01 August 2006

Deadly addictive power

There are many health risks in smoking tobacco; it strikes the cardiovascular system, resulting to heart attack, respiratory tract diseases, and even cancer. In spite of these health risks, majority of smokers just find it so difficult to quit, foremost, because all of smokers become addicted to the nicotine contained in tobacco products.

Once people get hooked, smoking becomes a big part of their lives. For those who have been smoking for quite a while already, they may not realize it, but they form some emotional attachment to cigarettes. They find the cigarette calming and comforting during stressful times. Cigarette smoking somehow becomes an extension of their social life, particularly when they are emotionally at the highest or lowest. Smoking is a stubborn habit because it is closely tied to the acts in the course of people's everyday lives.

Nicotine has a deadly addictive power. From lungs, through inhalation, nicotine is absorbed into the bloodstream just as the oxygen people breathe. It travels with the blood to the brain and makes the smoker feel a euphoric sensation. Smokers find it difficult to quit because they come to be dependent on this good feeling. And in wanting to experience this repeatedly, this leads to addiction.

Regardless of the understanding that smoking habit is killing, addiction to the nicotine incite smoker to light up a cigarette, and, after some time, another one. A person who attempts to quit may experience withdrawal symptoms. Depression, headache, dizziness, cough, fatigue, insomnia and whatever smoker's brain can contrive to the smoker's body and mood to force smoker to light up new cigarette. Smokers find themselves reaching for a cigarette and lighting it up automatically without even thinking about it.

Quitting smoking begins with smoker's intention to stop. Smoker must have the will power to overcome the craving for smoke. Family and friends support are proved to be very helpful. Smokers must understand that to quit smoking may take more than one attempt. It is hard to quit smoking, but with will power and a strategy, quit smoking is not out of the question.

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