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Reasons To Quit Smoking

 

REASONS TO QUIT SMOKING

Have you ever thought of quitting smoking? Well, you should, because smoking causes:

·         Cance

r·         Heart Disease

·         Chronic Bronchitis

·         Asthma

·         Emphysema

Mothers who smoke when they are pregnant are more likely to give birth to babies who have low birth weight. Smoking around others affects their health, too. Breathing in another person’s smoke can cause many breathing problems in children, cancer, and heart disease in adults.

More Good Reasons to Quit…

·         Lung cancers and other cancers

·         Heart Disease

·         Stroke

·         Chronic Lung Disease

 SMOKING HAZARDS!!! 

Smoking cigarettes is extremely bad for your health. Tobacco smoke has over 200 poisons in it. Cigarette smokers have an increased risk of many serious medical problems.

 These include:

·       Pneumonia, Bronchitis, and Emphysema.

·       Cancers of the lung, lip, mouth, voice box, pancreas, and bladder. There are over 30 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer.

·       Heart attacks, angina, stroke, and peripheral blood vessel disease.

 ·       Stomach ulcers and internal bleeding.

·       Facial wrinkles, blindness, and increased risk for fractures.

·       Senile dementia.

·       Stillbirths and smaller newborn babies and genetic damage to sperm.

·       Cancer, respiratory infections, and heart disease in your spouse and children form passive smoke exposure.

Even smoking lightly shortens your life expectancy by several years; a 2-pack-a-day smoker loses about 8 years of his or her life. You can greatly reduce the risk of medical problems by stopping now. Within days of quitting smoking your circulation returns to normal, you lessen the risk of having a heart attack, and your lung capacity even improves. There may be some increased phlegm in the first few days after quitting, and it may take months to clear up your lungs completely. Quitting for 10 years cuts your lung cancer risk to about that of nonsmokers.  

Quitting smoking is not easy, but can be done!!!

It is not easy to quit smoking. Nicotine is addicting, and longtime habits are hard to change. To start with, you can write down all your reasons to quit and tell your family and friends you want to quit and ask for their help. Throw your cigarettes away, chew gum or cinnamon sticks, keep your hands busy, and drink extra water or juice. Go for walks and practice deep breathing to relax. Think of all the money you are saving, around $1,000 a year for the average pack-a-day smoker.

Nicotine patches and gum have clearly been shown to improve success at efforts to stop smoking. Zyban (bupropion) is an anti-depressant drug that can be prescribed to reduce nicotine withdrawal symptoms and suppress the urge to smoke. Smoking is an addiction with both physical and psychological effects. Joining a smoking cessation support group can help you cope with the emotional issues. For more information and advice on programs to stop smoking, call your doctor, your local hospital, or these organizations.

Talk to your doctor about quitting smoking and ask about medications to help you quit smoking.

The American Cancer Society has a free Quitline at 1-877-937-7848

VA North Texas health Care Systems Smoking Program, call 214-857-0530.

This stop-smoking problem is free for veterans!

Nicotine Anonymous 12 step Program, call 214-327-1633