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OnlinePharmaciescanada.com wants to help you stop smoking by providing non smoking products and discount prices.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is very common worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, about 15 billion cigarettes are sold worldwide per day, which is equal to 10 million a minute. However, many people would like to quit smoking. Why?

Smoking is expensive

Smokers who go through a pack of cigarettes a day spend about $35 per week, and about $1800 per year on cigarettes. Add that up over a number of years, and you have enough to put a down payment on a house or pay for the trip of a lifetime.

Not only do the cigarettes cost a lot, but smokers have to pay more for life and health insurance, and typically spend more on dry cleaning and teeth cleaning than non-smokers. The resale value of smokers’ cars and homes is reduced for smokers, and some companies do not want to hire smokers at all. Medication, which will probably be needed more as a smoker, is more expensive for smokers than non-smokers.

Smoking is connected to a myriad of health problems

On average, smokers have a lifespan that is 10-15 year shorter than non-smokers. They are at a higher risk of serious ailments such as coronary heart disease; high blood pressure; lung, mouth, throat and pancreatic cancer; emphysema; pneumonia; and chronic bowel diseases such as Crohn’s Disease than non-smokers. Smoking is also connected to many less serious health issues including gum disease and sleep problems. Female smokers are at a higher risk of developing cervical cancer, menstrual and fertility problems than women who do not smoke. Male smokers have a higher risk of erectile dysfunction (impotence) and fertility problems than their non-smoking counterparts.

The health problems that arise as a result of smoking are not surprising considering what’s contained in cigarettes.

Here are just a few examples of materials found in them:
  • Cadmium: a metal that is also put in batteries
  • Toluene: an industrial solvent
  • Ammonia: found in toilet cleaner
  • Arsenic: used as poison
  • Methane: sewer gas

Pregnancy

Mothers who do not smoke are healthier, and so are their babies. Smoking during pregnancy can cause a number of problems, for babies and their mothers. Babies born to mothers who smoke are more likely to be born premature, to have a low birth weight, and experience more problems at birth, than those who are born to mothers who do not smoke.

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy are also at a higher risk of experiencing spontaneous abortions and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Mothers who do not smoke also take less time to recover from giving birth and experience fewer complications in the birthing process than smoking mothers.

Second and third-hand smoking risks to others.

Quitting smoking can reduce risks of second or third-hand smoke for those around you. Second-hand smoke is the smoke coming from the burning end of a cigarette or pipe, and also the smoke that you blow back into the air after inhaling. Third-hand smoke is the smoke that gets trapped in skin, furniture, hair, or carpets.

Second-hand smoke contains higher concentrations of many of the harmful chemicals found in smoke, including nicotine, tar, carbon monoxide, ammonia, cadmium and hydrogen cyanide. For non-smokers, second-hand smoke can cause many diseases including lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, and many others.

Although many people are aware of the risks of smoking, they can find it difficult to quit. Often this is because smoking is addictive, and quitting can cause serious withdrawal symptoms.

Addiction to smoking

Nicotine is an addictive psychoactive drug contained in tobacco. It has both stimulating effects on the brain’s electrical activity and calming effects on a person especially at stressful times. Although the effects of this drug are not as dramatic as with the use of other drugs, nicotine does activate the “pleasure centers” of the brain when it is absorbed by the body through smoking. Smokers have a physical addiction to nicotine, but first develop their enjoyment of smoking because of psychosocial factors. Maybe they learn to associate smoking with a “treat”, a well-deserved break for hard work, or with celebration.

Because smoking is addictive, quitting smoking can be particularly difficult and can cause nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Much of these are as a result of stopping the intake of nicotine into the body, which creates chemical dependency. Withdrawal symptoms can begin as early as 4 hours following a smoker’s last cigarette. They get most intense 3 to 5 days following the last cigarette, and should be gone within about two weeks.

Common physical smoking withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Headache
  • Stomach cramps or nausea
  • Tiredness
  • Tingling in hands or feet
  • Weight gain
  • Cold-like symptoms, such as sore throat and coughing, as the lungs begin to clear

There are also emotional and psychological withdrawal symptoms that can occur with quitting smoking:

  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Feeling closed in
  • Loneliness
  • Cravings for cigarettes

There are many different ways that people deal with the nicotine withdrawal symptoms of quitting smoking. Taking up a new hobby, exercising, or having a support buddy are some examples. Smokers may decide on one of the following methods of quitting that reduces withdrawal symptoms also.

Methods of quitting

Once a smoker decides to quit smoking, they may decide on one or several ways to accomplish this goal.

  1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
    This is one option to help quit smoking. NRT comes in different brands, and in 4 different forms: patch, gum, inhaler, or lozenges. These release some nicotine into your body while you quit, so that the some of the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal are reduced.
  2. Support group
    Joining a support group can provide help and support while you’re trying to quit. Research indicates that people who join quit-smoking support groups are more likely to stop smoking for good.
  3. Counseling
    Some people choose to see or speak to a counselor about quitting smoking, which has also been shown to help people quit smoking for good. There are free hotlines available with counselors ready to help smokers quit. Counseling can help you deal with some of the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction.
  4. Cold turkey
    Some people decide just to stop smoking without the use of NRT or the medications listed below. They may mark a date on the calendar to have their last cigarette, or decide on the spur of the moment to quit.
  5. Medications
    There are also medications available to help people quit smoking:
    • Bupropin SR: is a prescription anti-depressant that can help make it easier to quit. Works on the chemicals in the brain involved in smoking addiction and can help reduce cravings.
    • Varenicline tartrate: can take away cravings to smoke and make smoking less attractive. Works in the part of the brain that is addicted to nicotine.
  6. Non-Traditional Methods
    Some people choose non-traditional methods to help them stop smoking. These include hypnosis, acupuncture or acupressure, laser therapy or electrostimulation.

Benefits of Quitting

There are many benefits to quitting smoking. Probably the most major is the reduction in smoking health risks, often within hours of quitting. Within 48 hours, the chances of having a heart attack start to go down and the senses of smell and taste begin improving. Within 72 hours the lung capacity increases. It only takes two weeks to 3 months for circulation to improve and lung functioning increases by 30%. Within a year, the risk of a smoking-related heart attack is cut in half. Within 10 years the chance of dying from lung cancer is cut in half. After 15 years of going smoke-free, a former smoker’s risk of dying from a heart attack is the same as someone who never smoked.

Besides being healthier, smokers who quit have:

  • More money to spend on other things
  • Lower insurance costs
  • More freedom, because cigarettes will no longer control their lives!

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