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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

[AlternativeAnswers] Empowering Resolutions: Smoking Facts


Good Morning!

This month we will be keeping tabs on your New Years Resolutions, in
order to empower you, help you to stay on track and give you some
great tips for keeping your promise to yourself.

Empowering Resolutions: Smoking Facts

Stop Smoking Today!

Tobacco, in the form of cigarettes, is the most addictive drug in the
world. Nicotine is one of the strongest stimulants known, and smoking
is one of the most efficient drug-delivery systems. Smoking actually
puts drugs into the brain more directly than intravenous injection.
It is true that one of the "benefits" of smoking is the brief relief
of internal tension; unfortunately, within 20 minutes the tension is
back stronger than before, demanding another fix. Many of the
chemicals in tobacco smoke also affect the nonsmoker inhaling the
smoke, making "secondhand smoking" another important cause of lung
cancer. It is responsible for approximately 3,000 lung cancer deaths

Lung Cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women. An
estimated 180,900 new cases of lung cancer and an estimated 160,880
deaths from lung cancer will occur in the United States in the
following year. Smoking is the number one cause of lung cancer. Lung
cancer may also be the most tragic cancer because in most cases, it
might have been prevented -- 87% of lung cancer cases are caused by
smoking. Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 different
chemicals, many of which are proven cancer-causing substances, or
carcinogens. Smoking cigars or pipes also increases the risk of lung

The more time and quantity you smoke, the greater your risk of lung
cancer. But if you stop smoking, the risk of lung cancer decreases
each year as normal cells replace abnormal cells. After ten years,
the risk drops to a level that is one-third to one-half of the risk
for people who continue to smoke. In addition, quitting smoking
greatly reduces the risk of developing other smoking-related
diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, emphysema and chronic

Chronic bronchitis may result from prolonged exposure to bronchial
irritants. Cigarette smoking, environmental toxins, and inhalant
allergens can all cause chronic irritation of the bronchi. The cells
lining the bronchi produce excess mucus in response to the chronic
irritation; this excess mucus production can lead to a chronic,
productive cough. Bronchitis can be particularly dangerous in the
elderly and in people with compromised immune systems. These
individuals should see a doctor if they develop a respiratory

Low-tar, low-nicotine cigarettes offer no great advantages. People
tend to smoke more of them, or inhale more deeply to get the same
amount of nicotine. Pipes and cigars, if not inhaled, do not cause
lung cancer and emphysema, but do increase the risk of oral cancer
(as do snuff and chewing tobacco).

There are many programs available to help you quit: acupuncture,
hypnotherapy, and support groups. There are also a many products -
nicotine patches and gum, for instance - on the market that work for
some. None of these methods works reliably for everyone. Most
successful quitters do it on their own after one or more unsuccessful
attempts. Going "cold turkey" also seems to work better than
gradually cutting down.

Don't get discouraged. If you can't quit today, you may be able to
tomorrow. You want to be motivated. You need to do this for yourself,
not because someone else wants you to. You have to believe that you

Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit

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