It’s no secret that tobacco is dangerous to health, regardless of how you smoke it.
Do you know what’s in your cigarette?
There are no safe substances in any tobacco products (from acetone and tar to nicotine and carbon monoxide) and when these ingredients burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association; at least 69 of those chemicals are linked to cancer.
Smoking affects your entire body
Smoking not only affects your lungs but has an impact on your entire body. While smoking can increase your risk of a variety of life-threatening problems over many years (i.e. heart disease, cancer and infertility), some of the bodily effects are immediate, including mood stimulation, anxiety and irritability, unhealthy teeth and loss of appetite (Pietrangelo and Cherney, HealthLine).
Reversing the effects
Feeling worried? Stop right there because the good news is that quitting smoking is certainly possible and can reverse many effects on the body. Below is timeline that explains the short and long term benefits of letting go of that last cigarette.
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Ready to hop onto the ‘NO-SMOKING’ bandwagon? If you want to stop smoking, there are various treatments that are available from pharmacies and on prescription to help you beat your addiction to the curb and reduce withdrawal symptoms that accompany the smoking cessation process (NHS England).
The treatments available to help you stop smoking are listed below (NHS England):
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – a medication that provides you with a low level of nicotine, without the poisonous chemicals present in tobacco smoke. NRT is available as skin patches, chewing gum, tablets, oral strips and more.
- Varenicline (Champix) – a medication that works in 2 ways: by reducing cravings for nicotine like NRT, but it also blocks the reinforcing effects of smoking. This medication is available on prescription only.
- E-cigarettes – an electronic device that delivers nicotine in the form of vapour. This enables you to inhale the nicotine without most of the harmful effects of smoking since the vapour contains no tar or carbon monoxide. According to the NHS, research indicates that e-cigarettes can help you give up smoking, so you may want to try them rather than the medications listed above. As with other approaches, they’re most effective if used with support from an NHS stop smoking service. E-cigs are available in many shops and online, for example at https://ivapeiq.eu/# .
To all smokers reading this – it’s time to step out to your local pharmacy and set up an appointment with your favourite GP, to finally break the habit and make the switch (just in time for the ‘New Year, New You’ phenomena).