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Here is some information about smoking and the hazards of cigarettes.
1. I enjoy smoking because it relaxes me.
This is the number one Myth about smoking.
Smoking causes the exact opposite of relaxation: it constricts blood vessels (raising blood pressure), increases heart rate, raises cortisol levels and essentially puts you into fight-or-flight, the physiology of stress. It actually increases irritability, often experienced as the jitters.
If you feel more relaxed, it is because you are deep breathing, and because you are tranquilizing the emotions that trigger your smoking with the behavior of smoking, not the nicotine.
Learn more about stress.
2. Did you know that cigarettes contain as much as 17% sugar?
The sugar in tobacco contributes to the stress-related effects of smoking, and to the smoking “high.”
3. Smoking is the largest preventable cause of death in America.
More than 400,000 people die every year from smoking-related causes. That is 67 times the death rate of soldiers in Viet Nam, seven times the number that die in auto accidents and 3 times the number who die of alcohol and other drug-related causes.
4. Breathing second-hand smoke increase the risk of lung cancer by 20%.
This includes children and pets!
5. Smokers get sick 22% more and take longer to get well than non-smokers.
6. Smoking is the single major cause of cancer mortality.
Cigarette smokers make up 90% of all lung cancer cases.
Other cancers include: cancer of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, pancreas, bladder and renal pelvis, stomach, liver, cervix, uterus, kidney, nasal nisum, and myeloid leukemia.
7. Smoking is slow death by suffocation.
25% of all fatal heart attacks are caused by smoking.
Smoking causes chronic bronchitis, cough and pulmonary emphysema. It also impairs the immune system and aggravates allergies.
8. Smoking devastates your lungs:
Tobacco smoke causes the membranes in the air sacs to break down. The lungs lose their resilience and elasticity. The air sacs become larger, trapping CO2.
Pressure builds. Breathing is labored and difficult. Bronchial tubes and windpipe lose their elasticity in the constant struggle for air. The once-tiny air sacs begin to resemble balloons. This is emphysema.
9. Smoking causes an over-production of gastric juices and can cause severe indigestion, as well as acid reflux.
10. Smoking causes spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, premature birth, low-birth weight babies, and higher infant mortality.
It also causes male infertility.
11. Did you know that nicotine is one of the most fatal and rapid poisons and is used in insecticides?
That’s right. It is used to kill bugs! Guess what it does to your brain?
Smoking poisons your brain causing impaired vision, tripling your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).
12. Smoking makes you dangerous (and less intelligent), causing poor judgment, and loss of critical thinking.
13. Smoking causes premature wrinkling and aging, making you look old before your time.
14. Smoking weakens bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis and bone breakage.
15. Smoking cause tooth decay, gum infections, and loss of teeth.
16. 40% of fatal fires are started by cigarettes, resulting in 2,500 deaths and $300 million damage in the US per year.
17. Smoking is a leading cause of stress.
18. Smoking damages cells and internal organs.
19. Consuming alcohol increases the health risks of smoking.
20. Tobacco smoke is poison!
The most deadly gas inhaled from burning tobacco is benzopyrene, also found in car exhaust and factory smokestack waste. It is the primary cause of lung cancer.
Over 4,000 chemicals are found in tobacco smoke, and over 200 have been identified in tar. Burning tobacco creates carbon monoxide, which is the lethal gas in car exhaust. Other toxic fumes in tobacco smoke include ammonia, formaldehyde, and hydrogen cyanide.
21. Nicotine is as lethal as cyanide. Sixty milligrams or eating two to three cigarettes will kill the average adult by paralyzing breathing.
Keep all tobacco products out of the reach of children!
22. Tobacco manufacturers increased the nicotine content of cigarettes 11% between 1997 and 2005, because it is the nicotine that makes smoking addictive.
23. Smoking shortens life expectancy.
24. Cigarettes contain sugar, pesticides and rat waste.
Tobacco leaves are soaked in sugar in the drying process. Rats and mice nest in the tobacco leaves and some of their droppings are ground up in the product. Insects, bats, birds, and rodents, and the snakes that hunt them frequent the open barns in which the leaves hang to dry. Inspections are limited and even allow for a certain percentage of unidentifiable organic matter in each batch. Tobacco plants are heavily sprayed with pesticides which wind up in the cigarettes, as well.
24. How much do you spend on cigarettes?
______ How many packs do you smoke per day?
______ How much are you paying per pack?
______ How much are you paying per day?
______ per week?
______ per year?
The price of cigarettes increases every year!
26. SMOKING IS A SERIOUS ADDICTION!
Smoking is not just a habit. It is a serious drug addiction!
Nicotine is perhaps the most seriously addictive substance known to man!
Studies show that 85% of smokers want to quit, but only 15-20% who try on their own succeed. The rest need help, and the most effective help is hypnosis.
Studies with the patch reveal that, by itself, the patch is not effective; it needs to be combined with additional help.
The relapse rate for those attempting to quit smoking is as high as it is for alcoholics and heroin addicts.
While the physical addiction may leave your body in a few weeks, unless specifically dealt with, the emotional or psychological addiction may last forever, always ready to put you back to square one with the first cigarette.
1. After I quit smoking how long does it take to stop craving tobacco?
It takes 3-5 days to flush out toxins and eliminate physical cravings.
2. What is the difference between craving cigarettes and the urge to smoke?
The urge to smoke may be both a chemical craving and a habitual response, such as every time you get into your car, you light up a cigarette.
Cravings are caused by both chemical and emotional triggers. After the nicotine and other toxins have been eliminated from the body, your urge to smoke will be triggered by habitual patterns built up around smoking and by emotional triggers, which are the real reasons for smoking.
So what’s the problem with quitting?
What are the real reasons for smoking?
Remember: One cigarette leads to a million!
What Are the Benefits to Your Health
When You Quit Smoking?
1. What happens to my body after I quit?
Your body starts to repair itself immediately after you stop smoking.
Twenty minutes after your last cigarette your blood pressure and pulse drop, circulation and oxygen intake improves slightly and your hands and feet will feel warmer.
Eight hours later, carbon monoxide levels in your blood drop and oxygen levels return to normal.
In three days your chances of having a heart attack drop, nerve endings start regrowing, possibly making your feet tingle, and your ability to smell and taste improve.
Within two weeks, the risk of heart attack is reduced.
Two months after your last cigarette, lung function increases by as much s 30%, and circulation continues to improve.
At six months coughing, sinus problems and congestion have lessened, and you have less chance of lung infection.
After one year as a non-smoker, your risk of cardiovascular disease is now cut in half.
Within two years, much of the risk of heart disease will have disappeared.
After five years, the risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, and esophagus is cut in half.
After ten years of being smoke-free, your life expectancy is approximately the same as if you had never smoked, and your risk of lung cancer is the same as if you had never smoked.
2. Are you still smoking because you are afraid of gaining weight?
The odds are in your favor that when you quit you will either lose weight or stay the same.
Some people experience increased weight gain because they turn to emotionally triggered eating. They have replaced one drug with another. Getting help to release emotional triggers will result in little or no weight gain.
Do you have a question about quitting? Learn more