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SO YOU WANT TO QUIT SMOKING

Quitting smoking can be a daunting task. Anyone who's ever tried can attest to that. There are painful physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms resulting from the now-absent -- and once comforting -- vice. Giving up cigarettes is so difficult that about 90 percent of smokers who decide to quit eventually fail. - 10 REASONS TO QUIT

 

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  • NO MORE STINK! Smokers aren't usually bothered by the smell of smoke that lingers in their hair and clothes. However, after they quit, they often find that instead of making them want to smoke, that smell offends them the way it does most other non-smokers. After quitting, getting rid of that unpleasant smell is usually as easy as brushing your teeth, taking a shower and making a trip to the dry cleaner. Yellow stains will start to fade from your teeth with time, as well. If you made a habit of smoking in the house or car, have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned to get rid of any lingering odor. It might take a while for the odors to completely diminish, but you won't be the only one to notice you don't smell like an ashtray anymore..

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  • FEWER WRINKLES Smoking's tendency to cause wrinkles is not some old wives' tale. Smoker's wrinkles form around the lips because of the heat from the tips of cigarettes [source: Hurt]. Repeatedly pursing your lips while smoking a cigarette can lead to those wrinkles, also. But smoking can affect the health of skin all over the body. Nicotine contracts the blood vessels in the skin, and those contracted blood vessels make it more difficult for the blood to carry oxygen and vitamin A to the skin's surface. On top of that, many of the chemicals in cigarettes are harmful to proteins in the skin like collagen and elastin. In the long run, smokers' skin becomes less elastic, and sags and wrinkles earlier than the skin of non-smokers'. After someone quits smoking, though, the quality of their skin can improve after only a few weeks. Some of the wrinkles from smoking may be permanent, but the increased elasticity and improved skin health will make those wrinkles less pronounced.

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  • SAVE MONEYQuitting smoking can add up to a lot of money saved from all those un-bought packs of cigarettes. On average, cigarettes cost about R40 a pack, although they can cost a lot more or less depending on local tax rates for tobacco products and how many packs a person smokes. Someone who smokes one pack per day will spend about R14,600 in a single year and a whopping R140,600 over the course of 10 years. Continue to extrapolate for a lifelong smoking habit, and you can see just how much money smoking costs. On top of the money for buying cigarettes, smoking costs money in places that you might not expect. For example, if you smoke inside your house, you may end up getting less money for it if you ever decide to sell. Buyers often offer less for a house if it smells like smoke to account for the cleaning costs to remove the smell. The same is true if you smoke in the car. You might have to pay extra to have a car detailed before you sell it to get the smoky odour out of the upholstery.

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  • LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMSSavings on insurance costs can add up to a hefty sum for former smokers. That's because it's common for one of the first questions on the medical history questionnaire of a health insurance application to be whether or not you smoke. Because of the many health risks associated with smoking, most health insurance providers consider smokers a liability, and charge them more for their monthly premiums to account for the increased risk of insuring them. That increase varies according to their location and the health insurer, but can be anywhere from R100 to R200 per month

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  • FOOD TASTES BETTERMultiple studies have shown that regular smoking deadens the senses of smell and taste [source: National Cancer Institute]. The exact reasons for the changes are still murky for scientists, and not all smokers experience the decrease in sensitivity as much as others, or even at all. But many smokers find that their appetites increase after they stop smoking, and they are able to enjoy foods more than they used to. That change usually only takes a few days. Possible theories to explain the improved palates of ex-smokers include constricted blood vessels in the nasal passages and taste buds becoming flattened from exposure to smoke. Smokers should be careful about overindulging their newfound appetite, though. Nicotine speeds up metabolism, so after quitting, most smokers experience a few pounds of weight gain. On top of that, some ex-smokers experience increased cravings for fat and sugar as symptoms of nicotine withdrawal. Focusing on healthier snacks can prevent further weight gain. Use a E-Cigarette to come of nicotine gradually.

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  • BETTER HEALTH The carbon monoxide in cigarettes prevents oxygen from getting to the blood. In the long run, that creates problems for the health of smokers' hearts. In the short term, those decreased oxygen levels makes physical exertion more tiring. Smokers usually have decreased stamina for exercise, and often experience shortness of breath during everyday activities like climbing a set of stairs or briefly jogging to catch a bus. Stamina starts to improve for ex-smokers a few weeks after quitting, so normal activities and vigorous exercise will be easier. Not only that, but that annoying smoker's cough will start to disappear after a few months. At first, it might get worse, but as the lungs naturally clean themselves of the tar in cigarette smoke, breathing will become much easier [source: National Cancer Institute].

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  • DECREASED RISK OF CANCERSmoking cigarettes increases a person's risks for not only lung cancer, but also cancer of the stomach, mouth, throat, kidney, cervix, pancreas and bladder. And 40 percent of the premature deaths in the United States that result from smoking in a given year are from cancer [source: National Cancer Institute]. The good news is that quitting will improve a person's health no matter how long he or she smokes. The idea that a lifelong smoker might as well keep smoking just doesn't hold up. An ex-smoker who has gone without a cigarette for five years has reduced his risk of lung and oral cancer by a full 50 percent [source: National Cancer Institute]. Ten years after quitting smoking, that same ex-smoker has the same risk of contracting lung cancer as someone who has never smoked a cigarette.

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  • FAMILY & FRIENDS Smokers are used to being told they should quit the habit by their non-smoking family and close friends. Quitting can mean a lot to a smoker's spouse and children. But giving up cigarettes doesn't only make loved ones happy; it can also improve their health. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, 46,000 people die every year from heart disease caused by secondhand smoke, and 3,000 non-smokers die from smoking-related lung cancer [source: National Cancer Institute]. Secondhand smoke, the smoke that non-smokers breathe in when they are close to smokers, is most harmful for those who are exposed to smoking regularly. Most often, that means children and spouses of smokers are at the greatest risk. Children who live in a home where someone smokes are more likely to develop chronic respiratory problems like asthma and bronchitis. Even without considering the dangers of secondhand smoke, children with at least one smoking parent are more likely to begin smoking later in life. That risk goes down if the parent quits before the child grows up

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  • FREEDOM FROM ADDICTIONThe nicotine in cigarettes is an extremely addictive substance. Smokers begin to enter nicotine withdrawal only 20 minutes after finishing a cigarette, and it takes about two and a half cigarettes before the average smoker has a full dose of nicotine [source: Volkow]. Those highly addictive properties explain why most smokers smoke regularly throughout the day, and why some smoke almost without stopping. The short time that nicotine actually affects the body also explains why smokers have such a hard time quitting; it doesn't take very long to crave the next cigarette. The physical addiction to nicotine is usually gone only a few weeks after quitting, however. After quitting, you won't have to spend time worrying about what you'll do if you run out of cigarettes late at night, how you will be able to smoke if you have a long flight or when you can take your next smoke break during a day at work.

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  • IMPROVED OVERALL HEALTHCancer isn't the only health risk caused by long-term smoking. Smoking increases your risk of heart attack, stroke, and chronic respiratory conditions like asthma, bronchitis and emphysema. When a person smokes, oxygen in the blood is replaced by carbon monoxide, the blood vessels narrow, and nicotine increases the heart and blood pressure. To make sure enough oxygen is distributed throughout the body, the heart has to pump harder in order to compensate. Eventually, this causes strain on the heart, which causes the heart disease associated with smoking. Respiratory diseases result from inhaled carbon monoxide and tar from cigarettes. Luckily for smokers who decide to quit, the health of the body improves very quickly after a person stops smoking. The blood pressure and pulse can be back to normal about an hour after a cigarette, and carbon monoxide will be out of the body in a few days. After a month, coughing and shortness of breath will improve. After only a year, an ex-smoker's risk of heart disease goes down by 50 percent. After 15 years, a former smoker has no increased risk of heart attack from smoking.

E-Cigarettes

Wanting to Give Up Tobacco Cigarettes Using E Cigs
Smoking tobacco cigarettes is harmful to your health. Don't take our word for it, there is plenty of guidance which explains the dangers of tobacco smoking and the benefits of giving up.

Giving up smoking is not the easiest of tasks however, despite smokers fully understanding the risks and perhaps even waning to give up. The truth is, smoking is addictive. The nicotine contained within cigarettes is addictive, the habit of reaching for a cigarette is addictive and giving up requires not only a lot of will power; sometimes it requires a little extra help.

Many people are turning to e cigarettes in order to quit tobacco smoking with a lot of success for many reasons.

Cutting the Chemicals
The chemicals contained within manufactured tobacco cigarettes include some eye-opening ingredients, from butane (used in lighter fluid) to arsenic (found in rat poison) to tar and one by-product is the toxic gas carbon monoxide. Most smokers know this, and despite the guidance on cigarette packet labels, in the doctor's surgery, on television and practically everywhere you look these days people still continue to light up and inhale these harmful substances.
The first step in giving up smoking and repairing your health is to banish these chemicals and many choose to switch to e cigarettes to do just that. E cigarette e liquids are made up from non-toxic propylene glycol, nicotine and flavourings with no nasty damaging chemicals in sight. The simple switch from tobacco smoking to e cigarette smoking is a significant one in giving up smoking and ridding yourself from significant harmful side-effects.

Cutting Your Nicotine Levels
A huge plus point for people looking to give up smoking is the fact that e cigarettes offer you the option to reduce your nicotine intake gradually while enjoying a significantly cleaner smoke. The e liquids which fill e cigarettes and even the pre-filled disposable varieties both come in various strengths. This means that smokers may choose the level of nicotine that they wish to inhale and where the goal is to cut back on this they may work their way down the strength levels until they are ultimately enjoying both a nicotine free and chemical free smoke.
Typically an e liquid or e cigarette which boasts around 1.2mg of nicotine is the same or similar strength to a regular cigarette. With levels varying from 3.6mg in varying levels to low as 0.2mg and even nicotine free e liquids it is easy to see how cigarette smokers switch to e smoking and slowly but surely reduce their nicotine levels without also battling the lost comfort and habit that exists with smoking.

Breaking the Habit
One of the harder habits to break about cigarette smoking is the habit itself. The physical act of reaching for a cigarette and drawing in smoke and enjoying the throat hit you are used to. This can be calming, a stress buster and of course enjoyable. Enjoying a low or nicotine free e smoke allows smokers to continue enjoying their smoking past-time without the harmful elements.
Once the chemicals are out of your system and you've whittled away the nicotine the only thing left to work on is the habit. At this point some smokers give up smoking altogether. Some find that they've reduced the amount they e smoke to the point where they only have the occasional e puff here and there and others decide that now they've given up the chemicals and the nicotine that they might as well continue to e smoke and enjoy a much cleaner yet familiar and comforting flavoursome e smoke.

The Future of Smoking Cessation and E Cigarettes
It is clear that switching from tobacco cigarettes to e cigarettes in order to quit tobacco smoking is something which works for many, is something which most definitely has some health benefits and which just makes good sense.
There has been some talk about the NHS in the UK officially adopting e cigarettes for patients to use via prescription in the next couple of years to use as a smoking cessation device and it is clear to see why many think this would be a good idea. While e cigarettes are not strictly speaking cessation devices officially as yet the scope is there and many tobacco smokers have already made the switch, working to strengthen and protect their health while still enjoying the comforting and quality e smoke that they have grown to love.