affect the health of friends and family that are around you when you smoke cigarettes.

Finally, if you fail then try again as soon as possible. Do not let another year pass before re-making another attempt and risk your health and watch you're money go up in smoke. Most ex-smokers will have had to of made numerous attempts before they finally reached their non-smoking goal, so keep trying.

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Quitting Smoking With Help From Incubated Dreams

Who has not heard about quitting smoking these days? (Stand up! Now say where you have been for the last fifty years!)

… Unfortunately, the actual folks who have really stopped – from all this harping – is quite small compared to the number of folks still smoking.

Why is this, do you think? Could it possibly be because we have not bothered to examine one of the oldest, most respected methods that individuals once used when they were unable to find answers from regular sources that their peers promoted?

… Now, before you laugh, or drop that cigarette from your smoke-filled mouth, allow me to talk with you about the ancient ritual of real nighttime dream incubation.

I do not say that what I am going to tell you is the total answer to your goal of quitting smoking. What I affirm – after more than twenty years of trial and error – is that there's amazing value in incubating your dreams – to help you start to quit smoking.

“How is this possible?” you ask – with much skepticism.

It's really a very straightforward dream pursuit, and you do not have to be any particular breed of man or woman to see starting results.

Because smoking addiction – you'll concede – does hook all of your parts (from Instinctive, Sexual – to Moving, Feeling, Thinking and a couple of more) you can not expect to get one dream tip – after one night – that tells you how you can quit. But if you will practice what I am going to show you, you will begin getting valuable tips – most of the nights – and within a matter of days – you will begin to see some truth and trust my words.

Before I go further, let me simply advise you to have a clip board with sheets on it – along with pen firmly attached to it. You'll also need some kind of light, so you can make out where you're writing down your dreams. (Be quiet with a partner's sleep.)

Now what should you “think” as you prepare to sleep tight? Simply: “I want to discover anything that will help me start to stop smoking.”

Note, we can not change ourselves (from folks who smoked for years to folks who quit seconds ago) with the same mind set that caused us to start in the first place.

We need to find a way to transform our minds tranquilly. And dreams can do that by introducing us to activities and interests that will direct our minds in quite peaceful ways.

Guess what happens when you think new thoughts, have new emotions, and do different things? There's no more room for smoking then!

… Listen! If the Greeks used this method; the Hebrews used this method; Indians, too – even if you're up to your eyesballs in i-phones (but still smoking), you bought to be keen on using it in helping yourself conquer smoking habits still plaguing you.

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Why Stop Smoking? Do You Really Want The Wrinkled Face Of A Long-Term Smoker?

First I declare my interest; I hate the smoking of cigarettes. I hate the way that tobacco companies, their shareholders and even governments, profit from what causes misery to millions.

I know, it is not against the law and I can understand that some people might get real pleasure from smoking a leisurely cigar, or even the occasional pipe of tobacco, but who can believe that anyone gets any kind of real pleasure from smoking cigarettes?

Oh yes, smokers will protest that they do it because they want to do so. Who wants to admit that they can not really control their own behavior?

The advertising industry can use all their skills and wiles to present an image that the masses will buy into. Another hateful thing for me is that now the well-educated among us are avoiding or quitting tobacco, then their efforts turn toward those unfortunates in the third world, who wish to emulate what they see as our 'civilized' behavior.

Why on earth did I use a reference to a wrinkled face to introduce my arguments? Well, mainly to get your attention, but one of the first things I tend to notice about smokers – well, those who are past the first flush of youth, is that their faces almost always have many more wrinkles than the average non-smoker.

I notice it particularly in those of middle age, who pucker the face to draw in the smoke, with an energy they can usually apply to nothing else. Their need for their 'fix' strikes me as pitiable as well as aesthetically ugly.

While I believe that there are countless reasons for either never smoking, or quitting while you can, avoiding definitely making yourself ugly is fairly high on my list.

It might well mean that I am buying into the modern idea that appearance is more important than it should be, but I make no apology for wishing to present the best face I can, to those who have to see it every day.

I am among the fort ones who have never felt the need to smoke, but if I had done so, then I do hope I would have developed the wit to seek out the best ways to stop smoking, before it was too late.

Many people are persuaded when there is an organized stop smoking day, but I believe it is too important to delay and I really hope that my message reaches someone and encourages a successful attempt to stop smoking cigarettes.

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Smoking Bans

Smoking Bans

It is now realized by individuals and governments that smoking is extremely hazardous to health. Millions are dying each year both directly and indirectly as a consequence of the smoking habit. The death toll is indeed prodigious and exceeds deaths due to drug addiction, breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents put together. A conservative estimate places the annual death toll to around 10 million worldwide.

Public Smoking Bans

Over the past decision concerned Governments have begun to implement and enforce smoking bans. Smoking bans have included the work place, bars, restaurants and other public areas. Some countries have even extended the ban to include inmates in penal institutions.

Anti-Smoking Legislation

The aim of all this legislation is to reduce tobacco smoke exposure for those who choose not to smoke and of course to encourage smokers to give up their pernicious and deadly habit. The recognition that passive smoking, or exposure to second hand smoke, is a significant health hazard has added impetus to restrictive smoking legislation. The World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008 concluded that passive smoking causes cancers, heart disease and emphysema. In partnership with smoking restrictions, governments have introduced limits on tobacco advertising and have actively publicized the health hazards of smoking through education. Furthermore, the imposition of step wise increases in tobacco taxation has been aimed at discouraging new smokers, especially the young, from taking up the habit. Increased taxation has also provided an incentive for even the most ardent smoker to quit.

Tobacco Companies Respond

The tobacco companies and there supporters have not passively acquiesced to these changes. After all tobacco is big business and employs many workers in tobacco cultivation, processing and manufacture; much is at stake. Big tobacco has responded by shifting their marketing emphasis into the lucrative and large unregulated third world market.

Smoking Bans in History

Of course smoking bans are not a new phenomenon. Soon after tobaccos discovery by the West in the 1500's, governments and even religious leaders, sort to imposes smoking bans on largely non-compliant populations; addictions continue to remain beyond the law. In 1590 Pope Urban V11 exceeded to excommunicate smoking Christians. The Turkish Sultan in 1633 prohibited smoking on the pain of death. He was clearly very anti-smoking indeed and was reported to have executed as many as 18 people a day at the height of the ban; His success repealed Turkey's anti-smoking legislation.

The assault on smokers and smoking, from all directions, is bearing fruit, at least in the developed world. Smoking prevalence in the United States currently stands at 21% of the adult population, this compares favouably with the 42% smoking rate just 45 years ago.

No doubt smoking prevalence will continue to decline. However, further reductions are expected to be hard won. Will a time come when further reductions becomes impossible? Human nature is all about personal freedom. I suspect no matter what the financial and health costs, and regardless of social stigma and public bans, there will always be a hard core minority who will exercise their right to smoke.

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Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is more than a disease of the joints. It is a chronic condition affecting the whole body. In this article I'm going to consider rheumatoid arthritis and especially its possible link and association with smoking. For the benefit of those not familiar with the condition I'll add some introductory material, so bear with me.

The Science Bit

Well, as the name suggests, rheumatoid arthritis is an arthritic condition. The other common form of arthritis is termed osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is due to wear and tear on the joints and is often a disease of old age. Rheumatoid arthritis differs in many respects from osteoarthritis. First off, it can occur at any age. Its onset is often sudden and symptoms such as joint pain are common. The disorder causes joint inflammation and is progressive. If unchecked it damages and destroys joints. It is relatively common and affects about 1% of the population. The cause is really not known, but there seems to be a genetic component which concerns with environmental factors. Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease. In auto-immune immune disorders, the immune system goes 'haywire' and starts attacking normal healthy tissue. In addition to joint damage this condition is often associated with fatigue and a general feeling of 'being unwell'

Smoking and Rheumatoid Arthritis

So what has all this to do with smoking? A Swedish study has found that smoking is an important risk factor in developing the disease. Other factors are important, of course. For instance, women are more prone to the disorder than men; it is more common in the 40 to 60 age group and there is often a family history. Workers at the Karolinska institute in Stockholm looked to see if there was a link between rheumatoid arthritis and smoking. Their research found that heavy smokers, who smoked for at least 20 years, were two and a half times more likely to contain an antibody closely associated with the condition and especially with a severe form of the disease. The researchers agreed that smoking may account for 35% of cases where the antibody is present and 20% of cases overall. It is thought that smoking, particularly heavy smoking, acts as a trigger for the disease in those who already have a genetic predisposition. The risk remains high even in those who have quit smoking. Smoking remains the only known modifiable risk factor for developing rheumatoid arthritis and thus provides a further incentive to quit smoking, or better still, to never start.

The Personal Touch

I was inspired to write this article because my wife is affected with a severe form of rheumatoid arthritis. Also, like me she is an ex-smoker. It is possible that smoking may have in some way contributed to the sunset of her condition, although she was never a heavy smoker. We will never really know. Neverheless, the best thing my wife did, for her overall health, was to quit.

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Why Do Doctors Claim That Smoking Is Addictive?

There are has been an increasingly large division developing in the medical community surrounding the concept that smoking is an addiction. Some doctors and scientists; such as researchers at the University of Tel Aviv, claim that smoking is purely a habit and that tobacco is not in itself addictive. On the other side, many doctors, such as the US Surgeon General, claim that smoking is an addiction to nicotine. So which side is correct? We take the position that smoking is fundamentally a social or stress-relieving habit and that smokers have control over this habit. However, it is always a good idea to understand what the other side is saying-there is often some truth in both sides of an argument. Let's take a look at some of the reasons some doctors believe and promote smoking as an addiction:

Nicotine is addictive : The United States Surgeon General, the head medical doctor of the US government, concluded that nicotine is an addictive substance in 1988. After this proclamation, many other doctors and researchers followed suit and have been able to prove that nicotine causes chemical and biological changes in the brain. That is not the debatable point-the debate revolves around wherever or not these changes lead directly to dependency. It is possible that it does, but more likely that it is working in conjuction with a more powerful coupion or habit in the smoker.

Marketing : Unfortunately, the pharmaceutical industry funds the majority of mainstream medical research. This means that mainstream medical researchers are often looking to solve conditions with a pill rather than personal responsibility. For example, the Nicotine Patch is marked as a way to cure smoking addiction. So is Nicotine gum. People are told that these will cure their biological addictions to smoking by slowly weaning them off nicotine. However, this approach avoids addressing the undering people smoking and avoids helping them realize that smoking is a habit that they can control. This is not to say that primary medicine falsifies research or has malicious intentions, but it is important to see that there is a link between the approach, concluding, and funding.

Most doctors and researchers claiming that smoking is an addiction use the concept that nicotine is an addictive substance as their central argument. Whether or not this is true is difficult to discern, but what does not take a rocket scientist to figure out is that smoking is a habit, something that people choose to do out of their own free will, although often as a way to tieve stress or cave in to social pressures. Approaching smoking as a habit does not have to dispute the fact that nicotine is a harmful or even addictive substance-both concepts can coexist; because what is most important is teaching people to control their habits not give in and give up because they think they are biologically incapable of putting that last cigarette out.

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How Did You Learn to Smoke

There are a couple elementary ways people learn to smoke; modeling and conditioning. Most people who take up smoking have their first cigarette in their teenage years because they see someone else doing it. It could be a family member, friend, mentor or movie star. When this occurs it is referred to as modeling. A person learns by watching someone else model the behavior and then tries it themselves.

Obviously, teenagers have the idea in their head that they are indestructible so they push through the coughing, hacking, burning eyes and nasty taste just to feel the effects of nicotine. Nicotine is a powerful drug, which addictive properties are compared to that of heroin. Exposure to nicotine can create a pleasurable feeling in the brain which may lead to conditioning. Conditioning occurs as a person smokes they may feel like they have more energy, think they are cool or behave in a more confident manner. Even though these are perceived as positive benefits of smoking they are actually negative because a person does not need to be an addict to feel, think and have this way. Rarely are the health consequences of smoking considered during this time.

The longer a person smokers to change the way they feel, think and have the harder it is to quit. Sometimes many smokers can not make it through the day because they think they need a cigarette to deal with stress, boredom, hunger, deadlines, anger, frustration, anxiety, and the like. Not to mention the uncomfortable feelings of nicotine withdrawal the body experiences between cigarettes.

Smoking is a learned behavior, people are not born smokers. It poisons the body of smokers and everyone exposed to it. There is no safe level of exposure and has devastating effects on society costing hundreds of millions of dollars each year not to mention the hundreds of thousands that that die annually from a smoking related illness.

The good news is that smoking can be unlearned but first you need to recognize that you need help and want to quit. Recognize the reasons and triggers that make you want to smoke and develop a plan to manage your life to avoid or minimize them. Consider the watching eyes; are you parenting by example hiring your little ones will not follow in your footsteps? There is a reason we have a saying, “The apple does not fall far from the tree.” because often, it does not. Consider the impact your actions are having on your family and how you have been conditioned. There is no better day than today to undo the damage you have done and take your life back. You can not lock yourself in a tower but you can learn new healthy ways of coping with daily life.

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Quit Smoking Side Effects – Don’t Be Afraid

There are horrible rumors out in the world about the quit smoking side effects by many people. In fact the information is little true but individuals who have strong will should feel rather self-protected. So, you may have been curious about the whole matter about the possible side effects of quitting smoking. Likewise, quitting smoking could be same as quitting any forms of addiction and the difficulty is not as scary as you might be thinking. If you have good care and great assistance for you, then it would pass away in a relatively short period of time.

During the treatment process, you may feel like smoking but it will gradually decrease as the days pass and you will give a much less priority to it. The bigger challenge, however, regarding the quit smoking side effects you will face is the withdrawal of nicotine since, it is the addictive substance found in cigarette. When you smoked, nicotine occupied the normal function of the brain, and as a result you smoke more and more as you seek to feel the pleasure of smoking. So, even though you are getting out of the smoking habit, your brain asks for that sense of pleasure which nicotine beholds. There would be withdrawal symptoms after you stop smoking or anytime when cutting the nicotine intakes, they start to appear as various side effects of quitting smoking. Some common symptoms are irritation, depression, and more changes in the moods or emotional factors. You can find these changes during or after the treatment process. And more curious, if you're not getting completely involved in another situations or work, the more you want to go back to smoke.

In addition, these quit smoking side effects will make you unable to properly focus on the usual routines and work you are doing in past days. But you have to give more efforts on eliminating the habit rather than taking it personally every time you feel like struggling. Yes, for some days it would be difficult for you but after all, you will enjoy all the benefits of quitting smoking. Trust that you are fully able to do your work as you did and also you will have more time for work and your family. During the treatment, you may feel difficulty in sleeping that severely means that you might not have a good night of rest and feeling half-awake the next morning. Keeping in mind that, all these annoying side effects of quitting smoking can only affect you for a short period time while the nicotine is leaving your body, and after you quit smoking, you will feel completely comfortable. Although one person can feel miserable if they let it, just keep your mind in peace and relax as much as you can during the process. In some cases, you can feel the sharp pain in your chest, coughs, colds, headaches or sometimes fever but do not take it significantly as they are just some expected quit smoking side effects and your body getting rid of the toxic materials. So, you have to drink lots and lots of water, and perhaps adding an aspirin or other pain killers from a physician.

You are not too far from the benefits of quitting smoking

Altogether, it can take some time to relieve you from the stressful days but the good news is that it will not be long. Not exactly but on average, all the irritating effects of quitting smoking would have been drawn out in about 10 days, the toughness would have been reduced and you will start to feel great and healthy day by day. You have to consider that getting pain on certain days are far better than taking all the detrimental damages of nicotine for your entire life. Additionally, after the quit smoking side effects completely subside, you would be able to build up a strong body and live life to the fullest. You will also find positive effects with the friends, family and the entire society. Visualizing the good benefits of quitting smoking would accompany you all the way to success and endorse on the fact that you are doing the right thing!

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Anti-Smoking Nicotine Free Patch Can Help You to Quit Smoking

At present, lots of people smoke in spite of the fact that they are aware of the risks that this vice implies. Most of the people considered that smoking is the choice of every person, and smokers can leave this bad habit whenever they want without much pain. Unfortunately, things have proven not to be quite so. Nicotine is a powerful addictive drug. Smokers can not leave smoking easily.

It has also been discovered that this substance is as dangerous and addictive as cocaine or heroin.

Fetal Effects of Nicotine

• Losing your appetite counts among nicotine effects and it is a reason why people are not giving up smoking. Fearing that they might gain weight, they go on smoking without knowing any hazards and harms.

• As soon as a smoker has become dependent on this drug, there is the risk to experience awful emotional and physical withdrawal effects in case that he is trying to renounce smoking. These withdrawal symptoms include dizziness, irritability, lack of energy and concentration, a restless sleep, anger, tiredness and depression.

• Nicotine consumption often leads to cardiovascular diseases, and many times these diseases are mortal. This substance hardens and narrows the arteries, and blood clots are formed. This awful effect can be fatal to smokers.

• Cancer is another fatal disease provoked by nicotine consumption. It can provoke throat cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, kidneys cancer, pancreas cancer, bladder cancer or cervical cancer. These are only a few examples.

• Nicotine and impotence are consistently related to each other.

Fortunately, those, who want to give up smoking, can successfully use Anti-Smoking Nicotine Free Patch. All you have to do is to peel the patch and to apply it on a dry, hairless and clean area. You have to keep it for 24 hours. It is also recommended to drink much water every day. Water will help you to flush out the toxins and to replace the important fluids. Keeping a healthy diet combined with regular exercises will help you to have great benefits.

This product is 100% safe because it is made only from herbals. It contains alfalfa, golu kola, Echinacea, hops, oats, skullcap, peppermint, gentian, ginger-root, myrrh, passion flower, licorice root, bayberry, eucalyptus, safflower and Vitamin E.

Anti-Smoking Nicotine Free Patch comes with great advantages. It is free. It has guaranteed beneficial effects. You can give up smoking without side effects, and you will not experience awful withdrawal effects while you are using it.

Even if it is an herbal product and 100% safe, it is advisable to read and respect the manufacturer's directions. It is also wise to consult your physician before starting this program. In case you see some side effects, stop using the product immediately and consult a doctor.

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Nicotine, Cigarettes and Addiction

Why do we Smoke?

If you ask people why they smoke you often get some interesting answers. They may say that it helps them to relax or concentrate on a difficult problem. Sometimes it gives them something to do with their hands. Some say they enjoy smoking while others know that that is a habit that is hard to break. The truth is much simpler- smokers are added to the drug nicotine. Furthermore, cigarettes are designed as efficient nicotine delivery systems. Smokers are very good at maintaining their desired blood nicotine levels by regulating cigarette consumption. So what is so special about nicotine and why is it so addictive? Nicotine is an insecticide, admittedly a natural one, and is a very potent poison indeed. Nicotine has evolved as the tobacco plants way of avoiding being ate by insects. Unfortunately for humans, the structure of nicotine is very similar to the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is involved in the pleasure and reward pathways in the brain. Within 10 seconds of puffing on a cigarette, nicotine hits and effects the brain producing a mixture high. Interestingly, the influence nicotine has on the brain depends on the dose. At low doses it acts as a stimulant and increases concentration, at higher doses it acts as relaxant. The pharmacological effects of nicotine on the brain are complex and influence several pleasure pathways, in a way similar to other addictive drugs like amphetamines. Nicotine is not the only addictive compound in cigarette smoke. Research has shown that acetaldehyde, also present in tobacco, acts in concert with nicotine to increase nicotine's pleasurable properties.

Nicotine Addiction and Other Factors

Factors which affect an individual's response to nicotine are complex, as is the nature and depth of the addiction itself. In fact, a minority of individuals seem to be reliably immune and can smoke on a regular basis and remain non-addicted. It is to be emphasized that this representations of minority of smokers and enterprises no more than 10% of the total. Genetic factors have been found to influence how addicted to nicotine we become. Smokers with a certain genetic profile find it very hard to give up. Unfortunately, the same genetic profile also increases their chances of developing lung cancer through smoking. Recent research has shown that women seem to have more difficulty quitting than men. Dark pigmented people also find it harder to quit than those with lighter skins. This latter observation may be due to the fact that nicotine is known to interact with melanin, the pigment responsible for skin colouration.

It seems that tobacco companies have known since the 1960's that nicotine is the addictive component in tobacco, but have chosen, for obvious reasons, not to admit it, until reliably recently.

Giving up Smoking is Hard

Tobacco is difficult to give up, but not impossible. With support it is possible to become smoke free. The smoker should admit that they are drug addicts, and as with other addictions, require help to quit. Those addicts that accept support, whether through a program, or through nicotine replacement therapy, or by other active means, are more likely to break this pernicious and deadly habit than by cold turkey alone.

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Smoking Leads To A Shorter Life

Smoking leads to a shorter life. Sounds like a dramatic news headline, but there is nothing dramatic or comical about it: smoking will kill you faster, plain and simple. One of the main reasons you should quit smoking if you have a tobacco habit is because quitting today will start to build your life expectancy back up. Let's take a look at some of the ways in which smoking affects your life expectancy so that you can make the decision to change your habits today.

We are all well aware that smoking leads to various serious health problems such as lung cancer, emphysema, and heart disease. Smoking also weakens the immune systems and makes your body more prone to viral and bacterial infections. All of these factors combined contribute to a shorter life expectancy for smokers: experts estimate that a smokers' life expectancy decrees by about 10 years in comparison with non-smokers. This number is chilling when you think about it-ten years less to enjoy your family, friends, hobbies, and anything else that you cherish about your life. The good news is, quitting smoking will put you back on the track to health and a longer life. The sooner you quit smoking, the sooner you begin to attenuate the harmful effects of tobacco so that you can rebuild your life expectancy. This is particularly true if you are a young smoker: according to a study published in the British Medical Journal, smokers who quit before the age of 30 actually have the same life expectancy of non-smokers. This statistic provides an excellent incentive to quit smoking now, especially if you are young.

There will always be skeptics concerning the dramatic impact smoking has on your life expectation because there will always be exceptions: there are people who have smoked a pack a day for 50 years and never develop one cancerous cell and there are people who are health nuts that die from some form of cancer when they are only 40. Do not let the pro-smoking cynics fool you: the aforementioned anomalies are smoke screened (no pun intended) used to cloud out the fact that smoking is extremely and reliably hazardous to your health, and it will lead to health problems if you engage in it long-term.

If you want to avoid decreasing your life expectancy, then quit smoking. There are many factors in life that can lead to an early death, so why willingly engage in increasing your risks? Smoking is a habit and you have the power to quit. You may not have the power to control how long you live, but you do have the power to control your habits and avoid those that detract from your physical well-being.

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Lungs and Smoking

Lung Damage of Smoking

So what does smoking actually do to your lungs? I've chosen specifically to look at the lungs as these organs face the full brunt and effect of tobacco smoke. They are the organ that is in direct contact with concentrated smoke every time the smoker draws on a cigarette. Other parts of the body are also in direct contact such as the mouth, nasal cavity and throat. But the lungs are unique for two reasons. Firstly, the surface area of ​​the lung is vast. It is estimated that the surface area of ​​the average lung is about 160 square meters. This is equivalent to the area of ​​a single tennis court. The large surface area of ​​the lung is a consequence of millions of small sacs, called alveoli. Therefore, cigarette smoke can wreak direct damage to a large area of ​​the body during a single inhale. The large surface area is designed to enable the efficient intake of oxygen, which is essential for life and for the exhalation of the waste product of metabolism, carbon dioxide. These moisture rich alveoli are designed to allow efficient gas exchange.

Tar in Lungs is Not Good

Secondly, by virtue of their design, they are also efficient at absorbing the myriad of toxins, chemicals and of course nicotine directly into the blood stream. From there, these chemicals are pumped directly to every organ and tissue in the body where they can wreak cellular damage. A third consideration relates to the nature of tobacco smoke itself. Not all chemicals are absorbed through the lungs and continue elsewhere, some coalesce and stay put. Tar coats lig tissues and tar contains nitrosamines. Nitrosamines are potent cancer causing chemicals and have been directly linked to lung cancer. The sticky nature of tar means that it is hard to remove and there before it puts put with its associated cocktail of nasty chemicals directly in contact with delicate lung tissue. This layer increases with time as the smoker continues to smoke and adds, by accretion, to this sticky poisonous sludge.

Cilia Black

And lastly, tobacco smoke destroys cilia. Cilia are fine hair like projections that line the upper respiratory tract. Normally they are responsible for wafting out mucous containing contaminants from the respiratory system. They act as the lungs 'house cleaners'. Of course smoking prevents this cleaning process resulting in the accumulation of stuff, not only stuff produced by smoking, but also naturally occurring contaminants such as pollen and dust particles; This gunk slowly accumulates. Not only is the risk of lung cancer increased, but the toxins present trigger other respiratory conditions such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Wonderful Lungs

The lungs are marvellous organs and are remarkably resilient to environmental assault. There are designed that way. They are exposed to a wide range of naturally occurring particles that enter the lung every day. Under normal conditions they meet and expel these contaminants very efficiently. However, the additional injury caused by smoking , over a long period, is a recipe for lung disease and death.

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Psychological Addiction to Smoking

Physical and Psychological Addiction to Smoking

I do not deny that there is a psychological component to smoking addiction. However, I have always been of the opinion that its importance is relatively minor when compared to the physical addiction to nicotine. Depending on source, you will see more or less emphasis placed on the importance of psychological dependence on smoking behavior. Some experts take an extreme view playing down the physical addiction. I've read that the physical addiction only lasts two days and if you relapse after this period it is down to psychological aspects of the addiction. I suspect the author is a life long non-smoker. Anyone who has smoked and tried to quit will know different. I think this sort of advice is counter productive as it instils in the mind of the smoker that quitting should be a reliably easy process. After all, if you can last two days without cigarettes you only have to deal with your psychological dependence on tobacco; the fight against the physical addiction has been won. Absolute nonsense. You can be assured that physical dependency does not go away after two days. Physical addiction to nicotine will be around for a while. We are all different and I suppose this also applies to nicotine addiction. Not everyone is addicted to the same degree. The reasons for individual differences in response to nicotine addiction are complex, although differences in our genetic make up have an important influence. Individuals will vary in how long they remain physically addicted to nicotine. Taking an average however, six months is not an unreasonable estimate. Although it may take longer than this for you to be entirely comfortable with your new found non-smoker status.

Psychological Smoking Addiction

So what is meant by psychological addiction to smoking? Smoking behavior, like most human behaviors, is complex. Smoking is often associated with particular activities, often activities that are pleasurable in themselves. So for instance, smokers may reach for a cigarette with their cup of coffee, after meals and after sex. These associations become ingrained in the smoker's life. The association between these separate activities becomes habitual. Smokers became conditioned. The smell of coffee, or the taste of an alcoholic drink, for example, will trigger an urge to smoke irrespective of whether there is a physical need to smoke to maintain nicotine levels.

Combined Approach Needed

It is important that the smoker, wishing to become a non-smoker, tackles this component of their smoking addiction. In my considered opinion, psychological and behavioral aspects of tobacco addiction are a lot easier to deal with than the physical aspects of nicotine addiction. Changing your behavior and avoiding situations which act as cues for your smoking habit will no doubt play a part in your overall strategy to remain smoke free.

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Your Health and Giving Up Smoking

The Healing Process

The sooner you give up smoking the better. As soon as you quit your amazing body starts the healing process, even after many years of smoking abuse. Our bodies have incredible healing properties, given the chance. When you stop assaulting your system with tobacco induced toxins the body will begin a slow and long journey to normality.

Quit Smoking Timeline

It is a good idea to take note of how your body responds when you become a non-smoker. The American Cancer Society provides a summary of these responses through a timeline. This timeline is a guide and should not be viewed as an absolute. We are all different and individual bodies heal at different rates.

Within 20 minutes after smoking your last cigarette many of your critical life signs will start to return to normal. Pulse and heart rate will return to a more natural level. Your blood vessels will no longer be under the constrictive influence of nicotine and your circulation will improve.

Carbon Monoxide and Smoking

If you can hold out for 8 hours without smoking then carbon monoxide levels in your body decrease allowing your tissues to receive more life giving oxygen. Carbon monoxide is a potent poison and binds to haemoglobin in the blood. This significantly reduces oxygen absorption and restricts oxygen available to all cells in the body. At this stage you may notice people commenting how fresh your breath has become; stale and foul smelling breath is a thing of the past. After a day your carbon monoxide levels should return to that of a non-smoker. The chance of you having a heart attack decreases. You are now seeing some real positive health benefits of remaining smoke free.

Smokers Cough

Smoking impairs the senses of taste and smell. It takes only about two days for these senses to become keener. You may also notice that you begin to cough. This is normal and indicates that your lung cleaning processes have awakened and are beginning to remove accumulated mucus, tar and debris from your tobacco clogged lungs. As your lungs begin to clear you will notice that your breathing becomes easier and more natural.

Lung Function Improves

By three months your lung capacity will have increased by a third. As these benefits start to accumulate you will find your ability to perform physical exercise will improve. Between one to nine months most of the symptoms of congestion will have disappeared, including coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Hair like projections, called cilia, start to renew in the respiratory tract. These minute projections are the lungs purifiers cleaning the airways of mucous, pollen and dust. Smoking destroys these projections which mean the lungs lose their capacity for self cleaning. After one year as a non-smoker your overall risk of heart disease is about half of what it would be if you had continued to smoke. At the two year mark the risk of having a heart attack returns to a non-smokers level.

Lung Cancer and Smoking

After five years of smoking abstinence the risk of contracting lung cancer is reduced by about 50%. Cancers of the throat and mouth are also reduced by 50%. After ten to fifteen years your risk of a stroke returns to that of the non-smoker. At ten years your risk of lung cancer will almost be that of a non-smoker. Unfortunately it is illegally to reach the level of a life long non-smoker. Risks of dying from other smoking induced cancers, such as cancer of the pancreas, kidneys or bladder also decreases. Stopping smoking for fifteen years results in your risk of developing heart disease being reduced to that of a life long non-smoker.

Quitting Smoking Affects Everything

This article outlines some of the real and positive health benefits of quitting smoking. But stopping smoking will influence almost every aspect of life including your mental and social well being. You will no longer be a slave to the drug nicotine. No longer will you have to base your life around when you can or not smoke. You will be truly free. Quitting smoking improves every aspect of your life and the best time to quit is always now.

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Quit Smoking So You Can Live a Longer Life

Smoking as you well know is one of the hardest habits to break. The sooner that you find a way to break this habit the better your chance is that you will live longer. Smoking can damage internal organs and it happens over a period of time. Some people make the mistake of saying that they have smoked all their lives, so why stop at this point? You can improve your chances of not getting cancer and other damage caused by smoking when you stop.

There are an assortment of products that available for you to buy that can help you to quit smoking. It actually can be a little overwhelming because there are so many items to choose from and you are not sure which ones to try. Before making any purchases you want to see if other people who have used these products have had any results. You have to remember that everyone is different and the success rate will be different.

You should visit your doctor as well and see what they recommend. They may be able to suggest a product that has worked well for there patients to stop smoking. They will be able to prescribe a medication or patch that is not an over the counter product and you can only get it with a prescription. Again with any type of product that you decide to use to quit smoking you want to find out if it is a good product or a waste of money.

Look online for reviews of quit smoking products. There is no better way to find out if something is effective and worth buying then if you get see good reviews from people who have used it and have been satisfied with the item they bought. It can be hard to go through all the things you see and choose what is best. Let others guide you with their reviews so that you can have a level of confidence when looking for a great remedy to stop smoking.

Remember that smoking can cause health problems and can reduce the years you will live. It is hard to quit but using several methods for finding a solution will help you to avoid having health problems due to smoking related illness. There are quit smoking products that can help you to kick the habit by limiting your craving to light up a cigarette. No matter which item you use it needs to be effective so that you can finally stop smoking and increase your chance of living a long and healthy life.

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