The federal Centers for Disease Control
recently took blood serum from 800 Americans, aged 4 to 91. Every single person
(non-smokers included) had nicotine in his or her system. According to the EPA,
at least 3,000 non-smokers die annually as a result of having breathed other
people’s fumes. The agency concluded that second-hand smoke is a carcinogen,
like asbestos. The smoke from a lit cigarette contains the same noxious gas
that eventually kills the smoker.
- Tobacco is a carcinogen.
- Everyone is at risk of having some type of CANCER
because we all havethe Carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in the
body: 0 to 2.5ng/ml (in healthy nonsmokers)
- Nicotine may causes necrosis of alveoli of
lung that leads to “emphysema” (breathing incapacitation) and eventually
requires oxygen inhalation assistance.
- Nicotine induces “calcification of bronchial
linings”, which causes an annoyingdry cough by bronchospasms.
- Nicotine constricts membranous tissues in
the mouth, thus reducingsaliva secretion and leading to “halitosis”
- Nicotine suppresses Pepsin secretion in the
gastric mucosa, thereby weakning a protection of the stomach lining, which
could then result in a “gastric ulcer”.
- Nicotine constricts artery and small capillaries,
thereby inducing “ischemic cardiac problems” and circulatory problems.
- Nicotine is addictive and jeopardizes
circulation of placenta of a pregnant woman; therefore “retardation of
fetus at birth” frequently occurs
Married smokers are more successful at stopping smoking when they quit together. They can be a support system for each other. It more challenging to quit smoking while living with a
If you smoke a pack a day, you’re spending
over $3500 a year on cigarettes. Start saving your cigarette
money the day you quit. After six month splurge on something fun!
- When you have the urge to smoke, take a sip of water and wait three to five minutes for the craving to pass.
- Throw out all cigarettes and get rid of any ashtrays.
- Make a plan for handling stressful
situations without lighting up.
- Visit places where smoking is prohibited and hang out with friends who don’t smoke.
- Work out. Exercise helps relieve tension and the urge to smoke.
- Eat three meals a day to keep blood sugar levels stable. This will help diminish cravings.
- Reward yourself with healthy treats such as sugarless gum, apple slices, carrot sticks, and pumpkin seeds.
- Indulge yourself in something you enjoy like a massage, a nap or a good book and some favorite music. You can enjoy life without a cigarette.