The effects of smoking and what you can do to stop it

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Smoking has serious effects on the general health of the smoker. Whether inhaled directly or through passive means, the smoke from cigarettes contains toxic elements that can cause diseases. Some of the effects include:


Different Types of Cancer
Study has shown that inhaling tobacco leads to the development of cancerous cells. When you smoke, you increase the risk of suffering from different types of cancers. These cancers include stomach cancer, throat cancer, pancreatic cancer, lung cancer, and bladder cancer. You can reduce the risk of contracting any of these cancers if you stop to smoke.
Genetic Damage
A study done in 2011 indicated that smoking has adverse effects on the DNA of a human being. The study involved 12 volunteers whose DNA was observed before and after they smoked. It was discovered that the cigarettes produced a toxic substance that resulted to DNA mutation after a few minutes. This shows that the toxic substances contained in a single cigarette can trigger DNA changes and a disruption of the genetics.
Stillbirth Risks
Tobacco poses many health risks to the unborn baby. When pregnant mothers smoke, they subject their unborn babies to passive smoke. This can cause many problems to the baby such as premature birth, low birth weight, heart problems, and birth defects among others.
Teeth Decolourization
Most smokers have decoloured teeth due to the toxic smoke affecting teeth. This is a huge problem, especially for chain smokers because it affects their image. Besides staining teeth, smokers face the risk of losing teeth, having mouth cancer and suffering from gum diseases. These can all be avoided by simply quitting the habit.
Economic Effects
Apart from the health problems, cigarette smokers spend a lot of money on buying cigarettes. Once smoking becomes an addiction, the victim spends some part of their income on purchasing cigarettes on a daily basis. Other risks may include starting fires that can cause millions in damages.
Solutions for Smokers
Withdrawing from taking cigarettes can be challenging, especially for addicts who have smoked for many years. To help you stop this habit, here are some things you can do:

Gradual reduction– Try to reduce the extent of your tobacco intake by cutting down on the number of cigarettes you take in a day.

Using electronic cigarettes – You can switch to electronic cigarettes to help you stop this habit. E cig produces no smoke or flame, meaning it’s less toxic and helps you fight your cravings. People who have tried an E cig have reported a high success rate for smokers who are trying to quit.

Change your eating habits Research indicates that changing your diet can help you to quit cigarettes in a natural way. There are foods that can change your craving so that you don’t need to smoke to satisfy this feeling.

Reduce the effects of smoke- You can reduce the effects of tobacco by simply washing your hands after you smoke, keeping ashtrays clean, changing your clothes and opting to smoke outdoors where there are no people.

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