Quit smoking; its never too late.
Quitting smoking may at first a struggle but the prize for kicking the habit is to add ten years extra to live, it’s worth fighting for.
Started out in 1984, No Smoking Day celebrate annually on every 13th of March as a global health awareness crusade. The very first Smoking Day was held on Ash Wednesday. The primary purpose of this day is to circulate the negative effect of tobacco on our health. In this campaign, it encourages and educates smokers to break the chains of nicotine addiction. Yearly, No Smoking Day has supported a topic with brief and eye-catching phrases. One of the remarkable theme in 2010 “Break Free” and in 2011 “Time to quit” was used to help a smoker to kick the habit.
No Smoking Day was lead by a charity of four full-time staff in London with the same name. In 2011 this was incorporated with the British Heart Foundation and sponsored by a partnership of voluntary and governmental sectors that has concern appreciably in health. No Smoking Day’s most recent President, Duncan Bannatyne OBE (Order of the British Empire) was Scottish businessman, philanthropist, author, TV personality, and anti-tobacco crusader. He was nominated as Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (British Order of Chivalry) for his charitable contributions and generosity. In April 2008, Bannatyne who is an ex-smoker openly took on British American Tobacco at its AGM.
THE EFFECTS OF SMOKING
Smoking tobacco is one of the worst and serious bad routines anyone can be captured by. It causes dangerous effects on health and highly addictives. This habit usually begins when the teenagers due to peer pressure and to look cool, starts to smoke without knowing the dangerous effects of smoking.
From carbon monoxide to nicotine and nicotine to tar, there is no safe chemical in any tobacco products. These chemical substances you breathe not only cause a bad to your lungs but also your entire body and every organ in your system.
The different health consequences of nicotine into our body:
- Nervous Systems – Like heroin, nicotine from cigarettes is addictive and it is difficult to quit. It accommodates the large dosage of nicotine and makes the smoker feel energized. As the effect wears off, you will crave more and feel tired. The result is nicotine withdrawal is when the brain stops getting the nicotine. You may experience the craving for more cigarette smoking, irritable, distressed and tense. It can also cause insomnia, fatigue, and headaches.
- Respiratory Systems – Smokers experience swelling in the tissues and its tiny sacs (alveoli) of the lungs. When you annihilate these alveoli, you have permanently destroyed part of your lungs because it never repairs. You feel tightness, wheeze, and shortness in breathing due to irritation of the lungs and windpipe that can give you mucus and chronic cough. It builds up inflame scar tissue and leads to bodily changes to your windpipe that can make you breathe hard.
Smoker has a higher risk of the following chronic lung diseases:
- a group of lung disease called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD)
- Emphysema – causing so much damage to the lung’s air sac.
- Chronic Bronchitis, constant soreness in the lining of the bronchial tubes. Short term respiratory congestion and discomfort as your lungs and airways begin to heal from nicotine withdrawal. A positive sign that your respiratory system is recovering when mucus increased production right after you quit smoking.
- Circulatory Systems – or cardiovascular is a system of the organ that allow blood to circle around the body and distribute hormones, nutrients, oxygen, and blood cells that will help in fighting diseases. Smoking raises your blood pressure. It can weaken your blood vessels and heart, puts stress on it and it less able to pump blood. Making the heart work even harder, the carbon monoxide from the cigarette smoke contributes to a lack of oxygen. This increases the risk of heart disease and heart attack. Nicotine also makes smoker’s blood viscous and thick. It can make your heart harder to move it around your body. Glutinous blood will form blood clots that obstruct blood flow to your brain, heart, veins, and down to your legs and feet. This sticky, semi-solid blood damages the fragile blood vessels lining over the period of time. This damage can increase your risk for a heart attack or stroke. The number of white blood cells stays high when you smoke. These cells help us defend our body from infections. An inflated white blood cell count is as an indicator to our body that let you know if you have been injured. Your body is continually fighting against the inflammation is caused by nicotine.
- Digestive Systems – these are the group of organs that help in breaking down the food that enters our body in order to help our circulatory system distribute the nutrients that we need.
Smokers create oral health problems, like mouth ulcers, gum disease and even cancers of the throat and mouth. As soon as you start smoking at a young age, you are more likely to lose your teeth and have cavities. Also, some tobacco smokers have bigger tummy compare to non-smokers and more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a serious illness that leads to heart disease, cataract, blindness, amputation, and kidney failure.
- Integumentary Systems – It includes the skin (largest organ of the body), hair, and nails. The most evident signs of smoking include changes to the structure of your skin. The risk of squamous cell carcinoma (skin cancer) shown in the recent study and increases dramatically.
Smoking increases the probability of fungal nail infections but nails are not immune from the effects of tobacco. Smoker also experiences hair loss, graying, and balding.
- Reproductive Systems – or called as sex organ or genital system which operate together for the sexual reproduction. The genital areas of both men and women can affect the blood flows of the smoker and also lower its sex hormones and sexual desire. Men can decrease sexual fulfillment while women can result in decreasing moisturize, ability to reach orgasm and sexual dissatisfaction.
We pick up many habits from our daily routine and soon it becomes a part of our life. Some habits are good and some can affect your health in a cruel way and even cause demise. It has become very clear how terribly dangerous smoking is in the last few decades. Smokers didn’t even notice that the nicotine they are smoking and taking also affects non-smokers health.
The highlight of the “No Smoking Day” event is to educate the smokers and to help them to quit.
HOW TO QUIT
Decide to quit. Congratulations. It may difficult at first to stay nicotine-free but you can do it.
It is not just a personal resolution. The immunity of people who do not want to be affected by second-hand smoke that led to some new laws and rules that ban smoking in public places in most countries.
Here are some easy plans:
- Decision Plan to Quit – make a list of plan and reason on quitting the habit to stay your goal on focus. Be honest and sincere on your needs. Pick your quit date and this will be your personal commitment. Write down the date, look it every day as your determination get closer.
- Stay Busy – exercise, chew a candy or gum, drinks a lot of water or go to a movie are some activities can keep you busy on your quiet days. It will help you distracted from nicotine cravings and temptation
- Throw away all your smoking device, lighters, and ashtrays. Avoid all the smoking triggers. It also helps if you spend more time on your non-smoking friends than smokers.
- Stay Focus and Positive on Being Smoke-Free – As you plan to quit, try to make it a long term plan. Pay attention to your quitting date and stay positive. This may be difficult at first but it will make sense on you most especially to your health.
- Seek For Help and Guidance – If you really having a hard time on your own quitting the habit alone, you can ask help from your non-smoker family, friends and even professional doctors. They can help you fight the battle and sometimes can give you better ideas and solution.
There are many people who have fortunately quit their nicotine addiction. No Smoking Day advocate will help smokers to pursue their ways, how to quit smoking and spreading the knowledge and information about the effects of smoking not just for the body also for the environment.