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Smoking Kills!

Surveys conducted by experts show that one in three smokers has tried to quit, but frequent attempts fail. One of the reasons for this is that those who quit are reluctant to seek help and try to fight strong withdrawal symptoms alone.

Experts emphasize that in this fight, it is important not only to seek help, but also to keep in mind what led to the decision to quit smoking, and motivation should be sought not only in terms of their health and costs but also to understand the harm of smoking to those around them.


Quitting smoking does not turn for help: will power is not enough for everyone

Although the recipe for success in quitting smoking is individual, Dovilė Mačiulytė, Director of the Vilnius Branch of the Republican Center for Addictive Diseases, notes that for most, the most effective solution becomes a combination of various support measures.


"Some people have enough will power, inner motivation, they can quit smoking on their own, without any help. For others, it is better to talk to a psychologist, a psychiatrist, for others it is better to have substitution therapy. Looking at the research, it is considered that the most successful way to quit smoking is when different measures are applied, such as combined substitution therapy measures together with the consultation of a psychologist, psychiatrist or other specialists, ”explains D. Mačiulytė.

Smoking is Injurious to Health

However, the specialist notices the problem that quitters are not inclined to seek help, which means more frequent relapses. “There is a well-established attitude that quitting smoking is one and no one will help you. This view is wrong. It is best to consult a specialist to find out at least what are the possible remedies, how do medications differ from nicotine replacement therapy - chewing gum and patches. Sometimes they're people buying in the pharmacy themselves and do not fully find out how to use those tools, and improperly used tools are ineffective”, D. Mačiulytė notices the problem.


According to her, the most common obstacle to successful quitting is the signs of abstinence. Individuals who smoke regularly, such as one packet a day, may experience strong physical and psychological signs of abstinence for years, which should be determined in advance. At the time, a person who smokes only on weekends, in the company of friends, may not even think he is addicted to nicotine and may not have the motivation to quit smoking.

“Signs of abstinence may be different for each person, but most often they are related to irritability, anxiety, maybe deteriorating mood, a person has less patience and feels a stronger need for nicotine. Therefore, it is important to know that these symptoms will appear, and probably more than once - they are stronger in the first days but can occur in a week or two.

They usually occur when a person finds themselves in a situation where they feel anxious, or during some kind of conflict, with increased sensitivity and annoyance. There is a desire to calm down and a strong association arises that after receiving nicotine that feeling of peace will come. It is necessary to prepare morally for that."

Most often, bad habits are thrown for health and money - quit smoking campaign

“I think it’s important to look at your motivation when planning to quit. When a smoker begins to feel the negative effects on his health - perhaps the lack of air when climbing stairs quickly, difficulty breathing, illness occurs - his main motivator will be health. Smoking for years, especially in the first weeks and months, can feel a very pronounced improvement in health: the sense of smell improves, the lungs are cleansed, more strength and energy appear, if a person exercises, his achievements in sports rise, he can stay active longer. It is important to mention not only the health of the smoker himself but also the health of those around him - he often understands that traditional cigarettes smoked in the home environment are also harmful to relatives”, notes D. Mačiulytė

While better well-being and health is one of the most common motivations for deciding to quit, it is also financially motivated by frequent smokers, as tobacco products are expensive. For example, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes a day, which costs 4 euros, the monthly cost of smoking will be about 120 euros, about 1440 euros a year, and in 5 years this amount will reach around 7200 euros.

Not all changes are pleasant: smoking usually adds about 3 to 6 kilograms (quit smoking campaign)

Irritability and irritability after years of smoking are only part of the possible signs of abstinence. Karolina Tikhomirova, the Chief Specialist of the Psychoactive Substances Prevention Coordination Division of the Department of Drug, Tobacco, and Alcohol Control, says that constipation, headaches, and increased hunger can also occur in those who quit smoking.


"To successfully quit smoking, it is important to know how to alleviate the signs of nicotine abstinence - to engage in active physical activity, eat high-fibre foods such as fruits and vegetables, avoid stressful situations, talk to relatives or friends about their experiences. Smoking habits are closely linked to other habits, such as alcohol consumption, so alcohol should not be consumed during the first weeks of smoking cessation”, advises K. Tikhomirova.

Quit smoking can make you gain weight

She notes that most people who quit smoking drop out after the first year, but because of the relapse, they should not give up, try to quit smoking until they succeed, and take each relapse as an opportunity to reflect on what was not the choice of quitting strategy to quit the next time. The process would be easier and more efficient.

“It’s also important to know that after years of smoking, most people gain weight that lasts longer. Usually, smoking adds about 3 to 6 kilograms a year, so a balanced diet and physical activity can not only relieve withdrawal symptoms but also help to lose weight or lose weight faster. The biggest health risk factor is smoking, so quitting smoking should be the focus, and the problem of weight gain can be addressed later when a person becomes a non-smoker”, says K. Tikhomirova.


A few pounds of weight gain per year can be easily lost, but the health consequences of long-term smoking are incomparably more difficult or even irreversible. More than 4,000 chemical compounds are found in tobacco smoke, of which as many as several hundred are considered harmful to health, and about 40 of them have been confirmed as carcinogens that cause cancer or promote its development.


“Carcinogens enter the body with resins and most damage the lining of the lips, mouth, larynx, bronchi, so long-term smoking is associated with cancer of the pharynx, larynx, esophagus, lungs, as well as stomach, pancreas, liver, and bladder. Resins are the most dangerous chemicals in cigarettes that settle in the airways and can eventually cause cancer or lung disease. The vapors of the increasingly popular e-cigarettes are now as free from resins as conventional cigarettes, but e-cigarette liquids contain silver, iron, aluminium, microscopic particles of tin, chromium, cadmium, and nickel. So it is important to remember that there is no safe way to smoke”, emphasizes Tikhomirova.

A person who has been in a smoky room for a while or near a smoker may feel signs of intoxication: dizzy, pain, nausea. Passive smoking can also cause acute eye irritation, sneezing, runny nose, cough, and other symptoms, and in the long run, may increase the risk of heart disease and lung disease”, warns K. Tikhomirova. The specialist also emphasizes that children are particularly sensitive to tobacco smoke, they are more likely to have asthma, respiratory infections, and otitis media. Passive smoking is associated with sudden infant death syndrome.

According to the expert, smoking for years not only makes it easier to breathe, symptoms such as shortness of breath or cough begins to disappear, but also improve the quality of sleep, reduces the chances of heart and lung diseases. However, not only when smoking, but also when breathing air polluted with tobacco smoke, nicotine, odors, resins and hundreds of other chemical compounds that are dangerous to health enter the body.

“Passive smoking can cause lung cancer, even in people who have never smoked. Thus, the decision to quit smoking may be related not only to the health of the smoker himself but also to those around him who are forced to breathe in air polluted with tobacco smoke”, emphasizes K. Tikhomirova.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on February 16, 2021:

Smoking kills

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on January 28, 2021:

Jason dear,

It's true that when you leave something what you are doing for long-term, it makes you disturb and may have some side effects but not everlasting nor too serious because you are doing something good to yourself. Just think once when a person started to smoke even after reading on the packet "Smoking Kills" he/she already knew what's going to happen and the side effects can lead them to death, but in leaving it, you can survive yourself from further damages.

Blessings and regards

Jason Behm from Cebu, Philippines on January 28, 2021:

I think there are really side effects when you quit something that you have been doing for so long already since your system has been used to it. It has adapted already and was setting it as your own normal. So, if you quit, your systems is disturbed and that is when side effects occur.

I am not really sure but in your article there have been experts and studies have shown it. So somehow it is true.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on January 28, 2021:

Thanks a lot Pamela

Blessings

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 28, 2021:

I found this comment in my feed, but I do not remember if I saw a comment on the Alzheimer's article. I will check my Feed and my spam if I don't find it.

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on January 27, 2021:

Pamela please check your spam comments because i approved your comment from spam folder. May be my comments are also falling in spam folder. I also post some comments on your latest articles on Alzheimers one as well. Things get clear to me when today i posted a comment on GwennyOh's article on guitar. She replied saying she can't see the comment but she knows that someone made a comment. May be my comments are getting into spams. Please guys check it out because I have made a lot of comments in the past few days and very less appeared on anyone's post. Would love to hear from you. I think once when we will click on x it's not spam " then next time it will not happen. As Pamela's comment was in spam on my side there are huge chances that my comments are also in Pamela's spam folder.

Please Manatita, jodah, Pamela, Rosina, Brenda and others who are seeing this comment check your spam folders.

Peace and Blessings

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on January 27, 2021:

Thanks Pamela,

I wish happy n blessed life for everyone

Blessings

Misbah (author) from The Planet Earth on January 27, 2021:

Thanks a lot Manatita for the appreciation.

Yes of course cancer no doubt is a great problem and a burden on NHS AND GOVERNMENT FINANCE, but I am more sad for the families and people who suffer this because of themselves or because of others.

It’s Sad and people should quit this bad and dangerous habit for themselves and for the ones they love.

Blessings and regards

manatita44 from london on January 27, 2021:

A thorough and well-written Hub. Thank you for pointing out the dangers of not only cigarette smoking, but the effects on non-smokers as well. Of course, cancer is a huge problem with a great death toll and a burden on NHS and Government finance. Salaam!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 27, 2021:

This is an excellent article about the dangers of smoking and quitting, Misbah. I know people who have quit, and they often gain weight. However, as you said, they can lose that weight.

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