Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael: Help Smokers STOP Smoking!
Harmful Effects of Smoking
- Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from diseases caused by smoking – Smoking KILLS.
- One in two lifetime smokers will die from their habit. Half of these deaths will occur in middle age.
- Tobacco smoke also contributes to a number of cancers.
- The mixture of nicotine and carbon monoxide in each cigarette you smoke temporarily increases your heart rate and blood pressure, straining your heart and blood vessels.
- This can cause heart attacks and stroke. It slows your blood flow, cutting off oxygen to your feet and hands. Some smokers end up having their limbs
- Tar coats your lungs like soot in a chimney and causes cancer. A 20-a-day smoker breathes in up to a full cup (210 g) of tar in a year.
- Changing to low-tar cigarettes does not help because smokers usually take deeper puffs and hold the smoke in for longer, dragging the tar deeper into their lungs.
- Carbon monoxide robs your muscles, brain and body tissue of oxygen, making your whole body and especially your heart work harder. Over time, your airways swell up and let less air into your lungs.
- Smoking causes disease and is a slow way to die. The strain of smoking effects on the body often causes years of suffering. Emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs. People with emphysema often get bronchitis again and again, and suffer lung and heart failure.
- Lung cancer from smoking is caused by the tar in tobacco smoke. Men who smoke are ten times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers.
- Heart disease and strokes are also more common among smokers than non-smokers.
- Smoking causes fat deposits to narrow and block blood vessels which leads to heart attack.
- Smoking causes around one in five deaths from heart disease.
- In younger people, three out of four deaths from heart disease are due to smoking.
- Cigarette smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of low birth weight, prematurity, spontaneous abortion, and perinatal mortality in humans, which has been referred to as the fetal tobacco syndrome.
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10 Ways To Quit Smoking
The tens of thousands of people that quit every day will confirm that there is not only one way. They will, however, tell you that there is a universal truth: You have to want to quit.
(1) Quitting ‘cold turkey‘ or stopping completely, once and for all is a common approach to quitting for many smokers.
This may require several attempts but you will improve your chances by thoughtful preparation. The links throughout this site are intended to help you prepare and deal with all the issues you are likely to face and help you overcome the urge to smoke at will.
(2) Some smokers have quit successfully by cutting down gradually, e.g cutting down to five cigarettes a day or less or delaying the first cigarette by an hour each day. Eventually however a point must be reached where smoking is stopped altogether (as in the cold turkey method above).
If this approach is to work for you it is suggested that your final quit date is no more than two weeks after you start cutting down. Nicotine replacement therapy may also be an option to consider as part of any such plan.
(3) Help in and support in the form of counselling or stop smoking programs should not be underestimated. In fact NRT manufacturers and National Health Service professionals recommend support as an integral part of any attempt to quit smoking.
(4) Speak to your doctor who will also be able to put you in touch with suitable agencies.
(5) Scores of self-help books and booklets have been written on the subject. By far and away the most successful is Allen Carr’s “Easy Way to Stop Smoking“.
The revolutionary international bestseller that will stop you smoking – for good.
“If you follow my instructions you will be a happy non-smoker for the rest of your life.” That’s a strong claim from Allen Carr, but as the world’s leading and most successful quit smoking expert, Allen was right to boast!
Reading this book is all you need to give up smoking. You can even smoke while you read. There are no scare tactics, you will not gain weight and stopping will not feel like deprivation. If you want to kick the habit then go for it.
Allen Carr helped millions of people become happy non-smokers. His unique method removes your psychological dependence on cigarettes and literally sets you free. Accept no substitute. Nine million people can’t be wrong.
(6) Over the past fifteen years, Paul McKenna PhD has developed a unique approach that makes quitting smoking surprisingly easy.
Through the simple conditioning system revealed in his book Quit Smoking Today without Gaining Weight and on the accompanying CD, you will retrain your mind and body so that you no longer need cigarettes and actually feel better without them. Better still, you will not gain any weight in the process!
The best advice is be cautious and use common sense. Try to identify any issues you have difficulty with before deciding what type of products are suitable for you. E.g if you struggle with quitting simply because you like to smoke – Aversion therapy may be the answer.
Remembering somebody that cares and that you care for who, you are certain, HATES you smoking might just do the trick 😉
Choose an approach that YOU feel comfortable with.
If you are a teen smoker don’t start smoking! If you have already begun to experiment with the odd cigarette the time to stop is now. Once you are addicted to nicotine and smoke cigarettes or tobacco on a daily basis, the battle to quit can turn into war.
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