Every year in Ireland;
–6,000 people die of tobacco related diseases.
–30% of all cancers are attributed to smoking.
–Smokers also have a much higher risk of:
heart attacks, eye problems, stomach ulcers, impotence, spontaneous abortions, dental problems, mouth ulcers, osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis.
SO WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE TAKE THE RISK?
1.Nicotine is a highly addictive compound. It is instantly absorbed in the lungs and enters the brain in 6 seconds where it takes it’s effects.
2.As with other drugs of addiction, the effect of nicotine on the brain is very pleasurable at the start but as with any of those other drugs, heroin, alcohol etc, very soon you are just smoking to prevent withdrawal symptoms.
Using nicotine in the form of patches, gums, lozengers, sprays etc increase the chances of quitting by up to 70% compared to going “cold turkey”. Studies have shown that using a patch to gradually release nicotine into the system over 24 hours with a gum, lozenger or spray for breakthrough cravings is the most effective regime.
The benefits of giving up smoking start 20 minutes after your last cigarette.
At 20 mins, blood pressure & heart rate return to normal.
At 8 hours, blood oxygenation returns to normal.
At 24 hours, poisonous carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body.
At 2 weeks, circulation improves.
At 5 years, risk of heart attack decreases to that of a non-smoker.
SMOKING CAN COST YOU YOUR HEALTH AND FOR THAT MATTER YOUR WEALTH.
Smoking a pack of 20 cigarettes a day costs approx €4,500, there is a lot of nice things you could do with that!