First to understand smoking cessation we must understand what cigarettes and what smoking them entail. A cigarette contains many harmful compounds; the smoke alone from a cigarette contains over 4000 chemicals, 43 of which are known carcinogens. Smoking is estimated to be the cause of approximately 7, 000 deaths in Ireland each year. Around 30% of all cancer deaths are caused by smoking and smoking causes illnesses such as lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and emphysema. The main addictive compound in a cigarette is nicotine, it has known psychoactive effects. It is inhaled and the compounds are absorbed into the blood stream via the lungs, the nicotine stimulates the release of adrenalin which stimulates the body and raises the blood pressure, respiration and heart rate. Nicotine also causes the release of dopamine in the brain which is known as a happy chemical, this makes the user feel a sense of euphoria. Users report a feeling of relaxation, sharpness, calmness and alertness. Because of its psychoactive properties and its addictive nature it is classed as a drug. Like any drug giving up nicotine will cause withdrawal effects such as: 1. Irritable, cranky
4. Inability to Concentrate
7. Sore throat
8. Constipation, gas, stomach pain
9. Dry mouth
10. Sore tongue and/or gums
Smoking is dangerous and it kills people, as well as that it can exacerbate underlying conditions. I learned this from my personal expierence having being diagnosed with Ankoliosing spondylitis recently. Smoking and having this condition increases my chance of lung scaring, smoking also exacerbates other conditions such as asthma, heart problems and a wide range of others. The world...