The nicotine found in cigarettes is highly addictive. In fact, studies show that up to 90 per cent of people who smoke have developed an addiction to this substance. Nicotine can affect various organs in your body — increasing your risks of developing smoking-related illnesses. Below are some of the harmful effects of smoking:
- High blood pressure and heart rate due to thick blood.
- Narrowing of arteries which greatly reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your organs.
- Heart disease
- Lung cancer
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Skin disorders
- Dental and mouth problems
Lung cancer and COPD are responsible for up to 84 per cent and 83 per cent of deaths, respectively. In the UK, smoking is the single biggest culprit of preventable deaths which account for more than 80,000 fatalities annually.
Why it is Difficult to Stop Smoking
Cigarettes contain a very addictive substance called nicotine. It only takes an average of ten seconds for this chemical to reach the brain. Once it’s there, it stimulates your brain to produce adrenaline — giving you a pleasurable boost of energy. The problem is tolerance. Once your body gets used to nicotine, it will take more and more doses of this substance to get high. Thus, forming an addiction.
Smokers who become dependent on nicotine use the substance as an escape when they feel stressed, tired, sad, or irritated. It’s after this point that smoking becomes a habit which is hard to let go.
The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Like all addictions, quitting smoking is difficult but not impossible. There are people who have successfully broken the habit and they are now enjoying these amazing benefits:
- More energy
- Better dental health
- Breathing becomes easier
- Better sexual performance (studies show that smoking increases a man’s risk of developing erectile dysfunction by half!)
- Improves fertility
- Makes you look younger
Aside from these personal benefits, quitting smoking is also good for those around you as second-hand smoke can also cause stroke, lung cancer, and heart disease — particularly among children and elderlies.
How to Stop Smoking
Quitting smoking is hard. But like what most people say, it all begins in the mind. So, the first step to quitting this deadly habit is to recognize its dangers and make the decision to drop it for good. Once you’ve made that decision, you can now look into a variety of products and practices that can help you ditch smoking.
Two of the most common approach used by experts are:
- Taking nicotine replacement products
- Behavioral therapy
Surrounding yourself with people who support you (i.e. a support group, or a close circle of friends and family) is also important. Take note that only 7 per cent of people who decided to quit smoking without help or support succeed.
Stop Smoking Tablets
Another way to help you quit smoking is by taking a medication designed and proven to relieve your cravings and reduce your withdrawal symptoms. One example of such medication is Champix. This treatment help curb your nicotine addiction by using an active ingredient called varenicline.
Varenicline works by binding to nicotine receptors in your brain, blocking nicotine. And as a result, you don’t feel as much pleasure from nicotine as before when you smoke. This makes withdrawal easier as you won’t be craving for the drug as much. Studies show that Champix, together with proper support and help, can help smokers quit in just about two weeks.
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