If a person quit smoking, the physical consequences can be terrible. The World Health Organization lists smoking as one of the most serious threats to human life and health. Approximately 7 million people die from tobacco-related causes every year. Researchers say that a smoker dies every 5-7 seconds in the world. According to researchers, if the tobacco consumption rate does not decline, then by 2030, 9 million people will die from cigarettes each year.
The effect of cigarettes on the body
The carcinogens that enter the human body with smoke affect almost every human organ and increase the risk of the following diseases:
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease);
- Cancer (lung cancer, laryngeal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer);
- Cardiovascular disease (heart attack, stroke);
- Impotence and infertility;
- Nervous system disease (multiple sclerosis).
The paradox of the current situation is that smoking is a preventable cause of death! All that is left is to forget bad habits.
But if it's that simple, why do WHO's numbers look so daunting?
More than a habit
The fact is that smoking is not just a bad habit, but the body's dependence on psychology and physiology.
Usually, the desire to try cigarettes for the first time comes from a smoking company. Everyone around was smoking, and no desire to stand out from potential smokers was observed. A hand stretched out to smoke, now you are no longer a happy black sheep: you are like everyone else.
This is psychological addiction. It was formed first. In the future, smoking will be delayed and become a ritual: a cup of coffee or smoking in the morning. Smoking when you are stressed, calm yourself down, smoking while working, solving problems-these are all psychological addictions, and the hardest to quit. Or completely impossible. A person who quit smoking will not smoke for a few years, but he will not feel relaxed in a smoking company. A former smoker must constantly control his desires and control himself.
Over time, physical addiction will increase to psychological dependence.
A person who is not addicted will feel unwell after smoking two cigarettes in a row. Smokers will not feel anything. The body accustomed to tobacco works in different ways, it is addicted to nicotine and already knows how to respond to its intake. Providing nicotine, the brain releases the hormone dopamine to neutralize it, thereby providing satisfaction.
Method of disposing of cigarettes
Only about 5% of tobacco addicts can quit smoking on their own. 80% want to quit smoking but cannot cope without the help of a doctor. Modern medicine uses a variety of methods to help tobacco addicts:
- Psychotherapy methods. Doctors help cope with withdrawal syndrome and find a joy in life that replaces cigarettes.
- Chewing gum or patches containing nicotine. They help overcome the unpleasant symptoms associated with smoking cessation and gradually release nicotine into the body. It is very important to use this therapy correctly, otherwise the desired effect will not be achieved.
- Reflexology (acupuncture, electroacupuncture, moxibustion, acupressure). Evidence-based medicine does not recognize methods, but according to former smokers, these methods are meaningful and beneficial.
- drug. It can only be prescribed by a doctor.
There is still a chance to solve it by yourself. At least, the difficult road to quit smoking started from her. Those who have been able to quit smoking shared various suggestions. They suggest that you find a partner because it is always more fun to be together; tell everyone your intentions-and then retreat is a shame; if necessary, drink plenty of water, chew gum, and carrots.
If you decide to handle the problem yourself, please use the following tips:
- Decided to quit smoking on a specific day.
- Find something to do for the first time-exercise just right.
- Remove everything that is reminiscent of tobacco: matches, ashtrays, lighters. Do not store any cigarettes in the home.
- enough sleep. Limit your TV viewing. This will help relieve fatigue and irritability.
- Water helps relieve withdrawal symptoms. Start and end your day with warm showers.
Interruption or withdrawal syndrome
Quitting smoking can cause nicotine withdrawal or withdrawal symptoms. Over the years, nicotine has been integrated into all important processes and has an impact on most human organs. Obviously, the process of reorganizing the body in a new way can lead to many different negative feelings.
Let's take a look at the main problems that every tobacco user faces.
- Weakness, dizziness, decreased performance. They occur in the first few weeks after nicotine withdrawal. A survey of former smokers indicated that these symptoms would subside within the first two weeks.
- Weight gain. Nicotine slows down the metabolic rate. If you quit smoking, you are at risk of weight gain. Quit smoking? Start monitoring your diet and increase your physical activity. Exercise also helps to get rid of obsessions.
- Shortness of breath, increased sputum, and cough. Tobacco smoke can irritate the respiratory tract and increase phlegm production. Because of nicotine withdrawal, the irritation of the respiratory tract ends, and it is difficult for people to cough up. This condition can be adjusted through physical activity, and it can naturally stimulate the bronchus and expectorant. If this condition persists longer, it makes sense to see a doctor.
- constipate. Nicotine stimulates the digestive tract. Without nicotine, your intestines need time and proper nutrition to function.
Practice has shown that a comprehensive treatment method can achieve positive results.
Consequences to the body
There is no easy way in this matter. Strength, patience and complete confidence in your own justice guarantee the successful completion of the work you started. The improvement of the body will come soon:
- On the first day, the level of carbon monoxide in the blood drops and oxygen is saturated.
- By the end of the first week, nicotine had been completely eliminated from the body. Physical addiction has been defeated.
- By the end of the first year, the risk of cardiovascular disease has been reduced by a factor of two.
- Within 10 years, the body fully recovered.
It's worth it. healthy!