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Health Concerns.... Mental and Physical.
"The bedroom reeked of illness and death, looking and feeling much like a medieval torture chamber.
The now empty bed and the trapeze he used to raise himself
reminiscent of the rack; the breathing equipment with its heavy metal oxygen bottles,
some form of iron maiden; lingering evidence to emphysema and the pain and suffering he endured.
The 'Piccadilly' cigarettes and stylish Dunhill lighter, incongruous in this setting,
lay close by on the nightstand..."
excerpted from ..."The Death of a Father".
Wellbeing, glow.......being able to breathe freely again.....these are just some of the good results
of getting rid of cigarettes.
The hippocratic oath states that above all "To do no harm" and here append "To self or others".
Harm can be psychological, physical or both. If one could smoke cigarettes in such a manner as to
cause no harm, then there would be no need to get rid of them.
However in taking a closer look the following appears to be true of cigarette smoking:-
- Cigarette smoke contains drugs, toxins, irritants and carcinogens,
in the form of gases, vapors and particles.
- Not only does the smoker inhale these but also causes those around to breathe them in.
- This smoke anaethetizes the cilia in the lungs, crippling the capacity of the lungs to be self cleaning.
- Tobacco smoke causes nasal and bronchial congestion, resulting in coughing fits etc.
- It promotes incurable cancers of many kinds especially in the mouth, larynx and lungs.
- Heart disease is a major tobacco related disease.
- Typically smokers will suffer bouts of chronic bronchitis and eventually get emphysema.
- Smoking is also implicated in other diseases, the list keeps growing as more research is done.
- Smoking cigarettes will damage the circulation, leading to low tolerance of cold and in some cases causing gangrene (Buerger's Disease) which will result in the amputation of limbs or fingers.
- Often an affected smoker knowing this still won't stop smoking...
- Smokers need to take extra vitamins and nutriments as smoking uses these up at a faster rate.
- Smoking will significantly shorten a life and in all likelyhood be the cause of a painful death.
- All-round physical stamina will be reduced, producing associated psychological complications
- Smoking slows the responses and reaction times in a life.
- The cigarette smoker who smokes as few as two or three cigarettes per day is most likely addicted to nicotine and also probably to as yet other unrecognised substances present in tobacco smoke.
- Reduces sexual virility and causes damage to the human reproductive cycle.
- Cigarette smoking introduces a cycle of drug dependence to a life.
- Smoking, especially if begun early, will often retard a persons' emotional development, (This is a possible Catch-22 as it requires a mature and resposible attitude to get rid of cigarettes).
- Potential depression, anxiety and emotional instability are but a few of the psychological side effects.
This a very brief and incomplete look at the health issues, this topic could fill several books.
It is important to find out more about this, get other references.
The resources out there to help are abundant.
Check out some of the links on the understandings page.
For a place to start, find out exactly what chemicals tobacco smoke contains
and what they can do to lung tissue and other organs, this is a developing horror story.
Another good suggestion is to visit an oral and maxilliary surgeon and
have he or she talk about their work whilst examining your tongue.
Besides being cherished for its value as a toxic self-administered sedative/stimulant, the only other practical uses so far discovered for nicotine is as an effective INSECTICIDE and POISON...
An old Camel advertisement, one of many, from 1946 crows loudly about the fact that doctors smoke more Camel cigarettes than any other brand. Its not-so-subliminal message is -
"the medical profession not only approves of cigarette smoking, but also smokes."
A useful exercise might be to write an up to date version of it...
"I'll be right over!"
... 24 hours a day your doctor is "on duty"... guarding health...
protecting and prolonging life...
Plays... novels... motion pictures... have been written about the "man in white" and his devotion to duty. But in his daily routine he lives more drama, and displays more devotion to the oath he has taken, than the most imaginative mind could ever invent. And he asks no special credit. When there's a job to do, he does it. A few winks of sleep... a few puffs on a cigarette... and he's back at that job again...
THREE of America's leading independent research organizations asked 113,597
doctors to name the cigarette they themselves preferred to smoke.
The answers came in by the thousands... from doctors in big cities, in small towns...
from general physicians diagnosticians, surgeons, specialists - doctors in every branch of medicine! Results? More doctors named Camel as their smoke than any other cigarette!
Yes, a doctor, too, smokes for pleasure. Full flavor, coolness, and mildness mean just as much to him as they do to any other smoker. Smoke Camels and see for your self.
THE T-ZONE TEST WILL TELL YOU.
The "T-Zone" - T for taste and T for throat - is your own laboratory for any cigarette. For only your taste and your throat can decide which cigarette tastes best to you... and how it agrees with your throat. On the basis of the experience of many, many millions of smokers, we believe Camels will suit your "T-Zone to a "T."
Self-centeredness is not neccessarily a good thing or a bad thing but it can result in a lack of sensitivity and mental blindness. Which in turn can lead to self-deception and the unwitting deception of others.
- Six of you are standing outside an office smoking, sooner or later two of you will die an agonising death...
- ... the rest will contract chronic debilitating diseases (brochitis and emphysema).
- The smoker continues to smoke cigarettes and becomes increasingly concerned with what this might be doing to his or her health.
- The smoker keeps hiding from this growing worry.
- The worry then grows into an acute fear.
- The smoker acts 'unconcerned' and continues to smoke as if nothing is wrong.
- The fact of the smoker smoking with apparent confidence in the product and its effects, encourages others to smoke or to keep on smoking.
- Others perhaps not yet as aware of the dangerous odds or its addictive nature.
- The smoker knows that even if he or she escapes serious harm others won't be so lucky.
- Other peple he or she helped and encouraged to smoke...
- ..... reflective pause ...........................so,
- Six of you are standing outside an office smoking, sooner or later two of you will die an agonising death...
- ... the rest will contract a chronic debilitating disease.
It might be useful to assess your own part in this, not to apportion blame but as an aid to develop a better awareness and as an added spur to get rid of cigarettes..
Health and Happiness
The moment the intake of cigarettes gets seriously reduced, or even better still entirely stopped, the body's various systems (That have labored under the unnecessary burden of processing the toxic and carcinogenic chemicals in cigarette smoke) begin to wake up from out of dormancy and start to purge themselves. They try to return to the normal functioning they were set to do at birth. So for a while everything seem to go a little out of whack. The physical health might even appear to take a few steps backwards ( do see a physician if it does). But for most, please be re-assured, it will soon get a whole lot better and noticeably so.
Here are some of the things that might happen; starting with the skin...
- The skin it will begin to lose its pallor and take on a much healthier glow.Generally the whole tone and elasticity will rebound.
- Fingers will cease to be colored yellow from all the tar and particles condensing on them.
- The eyes will get brighter.
- Strange goings on may happen in the mouth and throat for a while.
- Gums may become tender and so might the skin in the mouth.
- Certainly the tongue will soon cease to be covered by a repulsive yellow and brown fuzz.
- Breathing should become easier through the nostrils, as blocked sinus passages clear and re-open.
- The sense of smell will become much more acute; it may even become very difficult to tolerate the smell of other smokers for a while.
- The sense of smell should keep improving over the next seven years.
- Some difficulty with breathing might be experienced. For example finding yourself holding the breath for no reason. Remember, a smoker trains him or her self to smoke and this involves inhaling and holding the breath, it is a deeply ingrained habit...
(You will be smoking without smoking for a while!)
- To counter this it might be neccessary to consciously breathe and to retrain the system...
- Coughing up phlegm might even get stronger as the lungs regain the capacity to properly clean themselves. The cilium in the lungs re-awaken and start doing their job, it may well be 2 or even 3 years before things seem much improved in this area.
- The voice may soften a little from the gravelly smoker's pitch it had.
- The risk of heart attacks and strokes will decrease - Consider yourself very lucky if you have not yet already suffered from one or both of these.
- The circulation will improve. Noticeable in the ability to handle temperature changes and having less pins and needles phenomena in the limbs.
- Pains, a variety of pains felt in the region of the heart and lungs will lessen in frequency and intensity and might even disappear altogether. if you have experieced such pains the advice is to see a physician without delay.
- The stomach: And here is another case of it probably getting worse before it gets much better.
- For instance diet can be affected, through habit cigarettes have typically been stuffed in the mouth at an alarming rate, and having stopped the hands will now reach for something else to stuff in the mouth, usually food, and unwanted weight gain will result.
- The digestive function can also be strongly affected, causing stomach cramps, gas etc...
- The intestinal tract - here everyone is affected differently by the withdrawal
symtoms. The experience can just as easily be one of severe diarrhea or constipation. There does not appear to be a unique set of across the board symptoms, but everyone who gets rid of cigarettes will assuredly experience something in this department.
This list is not meant to be exhaustive, it is here to point out some of the immediate benefits and difficulties that will be encountered by anyone trying to get rid of cigarettes. Its designed to seed a useful idea or two, and provide some easement along the way of this difficult journey you are underatking.
Nearly every study involving smoking has implicated it as an expediting agent in a variety of often lethal diseases. It is probable that the whole immune system will now gradually improve. Leading to a better all round healthy tone. The result is much like rain in a desert where parts previously suppressed now awaken and bloom. New energies appear together with improved wellbeing; yet another excellent reason for getting rid of cigarettes.
It used to be thought that 10 years after getting rid of cigarettes the ongoing risk to health would be about the same as that of a lifetime nonsmoker. Current research is showing that it very much depends upon such things as the age the smoker starts, how many and what kind of cigarettes were smoked and for how long
the smoker has been smoking. Some changes caused by tobacco smoke, although they might not kill, leave a residual elevated risk for terminal diseases. It is still well worth getting rid of cigarettes; the health gains are nonetheless substantial. The energy gains and the overall improvement in focus and enjoyment of life are well worth all the trouble.
One of the arguments commonly advanced for not smoking is that it saves money -money that would be spent on cigarettes. Although it might eventually do so for many more reasons than the price of cigarettes (insurance etc). It is a very ineffective reason for getting rid of cigarettes.
The reason can be stated in one word "Addiction", lack of funds never yet stopped an addict from obtaining the object of his or her heart's (or more likely the brain's) desire...
It is quite likely that much of the money saved by any smoker on not smoking cigarettes will get spent on Philip Morris's 'Altoids' or 'LifeSavers' - those tobacco excutives are quite bright, and that again is part of the problem...
The real financial gain will be discovered being able to accomplish more than when smoking. It will be in the living of a more productive life, having better health, feeling cleaner, being more energised and having more interest in other people and in the life around you.
Let it (come to) Pass