Smoking is a highly dangerous habit, and it is the cause of even 90% of the lung cancer deaths. Tobacco kills half of the population annually, and there are more than 1.1 billion tobacco users.
While smoking, you inhale over 7,000 ingredients such as carbon monoxide(restricts the red blood cells to get the needed amount of oxygen), tiny glass particles, and arsenic butane(lighter fluid ).
This detrimental habit is linked to lung illnesses such as lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and heart diseases as a result of the excessive plaque deposits, like heart attacks and congestive heart failure.
Moreover, nicotine increases the levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone, and thus weakens the immune system, and increases the DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) hormone.
Smoking can be the cause of:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Blood sugar issues
Also, it quickly becomes an addiction as nicotine crosses the brain barrier and by releasing dopamine makes you feel pleasant at first. After a few minutes, it makes you feel irritated and craving for another cigarette.
Nicotine is highly addictive, and giving it up can be much harder than quitting heroin or cocaine. Smoking also reduces the levels of vitamin C and E, glutathione, ubiquinol, beta-carotene, and alpha-lipoic acid in the body.
Therefore, the best way to support your health and avoid such side-effects is to completely avoid cigarettes, and the following methods will be beneficial in the case of withdrawal symptoms:
- Nicotine Patch
This is a common method to treat tobacco addiction. If you combine patches with drugs such as bupropion and varenicline, the effects will be permanent.
Researchers found that a dose of 44-mg per patch offers short-term benefits, but made more unfavorable effects than the 22 mg patch, in a month.
Lime slices can be a replacement for 2 or 4 mg of nicotine gum. Limes are full of antioxidants and vitamin C, so they will also help you curb the cravings.
- Physical Activity
Your desire to smoke will significantly be reduced if you start exercising regularly.
Hypnotherapy is helpful as it links this habit to unpleasantness like poor health,
People who have tried it claim that acupuncture helped them curb the cravings and quit smoking after about a month.
Magnesium increases the levels of NMDA receptors, which release dopamine, and raises GABA levels, which is an important relaxing neurotransmitter.
You need to learn to fight the cravings for a cigarette and the withdrawal symptoms, in order to get a long-term positive benefit.
- Olfactory training
One study exposed smokers to the smell of cigarettes and rotten eggs or fish for one week, and in the second stage, analyzed their non-REM sleep in contrast to other types of sleep. Researchers found that during the second week, participants smoked less.