Many people think that smoking is an innocuous habit that does not harm health until they themselves face the severe consequences of tobacco dependence.
Cigarettes contain a huge amount of toxic substances and often cause various severe diseases, including cancer.
Smoking reduces life expectancy, besides, it is one of those habits that cause a huge number of deaths around the world. Smoking also causes us to grow old faster.
A recent study found that smoking can cost us 10 years of life, since it has a very strong effect on the work of the internal organs and accelerates the aging of the skin.
According to data provided by the World Health Organization (WHO), every year, 6 million people in the world die from smoking, while 5 million people are active smokers, and 1 million are passive.
Smoking affects health in general and causes more deaths than human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), alcoholism and drug use.
How does smoking affect our body?
Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, stroke, emphysema or obstructive chronic lung disease, bronchitis, lung cancer, esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, and skin cancer.
A study conducted jointly by American, British and Canadian scientists proves that a person can lose up to 10 years of life due to smoking.
This study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted to assess the dangers of smoking and to determine the positive consequences of abandoning this harmful habit.
Scientists have collected data on almost 217 thousand adults in the United States between 1997 and 2004. These data indicate that the risk of early death in a smoker is 3 times higher than that of a non-smoker. A huge number of deaths are associated with diseases caused by smoking.
The study showed that people who do not smoke have twice the likelihood of surviving to 80 years compared to people who smoke. Tobacco adversely affects the health of not only the elderly, but also middle-aged people.
The good news is that this study has proven that people who quit smoking on time can win 10 additional years of life. Those who quit smoking between the ages of 25 and 34, between 35 and 44, between 45 and 54, can receive ten, nine and six years respectively.
Is it possible to quit smoking?
Quitting smoking is difficult, but not impossible. With a rejection of cigarettes, former smokers often experience anxiety and other symptoms of withdrawal syndrome, which make us believe that it is impossible to quit smoking.
Positive thinking and determination can help you quit smoking, although you need to make some effort to do this.
If you want to abandon this habit right now, pay attention to the following methods:
- Immediately quit smoking: this is the most complex, but the most effective method. A sharp quitting of smoking gives a very good result – all the negative consequences of smoking quickly disappear.
- Gradually quit smoking: if you cannot quit smoking in a day, try to gradually reduce the number of cigarettes smoked per day, until there is not one in your daily list. To begin with, try to smoke half your daily cigarette norm and gradually reduce their number.
- Nicotine substitutes: another popular method is to replace cigarettes with other products containing nicotine in smaller quantities. It can be plasters, chewing gum, tablets or spray. This method is good at getting rid of cravings for cigarettes.
- Acupuncture: Traditional Chinese acupuncture helps to cope with the anxiety caused by smoking. Acupuncture perfectly relaxes and increases the motivation of those people who intend to give up cigarettes.