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Friday, July 26, 2013

Don’t Commit Suicide: Don’t Smoke

Quitting to Smoke
Smoking is a global hazard. In fact, it is one of the primary causes of preventable premature deaths in the world. The number of smokers continues to increase, comprising people of different ages, gender, and races. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe, Shisha, Huqua, and the other uses of tobacco like tobacco sniffling and chewing tobacco are all addictive and dangerous. The nicotine that is present in a tobacco smoke is the prime cause of addiction as it increases the brain levels of chemicals such as Endorphine and Dopamine. These chemicals provide the smoker sense happiness, the reason why they always crave for tobacco. A tobacco smoke is consists of more or less 4, 000 chemicals, wherein 200 of them are known to be poisonous, and 60 are cancer causing. Tobacco smoke causes the hardening of the blood vessels, which leads to stroke and heart attack. In addition, it contains carbon monoxide that decreases the levels of oxygen in the blood.

In addition, cigarette smoking poses high risk of developing various chronic disorders which include lung diseases and cancer. One of the main reasons for smoking-related deaths is Atherosclerosis. It is a progressive hardening of the artery which is caused by the fatty plaque deposits, as well as the thickening and scarring of the walls of the artery. The inflammation in the walls of the artery and the blood clots obstructs the blood flow. On the other hand, oxygen decreases the supply of oxygen to the heart, which leads to an increased heart rate and blood pressure. At the same time, it damages the cells lining the arteries and the clotting factors in the blood increases. The risk of having a heart attack becomes higher when a person continues to smoke for a long time. Those who consume a pack on a daily basis have two times risk to have a heart attack compared to non-smokers. And for those patients who have been diagnosed to have a heart disease have an increased risk of death which includes sudden cardiac death.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Fight the Cravings of Nicotine Withdrawal

Stop Smoking Habit

You made a big decision to stop the smoking habit. You are dealing with the cravings well, until the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal made the ordeal more difficult for you. Is this the time for you to rekindle your broken relationship with cigarettes, or will you go on with what you have started—courageously enduring the difficulties of quitting until you win in the end?

What is it in smoking that makes the habit very difficult to break? The answer is primarily nicotine, the highly addictive substance found in tobacco that causes pleasure and yes, and cravings. The symptoms of nicotine withdrawal usually start within hours and reach its peak two to three days after your last puff. However, they can last for days, even weeks, depending on the level of the smoker’s cigarette addiction.