Smoking is bad because the nicotine in the tobacco is addictive. When you smoke you feel calm and alert; you experience a temporary mood boost. When the effects wear off your mood is altered and the craving returns. Because of the personal benefits quitting is not easy
Tobacco smoke contains about 7, 000 chemicals, about 70 cause cancer; others are toxic.
Smoking is one of the five health risk factors used in our consumer health program to teach people how to protect their health and live longer.
Smoking is major cause of premature deaths.
Smoking harms almost every organ in the body and is a health risk factor for non-communicable diseases (NCD’s), such as cancer, heart disease, strokes, asthma, respiratory disease and pneumonia.
Smoking is an avoidable/modifiable health risk factor that is due to choice. Smoking can be modified, smokers can quit. It is a choice.
Some Facts About Smoking:
- Smoking has been identified as a significant cause of heart disease the # 1 killer.
- Tobacco takes the lives of millions annually.
- Smoking is also a major cause of tuberculosis.
- Exposure to second hand smoke may be the cause of respiratory illnesses .
- This places smoking as the possible # 1 health concern globally
When compared to non-smoking, smoking increases the risks of:
-Coronary disease by 2 to 4 times
-Strokes by 2-4 times
-Lung cancer in men by 23 times
-Lung cancer in women by 13 times
-Deaths due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by 12-13 times.
Pregnant women who smoke are at risk for pregnancy related problems, the health of the baby is also at risk. These mothers are at risk for stillbirth, premature birth and sudden infant death.
Smoking cessation is good for managing your health. It will keep you away from a specialist as you take control and not him. Quitting will protect your health and prevent you from dying prematurely.
“Quitting smoking is the single most important step you can take to protect your health and family,” Center For Disease Control(CDC).
It will take commitment and effort on your part to quit and stay quit.
Quitting has short and long -term benefits, the younger you are when you quit the greater the health benefits.
The good news about quitting is that there is help online and in local communities. There is a lot of free resources to promote awareness and to motivate smokers to quit.
Quitting is the decision of the person, but support from family or friends is important. As soon as the decision is made it is important to ask them for support .
Nicotine withdrawal is a common side effect of quitting, but the symptoms last only about two days to two weeks.
One of our health program’s will help with smoking cessation and weight control. It is ideal for those who are concerned with weight gain or who are already overweight. It is a self-directed module and takes commitment and perseverance.