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Tobacco Use

If you haven’t heard how hazardous smoking and tobacco use is, you haven’t been paying close attention. There is a worldwide push to diminish tobacco use. Why? Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death. An estimated 25% of all adults currently smoke, that is 45 million adults. 1 out of every 5 people will die from tobacco use each year, including second hand smoke. Ironically, 1 out of every 5 adults uses tobacco, the same number that will die each year.

Smoking deaths account for 30% of all the cancer deaths, lung cancer specifically. Death is merely the most permanent price paid; smoking affects every part of your body. About half of all smokers have to learn to live with a chronic condition, some of these are:

  • Cancer
  • Emphysema
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attacks
  • Chronic bronchitis

However, tobacco use can also be linked to:

  • Heart disease
  • Aneurysms
  • Bronchitis
  • Cataracts
  • Gum disease
  • Macular degeneration (major cause of blindness)
  • Reduced fertility
  • Osteoporosis (bone disease)
  • Ulcers

If you or a loved one has escaped one or more of these consequences, congratulations! Let’s join forces in hedging your risk by making the commitment to yourself today to optimally take care of your 75 trillion cells that make up your body that count on you to live and thrive. And for those that use tobacco; it can decrease your lifespan. The lifespan for men will decrease 13.2 years, and for women it will decrease 14.5 years. More than a decade of your life is gone. Sure there can be the rare exception, but people win the lottery, too…

Now even more alarming, teens are using tobacco. Statistically speaking, 22.3% of teens in high school smoke, and 8.1% of teens in middle school smoke. If they see an adult in their family that smokes they can either relate to or look up to them, and they are more likely to mirror the behavior.

Smoking is considered an environmental toxin. As your body absorbs the tobacco, it also absorbs up to 4,000 chemicals, including those used to preserve and flavor. Out of these chemicals, 60 of them are known carcinogens, cancer causing agents. These chemicals are absorbed into the blood through the lungs or salivary glands. Once in the body it gives you a brief feeling of euphoria. Why? Tobacco products contain a chemical, Nicotine, which makes the smoker feel good and want more. Tobacco users begin to form emotional and social connections to smoking. No different than any other addictive medication. They may partake after meals, during social events, while driving, during stressful situations, and during work breaks. All of these behavioral patterns create a chemical dependency.

70% of all tobacco users say that they want to quit and are unable to. 3% will actually be successful at it. As with all addictions including carbohydrate addiction, caffeine dependence, drug and prescription medication addiction, and any others it takes commitment and clear intent. The intention to be well and to be in control of your mind and body.

Quitting

The greater the dependency the harder it is to quit using tobacco. The addiction usually begins with a curiosity, “What is it like?” Then if the user continues to use tobacco, they become chemically addicted to it. At the same time, they become emotionally addicted to it and it becomes a part of their life. It is quite obvious why most tobacco users are unable to quit “cold turkey”.

If you or someone you know uses tobacco, it would be of great benefit to quit. In order to attain a healthy and stress free lifestyle, tobacco cannot be a part of your life. Consider what impact it has on your friends and family, even your children. If you are a young teen or adult, consider what health impact it will have on your future. Think about it the next time you have shortness of breath or a raspy cough. It’s no longer attractive; it’s your next health concern. If that doesn’t motivate your, quit for the ones you love. Second-hand smoke is just as harmful, and they don’t want to smoke. Remember, even if you “go outside to smoke” those chemicals are in your body fluids and on your clothes.

If someone wishes to quit smoking there are tools and strategies available for them. Some of these strategies are:

  • Nicotine patches or gum
  • Counseling
  • Distraction & Avoidance
  • Replacing the old habits with new, healthy ones
  • Group support
  • Reward yourself each time you succeed at resisting
  • Stress management
  • Consulting a medical professional
  • Exercise

Nutritional supplements commonly used in the clinical setting to help support the will power and intestinal fortitude that is required to stop smoking include:

  • L-Theanine
  • B vitamin complex
  • 5 HTP
  • Ginseng

For every cigarette you don’t smoke the toxic levels in your body decrease and your blood circulation can actually do its job. Now imagine if you quit using tobacco. Your body could breathe again. Oxygen will be effectively delivered to all your vital organs and tissue. Your body can begin to eliminate all the chemicals and preservatives that were being stock piled. Your skin will be revitalized with nutrients and begin to look healthy again. You will add seven years to your life by not using tobacco.

It is important for you to promote living a dynamic life of health and wellness. Tobacco use is such a large concern, it has taken years of research to get to the level of knowledge we are at now. We understand this and hope that we can provide some knowledge and motivation to quit using tobacco. Life doesn’t have to be about struggle, it can be all that you want it to be.

Summary

Quitting smoking will great affect your health and increase your longevity. If you are a smoker or use chew, it would be wise to quit. Tobacco use takes away from your life. If you are a parent that smokes consider the influence you are having on your family. A healthy lifestyle begins with ceasing your negative health patterns and adapting new ones.

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