How Does Smoking Harm My Body?

A single cigarette stick contains more than 4000 chemical compounds and at least 400 toxic substances. So when you light up a cigarette, it burns at about 700°C at the tip and around 60°C in the core and consequently breaking down the tobacco to produce these toxins. Thus, whenever a smoker is seen puffing out at a go, he or she had already inhaled body-damaging toxins. The most damaging of these broken down products include; the highly addictive nicotine which also increases cholesterol levels in your body to cause serious heart problems; tar which is a carcinogenic substance that causes cancer of the lungs, mouth, oesophagus and other cancers; carbon monoxide which reduces oxygen in the body and puts a smoker at risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). These multi-systemic damages caused by smoking could be influenced by, the number of cigarettes smoked; whether the cigarette has a filter; and how the tobacco has been prepared. The more packs a smoker takes per year the more damages are incurred on the innocent body. The severity of these damages are also directly correlated to the quality of a tobacco product, this means smoking a cheap or poorly prepared cigarette with poor or no filter would cause greater damage to the body.


After knowing the major problems of tobacco smoking amidst a thousand of others, it’s only normal for any addict around to scream for help! And appropriately seek for a feasible ‘smoke-free’ program. Studies have shown that there is an increase in success rate of up to 30% for those that combined willpower plus ‘smoke-free’ program to quit smoking, conversely only a success rate of 3% is gotten when the willpower to stop smoking is alone put in place. Different specialists provide different therapeutic plans for curbing tobacco addiction; however the best therapy is the one which possesses a multi-disciplinary approach. This implies that fighting the scourge of smoking entails the intervention of a physician, psychiatrist, psychotherapist, dietician, counselor, family and friends of the smoker in question.


Therefore, in addition to adequate visits to your physician at the chest and heart clinics, the following simple ‘smoke free’ guide would help increase success rate in those devoted to quitting once and for all.

The various approaches in this guide would work when you realize, the need to change your behavior in addressing this habit and addiction; the need to deal with nicotine withdrawal symptoms. However, the difficulty in adjusting to the later makes ‘quitting’ seemingly impossible. But then, as an addict, you need to recount why you cannot do without smoking, does smoking help you manage stress or depression? Do you smoke because you are most often lonely? Does smoking help you cope with fear and anxiety? Or do you smoke because you belong to a group where you cannot be seen not smoking? These are the various questions you need to ask yourself, and I would like to add by asking if sincerely, the satisfaction you get from smoking has sufficiently help your reasons for smoking? Most often the true answer is a no and that is why you would have to crave for more to cater for the short-lived satisfaction, and unknowingly setting in addiction. Using the mnemonics ‘SMOKE FREE’ would help cover for these two needs; the need for a behavioral change towards habit and the need for dealing with nicotine withdrawal symptoms.


Now that you have set your mind towards quitting, the first thing you need to do is to get a small pocket diary and set a target quit-date, say for example three months, some may go less or more. Group the total pages of the diary into 12 divisions which correspond with 12weeks in your target date. Pages of each division would contain weekly progression of your efforts toward quitting tobacco smoking. Then classify your type of addiction, jot on the first week your present status; say 10sticks/day, 20sticks (1pack)/day or even 40sticks/day. The more number of packs in a day the more cumbersome and impossible quitting might sound, but never mind, it only takes the same simple SMOKE FREE mnemonics for a chain-smoker and a 5sticks-a-day smoker to quit. Next is to note all possible reasons why you can’t do without smoking, events that prompt you lighting up and those places where you smoke conveniently, then you can start a SMOKE FREE program.

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