January 10, 2011

Smoking is as much a psychological pleasure as it is a physiological satisfaction. As most smokers say “It is not the taste that counts. It’s that sense of satisfaction you get from a cigarette that you can’t get from anything else.” But what are the risks!!

Why people smoke??

Most of us are hungry for rewards. We want to be patted on the back. Smokers rewards are a cigarettes. When you finished this piece of work or your on a break you will say to your self I will have a cigarette.
The first and last cigarette in the day are especially significant rewards. Also smoking is often merely a conditioned reflex. Certain situations, such as coming out of the subway, beginning and ending work, voluntary and involuntary interruptions of work, feelings of hunger, and many others regulate the timetable of smoking. Often a smoker may not even want a cigarette particularly, but she will see someone else take one and then she feels that he must have one, too. While to many people smoking is fun, and a reward in itself, it more often accompanies other pleasures. At meals, a cigarette is somewhat like another course. That’s why it’s so difficult to give smoking up!!!!

Smoking facts!!!

Smoking can harm almost every organ in your body and everyone that’s around you. According to the World Health Organization 5.4 Million people die this year from smoking and 1 billion people died from smoking this century. Its not even including millions of deaths of nonsmokers that died from the result of second-hand smoking. When you put this statistic in perspective, more people die from smoking than accidents from cars, suicides, AIDS, murders, alcohol and drugs combined. Smoking causes many types of cancers such as pancreatic, kidney, stomach, cervix, lung and throat cancers. Smoking cigarettes can have many adverse effects on your reproductive system, such as infertility, pre-term labor, stillbirth, low birth weight or sudden infant death syndrome.

Smoking can result in other conditions such as emphysema, stroke, heart disease and many other serious complications. Blood vessels can become damaged, which can result in impotence or erectile dysfunction in men. You also can develop what is known as a smoker’s cough. Other effects can include wheezing, not being able to catch your breath, chest pain, respiratory infections like pneumonia, weight loss, loss of appetite and fatigue.

Smoking is a choice, you choose your fate…..

Here are a few tips on how to change!!!!!

1. Start with some pre-preparation by ensuring that you really do want to quit smoking cigarettes and understanding why you smoke. Make sure these reasons are powerful enough to motivate you to want to change your self. Write down your reasons for quitting. Set yourself a date for quitting. Try and choose a date that will be stress free but when you can find plenty to do to keep yourself busy. Try and set a date within about two weeks of reading this.

2. Ask your doctor for advice. This is especially important if you have health problems or are concerned about issues such as weight gain. Consider finding yourself a quitting partner relatives, work colleagues and friends are a good place to start. Set a date to quit together and you will be able to give each other support. If you can’t find anyone, then don’t give your self excuses do it by yourself, you will gain more achievement as it’s hard to give up the habit.

3. Think about starting an exercise program and a sensible eating plan. Again speak to your doctor or dietitian. Exercise will give you more energy and help you to relax and relieve stress. You should know what triggers your desire for a cigarette, such as stress, the end of a meal, drinking in a bar, etc. Avoid these triggers while you are trying to quit or if that’s not possible, decide how you will deal with the triggers.

4. Decide what you will do when you experience cravings. As we’ve discussed deep breathing, a short walk and keeping you self busy will help to take your mind off the cravings. Perhaps you can think of other ways. Write them down. Remember these cravings will only last for 3-5 minutes at a time. If you have tried quitting before maybe you came across a stumbling block which we have discussed such as finding something to do with your hands. If so, you need to arm yourself with a solution to these foreseeable problems. Get yourself a pen, or stress relief aid to fiddle with, if occupying your hands is a problem.

5. Be positive and confident you can quit. You have spent time and energy planning how you will deal with the task ahead by following our tips for giving up smoking. Believe you can and you will do it if you persevere.

Benifits of changing!!!!!!!!!!

Slowly but surely these things will happen once you stop smoking!!!!!
Blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
Oxygen levels return to normal. Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half.
Carbon monoxide levels in blood drop to normal.
Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucous and other smoking debris.
There is no nicotine left in the body. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
Circulation improves. Lung function increases.
Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung functions are increased by up to 10%.
Excess risk of coronary heart disease is reduced by about half and declines gradually hereafter.
Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker. Risk of stroke returns to the level of people who have never smoked (5 – 15 years).
Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.
Risk of lung cancer is reduced to close to that observed in nonsmokers. Risk of coronary heart disease falls to the same as someone who has never smoked. If you have quit smoking before age 50 you have halved the risk of dying in the next 15 years compared with continuing smokers.

Love yourself, body and others around you!!!!!!!


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