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Why Should You Quit Smoking?

Nov 25, 2007
The dangers smoking tobacco could bring to one's physical and mental (nicotine addiction and dependence) health could somehow bring a smoker to his senses. It really is true what the ads say, that smoking is indeed dangerous for your health. It is a very well known fact that smoking is a very destructive and fatal habit to indulge in. It can even be regarded as a medical crisis. Assuming that you aren't aware of these bad effects at all, this article could help you with the much needed information to give up that habit.

For starters, there are already a lot of recorded deaths related to smoking. Hundreds of thousands of people die from ailments brought by smoking every year. Smoking contributes to one in five deaths from heart disease. It causes the heart to work harder because carbon monoxide (a component found in tobacco) robs oxygen from your tissues, organs, blood vessels and other important muscles need to function properly. It also causes fat deposits to build around your blood vessels. Blocks around these blood vessels affect the flow of oxygen to the heart. With this, comes increased heart rate and higher blood pressure. Smoking therefore, strains your heart and blood vessels thus, leading to greater chances of heart failure or stroke. Aside from heart diseases, it was also well-documented that smoking is the major cause for lung cancer and other related diseases such as emphysema and bronchitis. It also contributes to quite a number of other cancers such as cancer of the pancreas, kidneys and bladder.

Next, it would also be necessary to understand what you breathe in each time you give that little baby a puff. Cigarette contains nicotine, a very powerful and addictive drug. Almost instantly, nicotine begins to work on your central nervous system. After that first puff, it gives you a relaxed sensation and usually gives you a good feeling after a moment or two because it affects the chemicals in your brain. This is why smokers often make smoking an excuse to feel relaxed after stress or pressure. Your body, after repeated smoking sessions, then develops dependence to nicotine. Another chemical found in cigarettes is benzene, a carcinogenic solvent which is also associated to leukemia. It also has formaldehyde, an embalming fluid, known to cause cancer, skin, gastrointestinal, and respiratory problems. Tar is also added to the list. This substance is added to asphalt for road construction. Several poisonous substances which are included, aside from nicotine, are carbon monoxide (the same gas which comes out from car exhausts), arsenic (more popularly known as rat poison), and hydrogen cyanide (used for executing convicts in gas chambers).

The benefits you get from quitting smoking range from having a healthy lifestyle to positive effects on your finances and even to building greater confidence for yourself. Being able to stop smoking reduces your risk of having smoking related diseases and thus, promoting good health and well-being. Having to cut on money to spend on cigarettes allows you to spend on more important needs. Lastly, quitting smoking is a very challenging decision and the success you can attain from it can provide you with greater confidence that you can succeed with more difficult tasks. It enables you to have more faith in yourself.
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