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Cigarette smoking is the most addictive and dangerous legal drug we allow in the United States. It has been proven more addictive than alcohol, and the statistics for new smokers are staggering. Every day almost 6,000 kids under the age of 18 begin smoking cigarettes, and over 80% of them will retain the habit through at least mid to late adulthood. Smoking cigarettes has been proven to cause lung cancer, emphysema, developmental problems in fetuses, and a whole host of other health problems. Some health issues related to cigarette smoking go undiscussed, such as poor skin, rotten and stained teeth, fatigue, bad breath, yellowing nails, bone loss, and more.


Quitting smoking has been proven very difficult. The nicotine in cigarettes is highly habit forming, and quitting takes a high resolve to make it through the addiction and the withdrawal in order to become smoke free. Most people try a minimum of three times before they successfully quit smoking. The cigarette industry has placed millions of dollars into smoking cessation medications, and some of them have been proven successful. Each smoker can only determine the method of smoking cessation that is right for them, and not every smoker will have the same success rate with the same assistance. Sometimes, two or three different smoking cessation aids must be tried before finding something that works.
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The earlier a smoker quits smoking, the better. While lung damage begins with the first cigarette, lungs can repair themselves up until the point in which they become diseased. Once a diagnosis of a smoking related illness is made, the smoker should quit immediately to prevent further damage to the lungs and to lessen the chance of death.

Smoking while pregnant can lead to low birth weight, fetal complications, and even fetal death or infant death. Smoking while pregnant has been linked to numerous developmental problems. Second hand smoke can also contribute to health problems in babies and young children, and has even been shown to be a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome.

The tobacco industry intentionally appeals to young adults and teenagers, advertising themes of sexual prowess, independence, and freedom, which of course are the three main issues that teenagers struggle with.


Smoking cessation is a very difficult process, one that often requires medical assistance. Fortunately there are more and more options associated with smoking cessation than ever before. Patches that help replace nicotine, lozenges which release nicotine into the body, medication which helps with withdrawal symptoms, and support programs. Most physicians recommend setting a quit date, informing family and friends of that quit date, trying to quit along with someone, identify smoking triggers, switching to a brand of cigarette that is unsavory, smoking only in restricted areas, and setting up a smoking support group of some type.


These simple steps in conjunction with medication, or nicotine replacement therapy can go a long way in assisting a smoker quit smoking. A smoker must know why they are quitting, and often writing down their reason, such as health benefits or the sake of their children, can help ease them through the impulse to smoke after the quit date has been reached. The first twenty four hours are the hardest. After that, cravings can be handled via breathing techniques and other methods of relaxation.

A cigarette craving only lasts two minutes. Of course to a smoker, they seem to be the longest two minutes in the world. However, most people can struggle through the first craving, but it is not uncommon for a second and even third craving to hit within minutes after the first. In cases like these, help, someone to call, and self relaxation techniques like deep breathing and a momentary medication can be very helpful. Some medications used for smoking cessation, like Chantix, come with a phone number to speak with a psychologist over the phone in an effort to help a smoker quit.

The initial stages of quitting smoking are very uncomfortable. Aside from the cravings and withdrawal symptoms, a quitting smoker will experience a cough that brings up the tar and overload of irritated mucous that has developed over the years. Coughing fits often happen at night and can be severe.

Smokers are urged to see their physician to help determine what method of smoking cessation is most likely right and cost effective for them. With a little help and a lot of determination, a smoker can become smoke free within 30 days of deciding to quit smoking, for life.
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