Consequences of Smoking

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Cigarette Smoking

The most commonly abused drugs is cigarrette which most youths, some old men throughout the world today, habitually engage in somking. The Encyclopedia Britannica 3rd edition defines smoking as the iinhalation and exhalation of the fumes of burning tobacco in cigarette, cigars, pipes and cannabis or marijuana(Indian hemp)

Evertwhere along the road, in market, restaurants, private home, in the village e.t.c., the acid smell of tobacco always rent in  the air, exposing to us serious health hazards. To most people, somking is way of relieving tension, some say aroma (odour) of cigarette is really inviting, while some smoke in the name of belonging to what they call ‘class or model’. To them, it is also a way of life. They fill that they are ‘big guys’ if they smoke. It beats my imagination seeing a human being inhaling smoke into his system like
a chimney and claiming to be happy. The  worst of all is the passive smoking where non-smokers are exposed to harmful substances like nicotine and tar. Medical expert aver that smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer, heart diseases, diabetes and respiratory diseases. It is also, implicated in leukemia, cataract, pneumonia, cancer of the kidney, pancreas and stomach. It is further responsible for the rampant cases of infertility in our society. The peak of this devstation is death.

What is in tobacco?
Cigarette, cigars and spit and pipe tobacco are made from dried lives tobacco leaves, as well as ingredients added for flavors and other reasons. More than 4,000 different chemicals have been found in tobacco and tobacco smoke. Among these are more than 60 chemicals known to cause canser (carcinogens).
Many substances are added to cigarettes by manufacturers to enhance the flavor or to make smoking  more pleasant. Some of the compounds in tobacco smoke include ammonia, tar and carbon monoxide.
As of now, cigarette manufacturers are not  required to give
out information to the public about the addictives used in cigarette, which 
has made it harder to determine their possible health risks. But with the passage of the new federal law, manufactureres must submit lists of ingredients to the food and drug adminisration (FDA) starting in 2010. The FDA will make list of harmful ingredients available to the public by or before june 2013

Nicotine addiction
Tobacco smoking is the practice where tobacco is burned and the vapors either tasted or inhaled. The practice began as early as 5000-3000BCE. A drug such as nicotine, found in cigarette and tobacco products, cannabis or marijuana, alcohol and some pain relieving drugs which may see harmeless, is addictive. It is regarded as an addictive because its constant usage causes some physiological adaptation of the body to a new chemical enviroment.
Addicition is marked by repeated, compulsive seeking or use of a substances despite its harmful effects and unwanted consequences. Addiction is defined as mental and emotional dependence on the substance. Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco. Regular use of tobacco products leads to addiction in many users

                       How Powerful is nicotine additction?
About 70% of smokers say they want to quit and about 40% try to quit each year, but only 4% to 7% succeed wthout help. This is because smokers not only become physically depndent on nicotine ; there is a strong emotional (psychological) dependence. This is what leads to relapse after quiting. The smokers smopking with social and many other activities. Smokers may also use cigarettes to help manage upleasant feelings and emotions, which can become a problem for some smokers when they want quit. All of these factors make smoking a hard habbit to quit.

                       Secrets On How To Quit Smoking
  Start your stop smoking plan with START
S= Set a quit date
T= Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you plan to quit
A=Anticipate and plan for the challanges you’ll face while quiting.
R= Remove cigarettes and other tobacco products from your home, car, and work.
T=Talk to your doctor about getting help to quit

After quitting, you may feel dizzy, restless or even have strong headaches because you’re lacking the immediate release of sugar that comes from nicotine. You may also have bigger appetite. These. Sugar-related cravings should only last a few days until your body adjusts so keep your sugar level a bit higher than usual on those  days by drinking plenty of juice (unless you’re a diabetic). It will help prevent the caraving symptoms and help your body re-adjust back to normal

Additional tips to deal with cravings and withdrawl symptoms

* Stay active: Keep yourself distracted and occupied, go for walks.
* Keep your hands/fingers busy: Squeeze balls, pencils, or paper clips are good substitutes to satisfy that need for tactile simulation.
* Keep your mind busy: Read a book or magazines, listen to some music you love.
* Find anoral substitute: Keep other things around to pop in your moth when you’re caraving a cigarette.
*Good choice include mints, hardcandy, carrot or celery sticks, gum, and sun flower seeds.
* Drink lots of water: Flushing toxins from your body minimizes withdrawl symptoms and help craving past faster. There are lots of ways toimprove your mood without smoking. 

With all these one should be be able to quit smoking habbits and also know the harmful effects of somking.

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