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Stop Smoking:


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1.  Decide and make a final decission to STOP smoking. 


2.  Do NOT try alternative forms, electric cigatettes, you are bluffing yourself.


3.  Start on a new and fresh day, do not try and stop during a day that you have smoked already.


4.  You can get a nicotine spray from a pharmacy to assist your 'crave' do not waist money on patches and other forms. If the 'crave' comes, spray a little nicotine on the inner side of your cheeks.


Nicotine in whatever form is a very strong drug. It leads to other addictions very easy. Nicotine takes four days to get out of your system.


Although many people smoke because they believe cigarettes calm their nerves, smoking releases epinephrine, a hormone which creates physiological stress in the smoker, rather than relaxation.


Once inhaled, the nicotine produces a warm feeling of well being: the nicotine “rush”. This is almost immediate, but is very short lived. Most users develop tolerance for nicotine and need greater amounts to produce the desired effect.


Risks associated with smoking cigarettes include diminished or extinguished sense of smell and taste, frequent colds, smoker’s cough, gastric ulcers, chronic bronchitis, increase in heart rate and blood pressure, premature and more abundant face wrinkles, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, cancer of the mouth, larynx, pharynx, esophagus, lungs, pancreas, cervix, uterus, and bladder.


Smoking is particularly dangerous for teens because their bodies are still developing and changing and the 4,000 chemical - including 200 known poisons in cigarette smoke can adversely affect this process.


Most importantly smoking cigarettes is highly addictive. As most smokers will testify, the habit of smoking creeps up on you quickly without you realising it. Giving up smoking takes considerable will power, but can be done. Withdrawal symptom include changes in body temperature, heart rate, digestion, muscle tone, and appetite.


Psychological symptoms include irritability, anxiety, sleep disturbances, nervousness, headaches, fatigue, nausea, and cravings for tobacco that can last days, weeks, months or even years. However, the cravings do fade with time.


NB:  Do not think if you dont smoke you will have nothing else to do:

1.   Stick to your decission have willpower.  

2.   If you feel tempted walk away from the smell.

3.   You are the only person that can control the 'crave'

4.   Hang in there for three days and you will master the decision.