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To People Who Want To Quit Smoking -- But Can't Get Started

Sep 7, 2007
Yes, you can! Quit, that is. If you are a smoker, you know how hard it is to try and quit smoking. Chances are you've tried, or at the very least, you've thought about it.

You know the panicky feeling you get when you think of never smoking another cigarette. You understand the feeling of nervousness, and the other things that come along with trying to kick this addiction. Although it's difficult and requires a strong will, you can quit.

Cigarette smoking is the number one preventable cause of death in the United States. It is also the top cause of cancer. In fact, around 80% of cancer cases can be attributed to smoking. It is responsible for 20% of cancer deaths. The bad thing is that a lot of people continue to smoke, knowing these things.

Smoking can be blamed for cases of cancer of the mouth, bladder, cervix, lungs, kidneys and many others. People have to suffer with these things daily around the world, and most express the regret that they continued to smoke for so long.

Smoking contributes to the risk of stroke, heart attack and many other chronic diseases. It also increases our 'bad cholesterol' levels. In pregnant women, smoking can cause a child to be born early, or with low birth weight. It can even cause birth defects or deformities. Research points to cigarette smoke as a possible factor in SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome.

One of the most terrible things about smoking is what the second-hand smoke can do to those around you, or even perfect strangers. People who breathe smoke that is in the air from another person's cigarette can experience adverse effects as well.

It can cause lung cancer, asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and many other chronic illnesses. This can be a tragedy for the children who breathe the smoke that comes from your cigarettes at home.

Nicotine is what is responsible for the addiction that you have to cigarettes. Nicotine addiction is a powerful thing, and when you go without a cigarette for a while, you may notice withdrawal symptoms. Some of these might include: confusion, irritability, panic, a feeling of loss, and other symptoms. This is what you feel when you try to quit, and what makes it so difficult. Nicotine is more addicting than caffeine, marijuana, and even heroine.

As difficult as it might be to quit smoking, you can do it. You need to have the proper motivation, and one of the most powerful types of motivation you can use is your children or loved ones. No one wants their children to suffer from the adverse effects of second hand smoke. No one wants their children to have to live through the terrible ordeal of their parents' painful tobacco related diseases.

You can quit smoking. Gather the drive and determination from learning about the painful and difficult things that smoking can bring you. Think of the people you love, and you can overcome your addiction to nicotine.
About the Author
Alex Olson wrote a number of highly popular articles which concern health problems. In them she pays much attention on the problem of smoking and gives some advice on how to get rid of this harmful habit.
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