Why Should You Stop Smoking?

If there ever was a time to quit smoking, it would be now. One of the hottest topics in the United States, next to obesity, is to quit smoking. This corresponds with the current health care issues in our present society --- pound for pound and cigarette for cigarette.

In the United States, over 392,000 people are dying from smoking and second-hand smoke, which has made tobacco disease one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in our country. Smoking can cause lung cancer, heart disease and emphysema --- with many smokers already burying family members and friends who have died from smoking and smoking-related diseases.  Yet hard-core smokers still smoke, lighting up after funerals or after visits inside of hospitals to see a loved one who has one form of smoking disease or another.

All the reasons in the world to stop smoking will not mean a thing unless that smoker really wants to quit and makes a heartfelt commitment. In fact, that same smoker will search for just as many reasons why he/she should not quit, justifying their smoking habit even more. But facts cannot be ignored --- smoking is not only unhealthy for the smoker but also for those around them.

Why should you stop smoking

  • Once a person quits smoking, their sex life will increase due to the ability of the smoker to be aroused more as they will have higher blood circulation.
  • The smoker will be healthier due to inhaling fewer germs through the cigarette.
  • The smoker's piggy bank will grow faster due to more money being saved.
  • The smoker will have an increased sense of smell and taste after quitting.
  • People who quit smoking will be able to sleep better at night once the nicotine withdrawals are over.
  • The bones of smokers who quit for at least ten years will increase in bone mineral density, especially in women.
  • Smokers who quit will have 70% less chance of having hearing loss and ringing in their ears.
  • Non-smokers are less apt to develop psoriasis, as smokers who smoke over one pack a day have a higher risk of developing it than non-smokers will.
  • There is a more rapid progressive developmental time from HIV transmitting to AIDS in smokers than non-smokers. 
  • Carbon monoxide is caused by cigarettes, and when inhaled the body is deprived of oxygen.

Illnesses caused by smoking

Recent studies are showing that smoking speeds up mental deterioration five times as fast as that of a non-smoker. Alzheimer testing is now showing us that artery damage, increased risks of stroke and clotting are all leading to increased mental declines of people of varying ages, according to researcher A. Ott, MD at the Netherlands Erasmus University Medical Center. Additionally, studies at the Harvard University have found that smoking can also raise the risk of developing lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease which eventually can cause severe body pain, inflammation and tissue damage.

One of the more recent findings of smoking is that men who smoke over one pack a day were 60% more apt to suffer from erectile dysfunction, as compared to non-smoking men. This study was done last year at Miami's American Heart Association's annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.  It has also been found that smokers are four times more likely to become blind due to age-related macular degeneration, with smoking as the primary and modifiable cause of this progressive disease.

Maryland is performing new research on the cigarette alone, suggesting that cigarettes are filled with a bacteria that causes respiratory diseases, food-borne illnesses, and lung and blood infections.  This new study at the Maryland School of Public Health is looking at cigarettes in the Camel, Kool Filter Kings, Marlboro Red, and Lucky Strike Original Red brands.

Health benefits if you stop smoking

There is no easy way of getting around it, quitting smoking is one of the most difficult things a person can do since first lighting up as a youngster. Mark Twain once said, "Quitting smoking is easy. I've done it a thousand times." These are true words, as very few smokers can quit cold turkey the first time and actually make it.

The health benefits of quitting smoking may not seem so important at first, but over time the body will thank them. Addiction is nasty, and the cigarette's nicotine ingredient is just as habit-forming as cocaine or heroin. But health is the main reason most smokers choose to quit smoking, as 50% of all smokers will die from some form of smoking-related diseases unless they do so.

Smokers who quit smoking can benefit in many areas. This can be from not obtaining lung cancer; or cancer of the mouth, larynx, throat, esophagus, stomach, pancreas, cervix and kidney. Additionally, non-smokers are not as apt to develop different forms of leukemia. But the main lung diseases caused by smokers are emphysema and chronic bronchitis (COPD), which do the most damage to the lung area. This is because most smokers have already been diagnosed with these lung diseases before they ever decide to quit smoking. By then, it may be too late.

How you save money by quitting

At the price of cigarettes today, smoking is one of the highest priced non-healthy habits one can have, that is, next to using illegal drugs. By quitting smoking, the smoker is able to put money back in more ways than they ever could realize:

  • A person who smokes requires more medication, as cigarette smoking affects the body's liver enzymes which produce natural drugs. More medication is needed to supplement them for smokers. Once a person quits, the arsenal of medication can be cut back.
  • Many fires are started by smokers who fall asleep with a cigarette in their hand. Smokers are 6.6 times more likely to be hurt in a house fire than a non-smoker, with cigarettes 55% of the time to be the cause of the fire.
  • Those who smoke are four times as likely to develop Crohn's Disease, causing diarrhea, pain and sometimes intestinal surgery. This is just another disease that causes health care to expand financially due to smokers.
  • People who quit smoking will not eat as much, as it has been proven that smokers eat foods in excess with saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Clothing with cigarette burn holes need to be replaced continuously, saving money for non-smokers who are no longer burning holes away.
  • The mouth and teeth of smokers require more dental care, so once a smoker quits smoking there will be less fees spent on dental stains, oral cancer and gum disease.

How supplements can aid you in stopping smoking

To quit smoking naturally, many smokers use supplements and natural remedies to decrease the pain of nicotine withdrawals --- with pregnant women advised to get their doctor's permission first.

Different approaches work in different ways for different smokers, so if one supplement does not work then use another. But first of all, the non-smoker should make a list of their major symptoms, from the worst pain to the least. Once this is done, choose the supplement which would affect that smoking withdrawal symptom the most by researching that symptom online, choosing the most successful supplement that works.

The advantages of supplements are the fact they do not have nicotine in them, as in nicotine patches.  It works for some people and doesn't work for others, so it is an independent choice in using them. Additionally, not all of the smoking cessation products work. Researching them and reading reviews should be number one priorities before making a purchase.

Natural Supplementary Ingredients – Looking for an effective smoking cessation supplement that works should include (1)skullcap herb, (2) lobelia herb, (3) elderberry, (4) Eleuthero root, and (5) passion flower.

NicRX  -- This smoking aid is different from medical aids as it uses herbal relief to decrease anxiety, nicotine cravings, headaches and sickness. One of the main ingredients is Indian tobacco, or the natural Lobelia herb, which helps the body overcome the nicotine addiction. Other ingredients are passion flower, peppermint leaf, and ginger root.

Gentian --- Full of vitamins and minerals, gentian is beneficial to the liver and is known to increase vascular circulation, something which smoking destroys in the body. Available in a capsule form or tea (with tea the most preferred), this natural supplement is widely used in many anti-smoking products. If taken with licorice root, it decreases depression and elevates the mood of the non-smoker as it helps curb nicotine cravings.

Valerian Root and Passion Flower -- helps calm the non-smoker, great for relieving anxiety, nervousness and stress. But it also helps with problems with night sleeping and reducing headaches.

Alfalfa Sprouts --- the reason Alfalfa Sprouts are used by non-smokers is because they have been proven to lower the quantity of nicotine in the body through elimination with urine, lowering the body's nicotine cravings.

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