Smoking is one of the most common forms of recreational drug use. Today, the most popular form of smoking by far is tobacco smoking and is practiced by over one billion people in the majority of all human societies. This is the route of administration for recreational drug use, as the active substances in drugs such as nicotine is released by combustion and makes them available for absorption through the lungs. The most general method of smoking is through cigarettes. The smoking substances are classified as hard narcotics, like heroin and crack cocaine, but the use of these substances is very limited because they are frequently not commercially available.
Image of smoker lung Vs healthy lung
Smoker lung have large irregular air sacs in compare to healthy lung.
Also, the blood vessels are shrinking in smoker lung.
Medical studies on smoking have proven that smoking tobacco is among the leading causes of many diseases such as lung cancer, heart attacks, erectile dysfunction and can also lead to birth defects. Due to inherent health hazards of smoking, many countries instituted high taxes on tobacco products and anti-smoking campaigns are launched every year in an attempt to curtail tobacco smoking.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people around the world die from diseases caused by smoking. Lung cancer from smoking is caused by the tar present in tobacco. Smoking cigarettes causes many changes in your lungs and airways. Some changes occur sudden, last a short time, and then go away. These changes are acute means they are easily treatable and they do not cause higher damage to the body. Colds and pneumonia are acute changes. Other changes which happen very slowly and last for a long time. These are chronic changes which may last for the rest of your life. Emphysema is an example of a chronic change.
Tips for quitting from smoking:
- Deem that you can quit. Think about some of the most difficult things which you have done in your life and realize that you have the fortitude and determination to quit smoking.
- Then, write your own plan modified to your personality and way of doing things. Create your own plan for quitting.
- Write the benefits of quitting like live longer, feel better, for your family, save money, smell better, find a mate more easily, etc. Also, write why you quit from this. You know what's bad about smoking and you know what you'll get by quitting. Put it on paper and read it daily.
- To support your decision to quit, ask your family and friends. Let them know ahead of time that you will probably be short-tempered and even irrational while you withdraw from your smoking habit.
- Set a quit date. Decide the day when you will stub out from your smoking forever. Plan for it. Prepare your mind for the "first day of the rest of your life". Also, you can hold small ceremony when you smoke last time.
- For quitting talk to your doctor for Support and guidance. It is a proven way to better your chances to quit.
- Start an exercise program. Exercise is simply mismatched with smoking. Exercise relieves stress and helps your body recover from years of damage from cigarettes. Slowly start it with a short walk once or twice per day. Then, Build up to 30 to 40 minutes of rigorous activity, 3 or 4 times per week. Discuss with your physician before beginning any exercise program.
- For 3 to 5 minutes, do some deep breathing each day. Breathe in through your nose very slowly, hold the breath for a few seconds, and exhale very slowly through your mouth.
- Imagine your way to becoming a non-smoker. While doing your deep breathing, you can close your eyes and begin to imagine yourself as a non-smoker.
- See manually turning down a cigarette that someone offers you. See yourself throwing all your cigarettes away, and winning a gold medal for doing so.
- Cut back on cigarettes gradually. Plan how many cigarettes you will smoke each day until your quit date, making the number you smoke smaller each day; buy only one pack at a time; change brands so you don't enjoy smoking as much.
- Find another smoker who is trying to quit, and help each other with positive words and by lending an ear when quitting becomes difficult.
- Your teeth have been cleaned after quitting smoking. Enjoy the way your teeth look and feel and plan to keep them that way.
- Drink lots of water. Water is good for you anyway, and most people don't get enough. It will help flush the nicotine and other chemicals out of your body
- Keep a picture of your family or someone very important to you with you at all times. On a piece of paper, write the words "I'm quitting for myself and for you. Tape your written message to the picture. Whenever you have the urge to smoke, look at the picture and read the message.
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