Smoking is harmful to your health and can lead to many fatal diseases such as lung cancer, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that every six seconds, a person dies as the result of smoking.
Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 kinds of chemicals, some of which are:
- arbon monoxide
- Hydrogen cyanide
- Polonium 210, containing the lung cancer?causing Alpha radiation
Some of these lethal substances are carcinogens, while others are known to cause a number of serious genetic mutations.
|Smokers are both physically and mentally addicted to cigarettes.
1. Physical Addiction
The body becomes addicted to nicotine in tobacco as a result of regular smoking. When you stop smoking, the level of nicotine in your body decreases and you will start having nicotine withdrawal symptoms. These include grouchiness, restlessness, and a blocked head. Some people may also experience depression and anxiety.
2. Mental Addiction
Regular smoking can become a habit. Smokers find that they enjoy having a cigarette as it reduces their stress level, gets rid of boredom and helps them think clearly. Mental addiction makes many people return to smoking after they have quitted for a period of time. People who are trying to given up or have successfully given up this harmful habit needs to change their habits, so they become accustomed to their new smoke free lifestyle.
|The Silent Killer: Second hand Smo
Did you know that cigarettes are very harmful to your loved ones and those around you? Research finds the breath of smokers, even those who do not smoke at home, contains particles of chemical. Family members will also inhale these dangerous substances, which can cause many diseases such as allergies, and lung cancer.
As soon as a cigarette is lit, toxic chemicals are released and passed on to nonsmokers who are in the vicinity via the smoke exhaled from the smoker as well as the smoke from the cigarette. Together, they are known as second hand smoke.
|Let’s break the habit and stop smoki
General guidelines to quitting smoking
1. Get ready and be resolute about quitting
2. Designate your ‘smoke free day’
3. Get rid of your cigarettes and other items associated with smoking so they will not tempt you to resume your old habit.
4. Seek support from families and friends
5. Refrain from drinking alcohol and coffee, eating spicy food and any else that might make you want to smoke
6. When starting to quit smoking, you will feel agitated. Breathe deeply and drink lots of water to reduce your craving for cigarettes.
7. Exercise regularly. Find a hobby to decrease stress.
8. Alter your old habits. Avoid places and situations that are associated with smoking.
9. Practice denying cigarette use with others and yourself.
10. Repeatedly remind yourself that you will never smoke again.
If you have tried quitting smoking by yourself and failed, at Manarom Hospital we have a Quit Smoking Program available to help you succeed. This effective program has been planned by doctors and a team of specialists comprising of nurses, psychologists, and therapists. Below is a rough outline of the steps in our
1. Physical examination and psychological assessment of patient’s readiness to set a goal and formulate a treatment plan.
2. Explain to patient the mechanism of nicotine addiction and nicotine withdrawal symptoms as well as the ways to deal with them. It is recommended that
the patient’s family members also attend these meetings.
3. Counseling from doctors. Some patients may need medication and nicotine patches. These sessions will include personal, group or family counseling
from other health professionals.
4. Activities with the family as well as other patients who are also trying to quit smoking.
5. Weekly checkups by doctors and other health professionals for at least 6 to 8 weeks. This maybe conducted over the phone.