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Added April 23, 2014

Risks Of Smoking

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Up in smoke: The best way to kick a smoking habitand other tips

 

What is it?

Cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobaccoall contain nicotine and are addictive. Most teens become addicted to cigarettes as a result of "social smoking,"just having a few at parties. In fact, cigarettes are the most common "entry drug" into other addictions. About half of all smokers start by age 13.

 

The U.S. Public Health Service calls cigarette smoking the most important preventable cause of death in our society.

 

Cigarettes are highly addictive, both physically and psychologically. It's one of the most difficult addictions to break.

 

What are the symptoms/risks of smoking?
In the short term, a heavy smoker can get nicotine poisoningdizziness, nausea, faintness, rapid pulse, and cold, clammy skin.

 

Long-term risks of smoking include:

  • Lung cancer
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Cancerthroat, mouth, esophagus, pancreas, kidney, bladder, cervix
  • Emphysema
  • Wrinkles
  • Yellow teeth

 

How is it treated?
Nicotine addiction is a bear. And stopping smoking is difficult. So the best treatment is NOT TO START! Although quitting is hard, you can do itin factover 1 million people in the U.S. quit every year and NEVER START AGAIN!

 

The physical addiction is very strong, and the psychological addiction is really complicated. Most addictions are associated with different activities. If you smoke at a party, when you're drinking coffee, when you're on the phoneyou know what we mean. A lot of people reach for a smoke unconsciously when they pick up the phone. And to other people, that morning cigarette and cup of coffee are inseparable.

 

So when you're trying to quit smoking, you have to relearn to do certain thingswithout the cigarette.

 

In the first few days after quitting smoking, the cravings are the worst. Nicotine gum or a patch can help during that crisis time. Here are some other quick tips: 

  • Set a quit date. Mark it on the calendar, stick to it. If you "fall" after that, just try again!
  • Try cutting down. If you can't go "cold turkey," at least cut back until you can give it up all together.
  • Make a lot of plansespecially for the first few days. Keep your schedule full of activities so you aren't sitting around by yourself freaking out.

 

Support groups are very helpful if you want to quit smoking. Nicotine Anonymous www.nicotine-anonymous.org has free, confidential meetings across the country, where you can get support, information, and meet people who want to quit, too.

 

For more information on nicotine addiction and quitting, visit these web sites: 

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SuperCuteKitty
SuperCuteKitty
Posted June 09, 2014
Smoking is really bad for people's health. And any other type of drugs. If someone you know is in drugs, please be a hero and tell them to stop.
gab :D
gab :D
Posted August 28, 2012
i dont smoke but i have been ofers
Prettygurl4444
Prettygurl4444
Posted June 22, 2012
I know about smoking ricks because in fifth grade I was in a program called D.A.R.E. I learned alot in D.A.R.E. I learned a song or two in D.A.R.E. D-I won't do drugs. And I forgot the rest of this song. LOL.... If anyone else was in D.A.R.E please tell me!!!
ickyvicky:)
ickyvicky:)
Posted April 23, 2012
I know the risks of smoking and drinking but i still wanna do it but i'm soo not doing drugs!
Lil 'One012
Lil 'One012
Posted July 24, 2012
well i never learned we=hen to smoke so i started a age nine i still am smoking but i never ever smoked ciggares i jus smoked weed it helpes me forget the sad and bad stuff it feels good especially if yur livin a sad life and just need to be happy and smile thru the bad thats why i smoke but i realize it dosnt get me no were in life !
musicluv
musicluv
Posted October 12, 2011
I honestly can't stand when people smoke, i mean, why do that to yourself?
queen supreme
queen supreme
Posted August 24, 2011
Good thing I'll never smoke!!! Its so gross and disgusting:(
dolphingirl321
dolphingirl321
Posted September 15, 2011
you should do an articail on other substianses exept for ciggerets I know of a lot of people who smoke other stuff then the basics
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