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Tobacco Detox

Chewing, Sniffing or Smoking techniques are employed to extract nicotine, which after absorption into blood stream reaches the brain. Cigarettes, first introduced in 1850 simplified the whole process. Each pull on a cigarette and drawing of smoke into the lungs shoots a dose of nicotine into the blood stream and within 10-15 seconds this dose will have reached the brain..

Cigarettes are an integral part of 20th Century life-A pleasurable commodity, a symbol. In the movies, the curling cigarette smoke often denoted romance. Elegant cigarette holder became a sign of sophistication.

WHY DO WE SMOKE?
It’s the nicotine that keeps smokers hooked. When the nicotine level in the blood stream falls, the body starts to crave for a cigarette. This craving lasts for 2 or 3 minutes, which if you can resist, can get you right on track to giving up smoking!

Cutting down doesn’t work: As you cut down, each cigarette becomes more important and you inhale harder and deeper, causing more damage to your heart and lungs. Research suggests that most people who try to reduce their number of cigarettes soon return to their original number.

HOW DOES IT DAMAGE?
Smoking affects most of the body parts:

  • Throat: Cancer of the Oral Cavity, Larynx and Tongue
  • Lungs : Asthma, Chronic Bronchitis, TB, and Lung Cancer
  • Heart : Blood Pressure, Heart Attacks
  • Brain : Stroke, Cancer in many parts of the brain
  • Eyes : Increased Cataracts, Retinal Detachment and macular Degenerations.
  • Impotence, Miscarriages.
  • Wrinkles on the face, Hair Loss.
  • Suppresses the Immune System decreasing the ability of the body to fight against infections and cancer.

Roughly one fourth of whatever harmful effects smoking has on smokers, it also has on passive smokers. The second hand smoke can cause and aggravate asthma and other breathing problems. The chemicals in the second hand smoke poison the heart muscle, thicken the blood vessels and block them, leading to heart attacks and strokes.

Why quit?

  • One smoker dies every 5 minutes from heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, or other related diseases. Quit smoking and reduce this risk by 50%.
  • You will not smell of stale tobacco and your taste will improve.
  • Improve you self-esteem .You will feel good about your success in getting rid of a bad habit.
  • Your work efficiency will improve.
  • Look at what you can save. Put aside the money you burn daily on cigarettes and you can buy yourself a new vehicle in a few years time.
  • No more nagging from your family.

How to quit?

  • Make a firm decision to quit. There are more ex smokers in the world than smokers. If millions have quit so can you.
  • Don’t let past failures to quit discourage you. NEVER GIVE UP TRYING TO GIVE UP SMOKING.
  • Make other changes in your lifestyle like regular exercise, healthy diet, meditation and reading.
  • If you can’t stop on your own, join a quit smoking group. Share your experiences with others who are quitting.

Certain medicines to reduce the craving and nicotine replacement therapy are needed for heavy smokers.

Few among the 4000 Hazardous chemicals in tobacco

Chemical Name

Substance Name

  Arsenic

  Rat Poison

  Ammonia

  Toilet Cleaner

  Acetone

  Nail Polish remover

  Carbon monoxide

  Car exhaust fumes

  Butane

  Cigarette lighter fluid

  Cadmium

  Found in Batteries

  Cresol

  Main ingredient for industrial plastic    and adhesives

  DDT

  A pesticide that has been banned    from use

  Formaldehyde

  Dead body preservative

  Isoprene

  Natural base for tire rubber

  Hydrogen cyanide

  A fumigation poison banned from    international use

  Methanol

  Used as rocket fuel

  Nicotine

  Insecticide/addictive drug

  Naphthalene

  Moth balls

  Nitrobenzene

  Gasoline additive

  Pyrene

  A main constituent of coal tar

  Toluene

  Industrial solvent

  Carcinogen(substance that    causes   cancer)

  Tar