Going Smoke-Free

Smoking is the most common preventable cause of mortality in Western countries. Smoking affects the entire body and increases the risk of getting sick, for example. Cardiovascular diseases, lung cancer, various cancers and osteoporosis. Every other smoker dies premature for tobacco-related illness, and about 14% of all deaths are due to tobacco. Smoking decreases the expected average age for up to 10 years.

Quitting smoking is the most effective and fastest way to improve your health

Smoking affects the whole body. Quitting smoking reduces the risk of contracting many diseases, facilitates the treatment of diseases and speeds up healing. When you give up on smoking your overall life quality improves.

Preparing for smoking cessation

Stop smoking is often difficult, and only a few will succeed in solving it by simply quitting one step without support and preparation. The preparatory phase includes the consideration of the grounds for termination, the anticipation of the decision-making and the difficulties ahead, the decision to terminate it itself and its maintenance.

Problems with quitting

Quitting smoking causes most withdrawal symptoms that may be physiological, psychological, behavioral, or social.

  • The most common withdrawal symptoms are:

• impatience
• craving for tobacco
• agitation
• difficulty concentrating
• difficulty sleeping
• headache
• increased appetite

  • Symptoms can be treated with medicines the most simple of which is nicotine replacement therapy

Nicotine is available as chewing gum, patch, sprays or lozenges. Nicotine preparations are also safe when used correctly for people with coronary heart disease. They have proved to be useful in reducing tobacco smoke and withdrawal symptoms.

Quitting smoking

Quitting smoking is not successful always on the first time. Many smokers try to stop smoking on average 3-4 times before their lasting success. Up to three out of four people will be resume smoking during the first non-smoking month. The most important reasons for re-starting are weight management problems, alcohol use and coffee. Predicting these situations will be useful for keeping a decision to stop. It's still good to keep in mind that next time success can already be easier.

In addition, quitting smoking

• Significantly reduces the risk of cancer
• Increases oral health
• Reduces the risk of thyroid problems
• Contributes to the success of surgery and wound healing
• Reduces the risk of peptic ulcer
• Improves the wellbeing of the skin and slows the formation of wrinkles
• Reduces unpleasant mouth dryness
• Reduces male erection problems


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