Smoking kills more than 440,000 people a year, making it more lethal than AIDS, automobile accidents, homicides, suicides, drug overdoses and fires combined. Think twice before you smoke that cigarette.
Smoking may be even more dangerous now than 30 years ago, most likely because the lower tar and nicotine levels in most cigarette brands cause people to inhale more deeply. Even cutting back smoking by more than half does not cut the risk of poor health for heavy smokers, only quitting helps.
Think about your own health
Think about the health of your loved ones
Smoking not only harms your health but the health of those around you. Exposure to secondhand smoke (also called environmental tobacco smoke or passive smoking) includes exhaled smoke as well as smoke from burning cigarettes.
Smoking by mothers is linked to a higher risk of their babies developing asthma in childhood, especially if the mother smokes while pregnant. It is also associated with sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and low-birth weight infants. Babies and children raised in a household where there is smoking have more ear infections, colds, bronchitis and other respiratory problems than children from nonsmoking families. Secondhand smoke can also cause eye irritation, headaches, nausea, and dizziness.
In general, passive smokers have about the same risk of active smokers.
When Smokers Quit – What Are the Benefits Over Time?
How to quit?
Several sources can give guidance to quit smoking, but the most important thing is your own decision and will power to stop smoking. Always keep in mind the health problem it causes, the benefits of quitting and believe that you can quit and have a better life without it.
If you seem to face problems in your self-help stop smoking program, seek professional advice and don’t hesitate to see your doctor.
What will happen when I stop smoking?
How you feel when you stop depends on how much you smoked, how addicted your body is to nicotine and how well you prepare to stop smoking. You may crave a cigarette or feel hungrier than usual. You may feel edgy and have trouble concentrating. You also may cough more at first and you may have headaches.
These things happen because your body is used to nicotine. They are called nicotine withdrawal symptoms. The symptoms are strongest during the first few days after you stop smoking, but most go away within a few weeks.
If you feel you can’t cope with these withdrawal symptoms, ask your doctor for nicotine replacement products or medication.
Many smokers do gain some weight when they quit. Even without special attempts at diet and exercise, however, the gain is usually less than 10 pounds. Women tend to gain slightly more weight than men. There is evidence that smokers will gain weight after they quit even if they do not eat more.
You are more likely to be successful with quitting smoking if you deal with the smoking first and then later take steps to reduce your weight. While you are quitting, try to focus on ways to help you stay healthy, rather than on your weight. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit the fat. Be sure to drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and regular physical activity.
What if I smoke again?
Don’t feel like a failure. Think about why you smoked and what you can do to keep from smoking again. Set a new stop date. Many ex-smokers did not succeed at first, but they kept trying.
The first few days after stopping will probably be the hardest. Just remember that even one puff on a cigarette can cause a relapse, so don’t risk it.
More than 45.7 million smokers have quit. Many of them tried several times before they were able to quit. They made it and quit for good. You can, too.
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