There is no doubt about it, smoking causes serious damage to the human body. However, there are still millions of smokers from around the globe. The numbers are increasing, and probably, now reaching to billions of smokers.
Smokers have a passion for smoking. It’s addictive. We will be covering the major and serious effects of smoking to the human body. We’ll be adding more resources in the page in the future about where to get help when you finally want to quit smoking.
Here you’ll also find some documentaries at the end of this article covering cigarette and tobacco. There you’ll find why this industry is still booming despite the fact governments from all over the world are conducting an ongoing campaign encouraging people to quit smoking.
Tobacco with its Nicotine content affects every aspect of the human body negatively. While not many men admit it, smokers are less active sexually as smoking diminish sex drive and can even lead to erectile dysfunction or impotence. So, if you’re a smoker looking for ways and tried many male enhancements but still feel nothing is improving your sexual lifestyle, quitting smoking alone can he a huge boost in your libido.
And, the loss of libido due to smoking not only affects men but women, too. Speaking of women, smoking during pregnancy can be a huge and fatal mistake to the unborn. For your child’s sake, stop smoking while you’re pregnant, or better quit smoking for good and you’ll a brighter life after quitting.
Unfortunately, men and women who are addicted to cigarette smoking have difficulty and often struggle in quitting. In fact, the majority who tried to quit smoking go back to their usual habits of smoking. It’s hard to quit, but it’s possible when one decided to do so. There are now available communities and support groups for anyone who wants to quit smoking and need help in the process.
If you want help, online support group are available including the following;
- CDC Quit Smoking Resources
- Smokers Helpline Canada
The majority of these communities and support group are US-based. If you’re outside the U.S.A., Canada, or Europe, check with your local government and see which support group you may find with them.
Why Smokers Smoke?
How To Tobacco Affects The Body
Brain – Nicotine, the drug contain in tobacco making it addictive goes straight to the brain, which among the immediate effect of smoking. It makes the smoker feels good when he/she smoked, but it can make the feeling of anxiousness, nervousness, moody, and depressed after smoking. Using tobacco also can result to dizziness and headaches.
Mouth – Tobacco causes staining to the teeth, which results to bad breath. Tobacco destroys some of the taste buds on the tongue that makes the smoker experience tasting of foods less desirable.
Heart – Cigarette or tobacco smoking increases heart rate, as well as blood pressure. When a smoker performs physical activities like exercise or even play cardio-like sports, the heart has to work a lot harder to keep up.
Lungs – Smokers always have breathing difficulty as his smoking habit gradually damages the lungs. For an asthmatic individual, more frequent asthma attacks can certainly occur. Cigarette smoking also causes more coughing with accompanying phlegm. Additionally, smoking also increases the likelihood of emphysema and lung cancer.
Skin – One can easily tell that a person is a smoker by simply looking at the skin complexion. Smoking causes wrinkles, dry and yellowish texture of the skin. It causes bad odor on the skin, too, as the smells of the cigarette sticks to the skin.
Muscles – Less blood and oxygen flowing into the muscles can result in poor muscle tone, which makes playing sports and exercises difficult as it hurts easily.
Immediate and Short-Term Effects
- Smelly hair
- Less oxygen to the brain
- Deteriorate skin complexion
- Bad breath and stained teeth
- Experience frequent coughs and colds
- Increase heart rate and blood pressure
- Less oxygen to the lungs, which results in shortness of breath, reduces one’s physical fitness and endurance, asthma attacks in asthmatic individuals
- Stained fingernails
Medium and Long-Term Effects
- Gum disease eventually resulting to loss of teeth
- Mouth and throat cancers
- Heart-related diseases that can eventually result to heart attacks
- Emphysema or collapse of the walls of the lung tube
- Lung cancer
- Stomach ulcers
- Dry, discolored, and wrinkled skin
- Bladder cancer
- Infertility and impotence
- Poor muscle tone
Benefits Of Quitting Smoking
Certain Side-Effects While Quitting Smoking
For smokers, quitting smoking is probably the most precious or even priceless gift he or she can give to himself/herself. But why it’s difficult to quit? Please watch the story of this smoking nurse in this video;
Tips For Quitting Smoking From A Former Smoker
As you can see, it might be difficult, but it’s POSSIBLE. You will find more quitting smoking success stories like this at this link.
10 Self-Help Tips In Quitting Smoking
If you truly committed to quitting smoking, start making small changes in the way live or daily lifestyle that can help you resist the urge or temptation to light up a cigarette.
1. Establish A Definite Reasons For Quitting
Get a piece of paper, then fold it in half. On the first half, write the reasons why you want to quit smoking and on the other half, write every possible effect in your life later if you don’t quit smoking now. This will strengthen and keep your motivation high in keeping on track towards your goal of quitting smoking.
2. Make A Solid Plan To Quit
Although, it may seem silly, write your quit smoking plan on paper. And, if possible pin it at a spot where you can see it often. If it’s too awkward, keep that written plan in your pocket and read it once in a while especially when going to the toilet to pee, or when cravings occur. Set a date on it, and keep that date as a deadline to be smoke-free.
3. Busy Both Hands and Mouth
This is where nuts like Almonds, peanuts, cashew nuts, etc can be helpful. Always keep a handful of it in your pocket and when you feel you’re not doing anything and might lead to lighting up, get that nuts and eat it. It makes both the hands and mouth busy.
4. Be Active Physically
Studies have proved that getting active physically through exercise, or even a quick stretching routine or walking for 5-minutes can substantially help in cutting the cravings. Over time, it may help the brain to generate more anti-smoking chemicals that can truly be helpful.
5. Get Help
Often, family members, spouse, and friends are the best support group. You can also find various support resources mentioned earlier in this article. The key is to declare you are now quitting smoking and quit smoking for good. Let your friends and family know about it.
6. Be Friends with Non-Smokers
This can be difficult to some, but as long as you continue with your efforts in quitting smoking, you will find friends who do not smoke. When you’re at a party, try to find people you can hang with who do not smoke. Also, not all your friends who smoke will ridicule you, there are still those even though they smoke are supportive in your efforts.
7. Modify The Drink
Drinks like coffee, fizzy drinks, or tea make cigarettes taste a lot better. So, when going out, bring with you water or juice, instead, or even better… make yourself smoothies from vegetables, particularly green veggies.
8. Identify The Times When Cigarette Craving Occurs
Typically, cigarette craving can last up to five minutes. This is a helpful fact, as if you want to quit smoking and committed to it, you have to tackle that first five minutes of craving. If it’s too difficult and you feel like struggling within this first 5 minutes of craving, do something that can make you and your brain busy.
If you’re somewhat athletic, you might want to run around the park to help dissipate the craving power. Even doing exercises, cardio exercises or even Yoga can help overcome the craving period.
9. Modify Your Eating Habits or Diet
Most smokers have triggers to smoke right after eating if there is something in the food they don’t like, or simply the food triggers the brain to command you to smoke. In one study conducted, it has been found that some foods like meat turn smoking a lot more satisfying. Other foods that trigger similar effect include some fruits and vegetables and cheese.
10. Think and Be Positive
If you’ve quit previously and got relapsed, don’t stop until you make it. Make your intention to quit stronger you make a relapse. If possible, get help with a professional or with a support group to keep you highly motivated in quitting.
There you have it! This list may not be a comprehensive list, but it should be able to get you started. Don’t wait until tomorrow in quitting or next new year’s resolution. Do it and quit now.
The moment you quit smoking and decide it was your last cigarette, the positive effects begin to take place and the body’s self-healing process start to do it work. Of course, while in the process of quitting, you may experience certain negative effects like coughing, but as mentioned in the video earlier, it’s part of the process. So, don’t give up, but stick to it until you can quit completely.
Moreover, taking some quit smoking aids like nicotine patch can be helpful for some. Nicotine patches are a form of NRT or Nicotine replacement therapy. The Nicotine is really the addictive part of the cigarette, and replacing it through NRT can help one in quitting smoking successfully. So, give it a try, if you have the chance.