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Why stop smoking? Smoking increases the risk of developing a wide range of health ailments and diseases. But the habit does not only harm the smoker’s health, it can also have a negative impact on the people around them. Children and babies living with people who smoke are vulnerable to many health problems. This includes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and an increased risk of cot death. Some of the most common smoking-related illnesses include:
Infertility - Smoking affects the fertility of men and women, making it difficult to conceive.
Gum disease - As well as staining your teeth, smoking can cause premature tooth loss due to gum disease.
Heart disease - This is considered the UK’s biggest killer. Nearly one in six cases are smoking-related.
Lung cancer - More than eight in 10 cases of lung cancer are directly related to smoking.
Other cancers - This includes mouth, throat, nose, blood, cervical and pancreatic cancer.
Adults who endure passive smoking for a long period of time are also at an increased risk of heart disease and lung cancer. Tobacco is also an irritant; therefore it can make conditions such as asthma worse.
Despite nearly 100,000 people in the UK dying from smoking-related illnesses each year, nearly one sixth of adults are still smokers. While it wasn’t until the early 20th century that the harmful effects of smoking were explored, studies continue to expose the dangers of the habit. Quitting smoking is a big challenge for a person to face and they will often need more than just willpower. For many people, hypnotherapy is an effective solution.
Nearly 50 per cent of all smokers die prematurely due to smoking-related diseases.
The life expectancy of a smoker is about 10 years less than that of a non-smoker.
In the UK is it estimated only half of long-term smokers live past the age of 70.
Up to 17,000 children under the age of five are admitted to hospital each year as a result of passive smoking-related illnesses.
It is important for the person to know why they want to quit before any successful attempts can be made. It is common for people to relapse if they are quitting for somebody else. If the individuals are making the decision for themselves, the chances of success can improve.
Cigarettes aren’t simply tobacco and paper. During the manufacturing process, a whole cocktail of chemicals are added. With each cigarette, a person will be inhaling harmful substances, including: Nicotine – This is the drug that stimulates the brain and causes the addiction. If a person smokes regularly, they may experience some unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Symptoms may include intense cravings, increased anxiety, irritability and headaches. Tar – After smoking tobacco, tar is the residue that is deposited into the lungs. From here, it enters the bloodstream and gets carried to other parts of the body. Tar contains over 4000 chemicals, over 50 cancer-causing carcinogens and other poisons. This is why smoking is considered one of the biggest causes of disease. Carbon monoxide – This gas affects how much oxygen the blood can carry around the body. As a result, smoking prevents the body from getting the oxygen it needs to function smoothly. The smoker may experience shortness of breath, low energy levels and poor circulation.