Tuesday, July 19, 2011

YES! YOU CAN! Stop Smoking

Stop Smoking
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over one million people quit smoking each year. They reach the decision that the risks to their health — as well as to the health of their loved ones and people around them — are no longer acceptable. It is a monumental decision, as any smoker will tell you, one that is not reached without difficulty or determination.

Thanks to the availability of a number of over-the-counter aids, smokers who want to kick the habit now have access to some very real assistance in overcoming their physical dependence on cigarettes.
Smoking Is An Insult To Your Whole Body

Cigarette smoking is the most widespread example of drug dependency in this country today. Many experts believe that it may be even more resistant to treatment than addiction to heroin. The reason for the addiction is nicotine, which is the only known psycho-active ingredient in tobacco smoke.

Once nicotine finds its way to the brain, it triggers the release of some powerful chemicals, sending signals throughout the body. For those who are dependent upon the substance, nicotine produces a state of enhanced pleasure, decreased anxiety and a sense of being alert but relaxed.

There are over 3000 chemicals in cigarette smoke, including carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, benzine, formaldehyde, acetone, hydrogen cyanide, ammonia — to name just a few. Within seconds of taking a puff, the cardiovascular system becomes highly stressed; the pulse increases 15-25 beats per minute, and the blood pressure rises about 10 to 20 points on both scales. Basically, these effects from smoking impact on your body about the same way as being on a treadmill all day long.

After your body has become dependent on cigarettes, taking them away can cause a whole range of physical reactions or symptoms…irritability, restlessness, headaches, difficulty sleeping, anxiety and even difficulty concentrating. While it is the nicotine in cigarettes which causes the addiction, it is the other harmful chemicals, tars and carbon monoxide that cause lung cancer and heart disease.

Recently, using nicotine to help people quit smoking has been approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is now avilable in a chewing gum and through a “patch.” The nicotine is time-released into the bloodstream, satisfies the “craving” and relieves some of the other withdrawal symptoms, allowing the person to concentrate on their commitment to quit. The nicotine therapy is not a panacea; however, the person must sincerely want to break their smoking habit and follow instructions for using the “medication.”

The nicotine replacement therapy works best when supplemented by smoking cessation instruction. In addition to controlling the physical desire to light up a cigarette, the emotional desire must be conquered, as well.

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