Smoking / Smoking Cessation / Stop Smoking
All your healthy behaviour such as healthy eating / exercise means little if you continue to smoke. Most people know that smoking is bad for them, but not many people know just how bad it is, or need to be reminded.
Every cigarette shortens your life by 14 minutes. Unfortunately, this applies not only to the years between the age of 80 and death. Of the 300-400 people who die every day in the UK as a result of smoking, many are comparatively young smokers.
The number of people under 70 years of age dying from smoking-related diseases exceeds the total figure for deaths caused by breast cancer, AIDS, traffic accidents and drug addiction. Moreover, death from smoking is usually a drawn-out and painful process.
Every year, smoking costs a total of 121,700 lives in the UK. Most people know that smoking can cause lung cancer , but it can also cause many other cancers and illnesses. In the UK, about 46,000 people die each year of smoking-related cancers; a further 34,300 die slowly from emphysema and other chronic lung diseases. The remaining 41,400 deaths are caused by coronary and circulatory diseases.
Whether people eat a healthy diet or otherwise, smoking is the principal cause of arteriosclerosis, and hardened arteries can cause thrombosis in the brain and heart. You may be fortunate enough to survive these events, but afterwards you could be dependent on medicine and personal care for the rest of your life.
Can smoking be good for you?
It has been suggested that smoking reduces the risk of Parkinson's disease and uterine cancer. The research is controversial and, by its nature, likely to attract widespread publicity. In contrast, medical science now has a very clear picture of the damage that smoking can cause, from infertility to breast cancer that requires mastectomy, and, as mentioned earlier, lung, throat and mouth cancers. The message that 'smoking is bad for you' is an old one: consequently, not everyone pays it their full attention.
- Smoking causes asthma.
- Tobacco worsens blood clots.
- Heart patients have everything to gain.
- Smokers take more days off sick.
- Smoking and cancer.
- Smokers' wounds are slow to heal.
- Tobacco damages the mouth and teeth.
- Smoke can damage your eyes.
Is nicotine as addictive as heroin?
Not even slightly. The psychoactive effects of nicotine are very, very minimal when compared to the effects of e.g. heroin and in comparison the withdrawal effects of nicotine are non existent.
What's worse - smoking or alcohol?
Alcohol "costs" society far more in terms of deaths and injuries than is the case with smoking. Alcohol is also vastly more psychoactive.
Take a look at the maths...
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Want a personalised view?
See also "The High Cost of Smoking" (MSN Money)
Diagnostic and statistical manual criteria (DSM)
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