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Lifestyles are ways to live your life, which is also related to any kind of your daily habits that you do. The way you live your life is related to your health, including mental health and social life. It’s important to know that habits are divided into two main types: good habits and bad habits, and one of the most famous bad habits which is you’re used to see people doing it is SMOKING. Smoking is a very common habit of a lot of people around you, and their lives depend on how much cigarettes or smokes they have. Today I’m going to talk about this habit in a general way. Smoking is a practice in which a substance, most commonly tobacco or cannabis, is burned and the smoke is tasted or inhaled. This is primarily practiced for achieving the desire or want. It can also be done as a part of rituals, to induce trances and spiritual enlightenment. The most common method of smoking today is through cigarettes. Other smoking implements include pipes, cigars, bidis, hookahs, and vaporizers. Tobacco smoking is today by far the most popular form of smoking. (encyclopedia, Smoking) The cigarette is ignited at one end and its smoke is inhaled from the other end. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,800 chemicals, some of which are well known for their toxicity, and 69 of which are known to cause cancer. (encyclopedia, Cigarette; Facts) Smoking has been known before 5000 BC, and has been recorded in many different cultures across the world. Early smoking evolved in association with religious ceremonies; as offerings to deities, in cleansing rituals or to allow shamans and priests to alter their minds for purposes of spiritual enlightenment. After the European exploration and conquest of the Americans, the practice of smoking tobacco quickly spread to the rest of the world. In Europe, it introduced a new type of social activity and a form of drug intake which previously had been unknown. (encyclopedia, Smoking) Now days people have other reasons to smoke. Those reasons would vary between different age categories. For adults, it might have started with them when they were young, but for some, they start to smoke because they want to relax and get rid of the depression caused from work, but sometimes smoking could cause depression to smokers. For adolescents or teenagers, smoking would be caused by multiple reasons affecting the person at the same time. It could be because he see his father smoking and he decides to copy his father, and that would be because of his family. Sometimes it could be caused by his friends actions, for example: he would see his friends doing this thing, then he decides to join them because he thinks it’s a sign of coolness for boys like him. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, and it causes many diseases and reduces the health of smokers in general. The health effects from cigarette smoking account for an estimated 443,000 deaths each year in the United States. More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined. Smoking can cause cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases (e.g. emphysema, bronchitis, chronic airway obstruction), many cancer types including: lung cancer, Kidney cancer, Stomach cancer, and heart cancer. It could also cause infertility problems and maybe sudden death. It’s also known that smoking shortens a person's life 12-16 years. (Prevention) Cigarette smoking causes reduced circulation by narrowing the blood vessels (arteries) and puts smokers at risk of developing peripheral vascular diseases (i.e. obstruction of the large arteries in the arms and legs that can cause a range of problems from pain to tissue loss). Another risk for smoking is second-hand smoking (passive smoking), because the other people who surround the smoker would almost have the same chance to get the same diseases caused by smoking without even smoking. (channel; Prevention, Health Effects of Cigarette Smoking) Smoking is a process where nicotine stimulates the body to produce dopamine which gives the person the feeling of comfort and relaxation, which means that smoking does affect the psychotic side of a person, but sometimes smoking doesn’t always give the feeling of happiness to the person, but instead it causes stress, anger, and distraction to the human mind. Sometimes smoking would cause anger and rage when the circumstances are not suitable. Smoking could also affect the social life of the person. When he would bother other people with his attitude after smoking, that will make them to avoid dealing with him, and that will make him disconnected from his society and that would lead to many different mental problems. (news; bbc) As some people know the dangers of smoking, they think about quitting this bad habit. It’s greatly important to know the importance of quitting and its benefits on body health so that the smoker could quit. When quitting smoking, you should know that it makes a great difference in the body which includes: your sense of smell will return and food will taste better, your stained teeth will slowly become whiter, and friends will be more willing to be in your car or home. (webMD; Prevention, Smoking Cessation) Smoking cessation can be achieved with or without assistance from healthcare professionals or the use of medications, and it can be done with multiple methods. Methods that have been found to be effective include: (encyclopedia, Smoking cessation; b. h. channel) * Interventions directed at health care providers.

* Medications including nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as nicotine gum, patches, and lozenges, and non-nicotine prescriptions, such as bupropion (Zyban®) and varenicline tartrate (Chantix®). * Individual and group counseling.

* Combining between different methods would more chances to quit smoking forever. Although stopping smoking can cause short-term side effects such as reversible weight gain, and some withdrawal symptoms. When you stop smoking, your nicotine levels drop quickly. This drop can cause withdrawal symptoms such as craving tobacco, nervousness, irritability, headache, weight gain, and difficulty concentrating. (b. h. channel; encyclopedia, Smoking cessation) Preventing smoking should be taken care of more than finding a replacement for smoking. Preventing smoking would focus primarily on teenagers and adolescents, because smoking is generally starts in that age. Parents are the main people who are responsible for making this impossible to happen, and also the community can have a vital role at preventing smoking. At last, smoking is a big problem, which should have more attention and care than now, because it can cause dangerous diseases which can led to death. There many benefits of quitting smoking to improve health, and there are also many ways to do it, but before that, it's important to teach people of how dangerous smoking is to prevent them from being smokers, and we should be more supportive to the case, because it means us too. References

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