Addiction to cigarettes is the most common and vicious of all the addictions, worse than heroin and more difficult to kick – and it is legal!
There are 3,000 dangerous chemicals in cigarette smoke. Regardless of this, people smoke for several reasons.
When the nicotine in cigarette reaches the brain, it makes the head spin and people feel stimulated and alert.
Nicotine makes the heart beat faster, so more blood circulates around the body per minute; people say they feel ready to get up and go.
Nicotine reduces tension in muscles, which makes people feel relaxed snd seems to relieve stress.
Nicotine seems to help people work by improving concentration: it can stave off boredom and fatigue.
Here come the negative effects:
Cigarette smokers look older than their age because smoking speeds up ageing of the skin. The risk of premature death is double that of non-smokers.
Smoking related diseases such as lung cancer, fatal heart disease, stroke, gangrene, ulcers, cancers, emphysema and bronchitis etc.; kill 40 percent of smokers before they reach retirement.
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Here are the benefits of quitting:
Giving up smoking has instant benefits such as –
- Within 20 minutes blood pressure and pulse fall
- Within 2 hours lung airways relax, making it easier to breathe, and the volume of air our lung can hold increases.
- Within 8 hours carbon monoxide levels drop to normal and the oxygen level goes back up to normal.
- Within 24 hours the risk of a heart attack decreases.
- Within 48 hours damaged nerve ending start to regrow, so smell and taste become stronger.
- Within 1 to 3 months circulation improves; lung function improves by up to a third.
- Within 5 years the risk of lung cancer decreases by half.
- Within 10 years the risk of lung cancer is normal.