Steps to Help You Break the Habit<br />Smoking<br />
What You Should Know<br />More than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. each year are from smoking related illnesses.<br />It is a major cause of illness and premature death<br />On average persistent smokers die 10 years younger than non smokers.<br />
Chemicals Found in Tobacco<br /><ul><li>Benzene
Solvent found in nail polish remover</li></li></ul><li>Three Main Components of inhaled smoke<br />- Nicotine- Carbon monoxide-Tar<br />
Carbon monoxide<br /><ul><li> Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas found in car fumes, which reduces the amount of oxygen carried in the blood.
Oxygen is vital for the body’s organs to function efficiently.
The reduction in oxygen changes the consistency of the blood, making it thicker and putting the heart under increased strain as it pumps blood around the body. </li></li></ul><li>Tar<br />Tar contains many substances proven to cause cancer. Irritants found in tar damage the lungs causing narrowing of the tubes (bronchioles) and damaging the small hairs (cilia) that protect the lungs from dirt and infection.<br />
Cancer<br />•Lung cancer•Mouth, throat and nose cancer•Cancer of the larynx•Oesophageal cancer•Pancreatic cancer•Bladder cancer•Stomach cancer•Kidney cancer•Leukaemia<br />
Benefits from Quitting<br />–Breathing improves –Chest infections and colds become less frequent–Reduction in 'smoker's cough’–The smell of stale tobacco goes from your breath, clothes, hair, and face–Foods and drinks taste and smell much better–More money in your Pocket–You are likely to feel good about yourself <br />
Quitting<br />About 2 in 3 smokers want to stop smoking. Some people can give up easily.Willpower and determination are the most important aspects when giving up smoking.However, nicotine is a drug of addiction and many people find giving up a struggle.<br />
Tips to Quit<br /><ul><li> Get support and encouragement• Learn how to handle stress and the urge to smoke.When you get that urge to smoke (and you will), drink some water. Relax by taking a hot bath, going for a walk, or breathing slowly and deeply. Think of changes in your daily routine that will help you resist the urge to smoke.•Give yourself rewards for stopping smoking. For example, with the money you save by not smoking, buy yourself something special.•Get medication and use it correctly. Nicotine replacement products are ways to take in nicotine without smoking. These products are like: gum, patch, </li></li></ul><li>Statistics<br />