Anyone who smokes a packet of cigarettes a day can tell you that it's a very expensive habit. The average packet of cigarettes costs about A$15, so a pack-a-day habit will set you back around A$105 per week. Over a year, that costs out to A$5460, the price of two round-the-world air tickets, a week of four-star luxury in Vanuatu, or the fishing trip of a lifetime. But it's the hidden costs of smoking that are the real concern, the long-term health implications for smokers, their partners and families, including bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease and cancer. The very real cost of treating smoking-related health problems is reflected in the hefty taxes imposed on cigarettes by governments around the world.
Although impotence or erectile dysfunction can be caused by many factors, either physical or psychological, one of the major causes is smoking. This habit increases the risk of male sexual disorder depending on how much a man smokes. If you smoke one cigarette a day, things are pretty much under control; but if you smoke one packet a day, things down there can be problematic. More than 200, 000 men in the UK alone suffer from impotence due to smoking. This figure rises every year, making it difficult for healthcare regulatory authorities to treat erectile dysfunction effectively. Also, smoking is not just a risk factor that leads to impotence; it worsens the effects of other risk factors as well.
I quit cigarette smoking 13 years ago on March 10th. I hope after reading this article you will consider quitting too. I was a 2-pack-plus-a-day-smoker. I made a decision to smoke, I made a decision to continue smoking then I made a decision to quit. None of these times were met with fanfare, applause or notoriety. It had nothing to do with "reasons" it was what I decided to do. The decisions were just like any other countless decisions we make-where to eat, vacation, get married or live. Some decisions are serious, requiring thought, but others happen in a second that can impact our lives dramatically. This article isn't about why YOU should quit but why I quit and how.
I was more sickened than surprised when I read that several state health departments are offering free nicotine replacement therapy kits to help people stop smoking. The first thing that came to mind after reading this was the last line spoken on The Bridge on the River Kwai ... "Maddness! Maddness! " These "free" kits are available for six to eight weeks or while supplies last. Now here comes the best part... The kits are paid for by funding from the federal stimulus program and the Master Settlement Agreement. Under this agreement, 46 states receive payments from the tobacco industry to offset smoking-related medical costs and to help reduce the use of tobacco products.
Congratulations! You kicked the habit. Here is what to expect over the next two weeks and beyond: Day 1: You're on the your way! You may feel a bit strange, but that's quite normal. Remember: it's a new feeling for you not to smoke all the time. Day 2: Most people experience the second day as being very restless, thinking often of smoking. You're probably not much fun to be around either. Day 3: You will notice you can taste things you put in your mouth. Your sense of smell starts to improve. Physically, however, this is when things become difficult: your mind will try to trick you into thinking this was a bad idea, and you body will crave nicotine. Take a walk or a run;
There are many smokers who are always attempting to quit their habits due to its adverse reactions in the body. People who enjoyed using cigarettes for an extended time are actually going through unfavorable circumstances in the body for example constant coughing, allergies, stroke and the most detrimental carcinoma in the lung. Consequently, all methods of stop smoking aids are applied to be able to effectively end the consequences of cigarette smoking. A lot of people who smoke were unable to cease their smoking lifestyle due to their low strength to combat their smoking desires. Regardless if they try their best to refrain from smoking, they easily could not hold a couple of hours without having a little nicotine consumption.
One of the biggest fears smokers have about quitting is that they will gain weight. We hear horror stories of quitters putting twenty, thirty or even forty pounds on, and worry that the same will happen to us. But is it really necessary to put weight on when you quit smoking? And does weight gain depend on the method used to stop? I believe there are three main reasons that many people gain weight when they quit smoking. The first is that for many people, physical withdrawal from nicotine feels a lot like a hunger pang. In the period immediately after quitting, smokers going through withdrawal find themselves feeling 'hungry', when in fact they are experiencing a nicotine pang.
Going it alone: The generally accepted 6-month quit rate for someone who tries to quit without motivation, education or support (so-called 'cold turkey' or 'pure willpower') is 10% (5% at 12 months). Don't fancy your chances? I don't blame you! Let's take a look at some quit smoking aids, drugs and programs... Nicotine replacement therapy: These products include patches, gum, e-cigarettes, nasal inhalators and lozenges containing nicotine. Whilst a lot of smokers (quite rightly) feel that there is something odd about a nicotine addict taking nicotine to help them stop using nicotine (it's a bit like telling an alcoholic to drink wine instead of beer), manufacturers claim that these products can 'double your chances of quitting' versus using nothing at all.
A habit can be established in 21 days, according to Benjamin Franklin. It therefore logically follows that a replacement habit can be established in 21 days. To break the smoking habit should take 21 days. Not so. I smoked for 25 years with many failed attempts at quitting. I am amused at the promises and offerings on the Internet and TV of stopping in 10 days. You will not break the smoking habit in 10 days, 30 days or 30 years. You will always be an ex-smoker and hopefully a non-smoker. I am horrified at the offerings on TV to stop in 10 days, but they sell you a 30-day supply of their "Mouse milk". They then warn you of many things it can do to your body, including death, but so will cigarettes.
There are several quit smoking tips available that you should be aware of if you are going to try to give up the habit. Some are quite good, others not so great and some that may be just a waste of your time. I was a smoker who got all kinds of advice from various people, both smokers, ex-smokers, or those who never had the habit. I can't say I tried every suggestion because a few of them seemed to be pretty silly. Perhaps I should have so I could have stopped smoking sooner. Chewing gum, mints, or other candy is supposed to act as a substitute for the tobacco, but all it did for me was to lead to further trips to the dentist. I also found that I gained weight, so that suggestion went out the window.