August 12, 2010

Exposure to Second-Hand Smoke Linked to Mental Disorders

Smoking has been linked to depression and other mental health conditions, but recently it was found that not only smokers are prone to this, but also those exposed to second hand smoke are also at an increased risk.

The study looked at over 5,600 people who do not smoke, and about 2,600 who do smoke. Using a questionnaire the researchers found out that people who do not smoke, but are exposed to second-hand smoke were 1.5 times as likely to suffer from psychological symptoms as non-smokers who were not exposed to second hand smoke. Although people who actually smoke are 4 times more likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital than those who have not smoked or been exposed to second hand smoke, it is astonishing to find that those exposed people are also 3 times as likely to be admitted to a psychiatric hospital. It is still unknown whether those who establish mental health problems are more likely to start smoking or if smoking helps cause the mental health problems.

So far it is only known that mental health and smoking are connected, but further research is needed to develop these ideas. Now that these risks have been increased, smoking warnings are becoming increasingly serious. Smoking has been linked to heart disease, lung cancer, cancer of the larynx, cancer of the oral cavity or esophagus, emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and most recently, mental conditions. Exposure to second-hand smoke has been linked to causing sudden infant death syndrome, acute respiratory infections, ear problems, severe asthma, slowing lung growth in children, and mental diseases.

Eight Ingredients That Will Turn You Off Smoking Forever

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quit smoking, smoking, cigaretteEach cigarette in a pack of smokes contains thousands of chemicals, including up to six hundred additives and flavorings. When a cigarette is ignited, approximately four thousand chemicals are released – and then inhaled into the lungs. If you smoke, you’ve probably heard of numerous reasons to quit, and also the numerous conditions that can be caused by smoking. These chemicals are responsible for the damaging conditions caused by smoking, and will continue to cause damage for as long as you continue to expose yourself to them.

Eight of the Friends in Your Cigarette:

Nicotine: This chemical is supplied in the tobacco in your cigarette, and is additionally the reason that you keep smoking. The addictive component of nicotine causes you to crave your next cigarette, and makes quitting smoking nearly as hard as breaking a heroin or cocaine addiction. Nicotine influences your brain within seven seconds of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, causing your blood pressure to rise and the tiny blood vessels under your skin to constrict, causing wrinkles.

Tar: This ingredient is the main contributor to the throat and lung cancer that can be caused by smoking cigarettes. Tar additionally leaves yellowing stains on your fingers, teeth and lung tissue.

Carbon Monoxide: If you’ve visited a house that has been built in the last five years, you may have noticed that it was equipped with a carbon monoxide detector, because no amount of carbon monoxide is safe to come into contact with. This poisonous gas has a drastic effect on your body and inhibits your ability to absorb oxygen, limiting the amount of physical activity that you are able to participate in.

Hydrogen Cyanide: This chemical is the poison that is used in the gas chambers; it’s already recognized as a lethal substance. Although the dosage found in cigarettes is relatively small, hydrogen cyanide is still able to disable the filter system in your lungs by damaging the tiny hairs that usually prevent toxic substances from entering your lungs.

Benzene: This chemical was originally used in many industrial products, but has since been removed because of its high toxicity and additionally because it was linked to the cause of leukemic cancer within the body.

Formaldehyde: This chemical is generally used in the process of embalming, which is implicated to preserve dead bodies. Formaldehyde is additionally a substance that is also known to cause cancer.

Arsenic: Do you remember that ant problem you had last year? It was so bad that you had to put out ant traps, which definitely took care of the problem. Arsenic is the poisonous substance that is generally found in ant poison, and has the same effect on the inner tissues of your body as those poor ants – extermination.

Phosphorus: The inhalation of this chemical will cause severe damage to your body over time – prolonged phosphorous poisoning is associated with serious bone decay.

When you smoke a cigarette, you expose your lungs, bloodstream and organs to these eight chemicals, plus another three thousand nine hundred and ninety-two chemicals that haven’t been mentioned. If you ever needed a reason to quit smoking, just what you’re smoking might be the reason you’re looking for.

May 28, 2010

Smoking Causes Gene Mutations

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smoking, quit smokingRecent studies have uncovered yet another negative effect of smoking – the genetic mutation of DNA. A recent Canadian study has demonstrated that smoking causes DNA mutations within sperm cells, implementing that children of male smokers may inherit permanent and negative changes to their DNA before they are even born. Two comprehensive studies conducted in the United States and the United Kingdom have further revealed that a single lung tumor is likely to contain tens of thousands of genetic mutations, and that additionally fifteen cigarettes will cause a single genetic mutation. If you’re wondering whether genetic mutation is really a big deal, let me assure you, it is. When cells are caused injury because of the body’s condition, which may include being exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays or smoke inhalation, the cell becomes a genetic “error” and begins to multiply in an out-of-control fashion. This mutated cell literally becomes cancerous, and as it continues to multiply, it will either form a malignant or benign tumor.

If smoking just fifteen cigarettes has the potential to mutate your genes and give you cancer, every pack of cigarettes you buy could put you on your deathbed. For example, smoking just one pack of cigarettes per week will leave you with forty-eight gene mutations at the end of the year, one of which could be life-threateningly cancerous. By quitting smoking, it’s easy to rid yourself of the risk of acquiring cancer – before it’s too late.

Although this new research doesn’t bode well for current smokers, the development in cancer treatment research has been catapulted forward, as this new method of research that has been developed to analyze the genetic sequencing and mutations will allow cancer researchers to identify gene sequences and eventually develop a way to counter-act the genetic errors that have occurred as a result of smoke inhalation and exposure to sunlight.

If you’re interested in quitting smoking, talk to your doctor about different quitting methods, between nicotine products and medications that don’t contain nicotine, you’ll find a method of treatment that’s right for you.

March 19, 2010

How to Quit Without Nicotine Products

If you are a longtime smoker, then you know how difficult it is to quit smoking. And you’re not alone. Around the globe, about one third of the male adult population consistently smokes cigarettes. We’ve all heard the statistical reasons for quitting, that every eight seconds someone dies from tobacco use or that in 2030, if smoking rates continue, one in every six people will die from smoking. And then there are the emotional appeals, begging you to think about your children or loved ones and how your smoking habit affects them now and then also in the future. All of these are great reasons to quit, and you would’ve quit, or you tried to with the help of a nicotine product, and it really just didn’t work.

There is an argument that nicotine products don’t really help in fixing your nicotine addiction, as the nicotine is still being administered into your body, often straight into your blood stream, which meets the needs of your nicotine addiction and doesn’t help you to stop. But if you don’t use any nicotine products to help you quit; the other option is to go cold turkey. Though this may seem daunting, or impossible, there are several ways to help you through the process, and combat any feelings of nicotine withdrawal.

How to Quit Without Nicotine Products:

It’s All In Your Mind – Before you start abstaining from cigarettes, make sure that you are prepared mentally for the quitting process. This may include writing down reasons for quitting and placing them in a place where you keep your cigarettes, or charting out a financial plan for the money you will save when you stop buying your cigarette packages. It is often beneficial to target the reason for your continuation of smoking, if you smoke because you are stressed, figure out an alternative way to relieve your stress such as exercise, or if you smoke because you are bored, find alternative activities to distract yourself from the idea of smoking such as talking to a friend on the phone, or taking longer showers.

Don’t Stop Suddenly – To prevent severe withdrawal symptoms, work to have fewer cigarettes per day before taking the plunge. While decreasing your intake of nicotine, you can additionally utilize any of the techniques mentioned above or below.

Find a Support Group – Your family and friends will obviously support you in your decision to quit smoking, but it’s sometimes easier to deal with quitting if you can talk to someone who is going through the same experience. Support groups are a great way to learn more ways to help you quit smoking and reassure you that you are not alone.

Drink Water and Exercise – Exercising and staying hydrated will help your body to adjust to the absence of nicotine faster, especially after you stop using nicotine products. By sweating and introducing more liquid into your body, you will be able to expel the nicotine from your body more quickly.

Quitting smoking is possibly one of the hardest things you will ever have to do in your life. There are several different techniques, and it’s important to find a way that works for you, which may or may not include a prescription medication that doesn’t contain nicotine, use of a nicotine product or a change in lifestyle habits.

January 26, 2010

The Hottest Smoking News

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Here is the latest smoking news in Canada:

Non-Smoking Week Initiative –

January 17th – 23rd is National Non-Smoking Week. Ottawa kicked off the week with a 630,000 dollar gift to the Canadian Public Health Association to decrease tobacco use. The financial proposal is titled “’The Next Stage: Delivering Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Knowledge through Public Health Networks”. It will offer knowledge of reducing smoking in the curriculum of various college and university health related classes. It will also create a national public medical forum for health professionals.

The Olympics –

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics were originally decided to be smoke-free; this was a popular brag topic amongst the Vancouver Costal Health Authority. This recently was changed as news was revealed that there will be more than 25 outdoor designated areas for smoking. These areas are to be used by officials and coaches. Other outdoor smoking vicinities have been tactically placed away from spectators to prevent any damage caused by second hand smoke. The reason these smoking areas were permitted was because it was requested by various international sport associations.

No Smoking at Parks or Beaches –

A ban was proposed over a year ago that on February 1st, 2009, all smoking at parks or beaches would be prohibited. This idea is gaining popularity with the Vancouver Park Board. The idea was exceedingly popular during the summer, when there was a risk of forest fires in Stanley Park. Rather than banning smoking all together at locations such as parks and beaches it was discussed that certain areas of the parks or beaches (such as playgrounds) would forbid smoking. Another issue which has been raised around smoking was the littering of cigarette butts. Beaches are covered in cigarette butts, which can be removed no other way than by hand.