Smoking is one of the leading causes of death, and will continue to be the longer we let it, because let’s face it, no one is trying to make smoking any safer for us. The long and the short of it is, you are basically paying for your own death sentence when you choose to smoke. For most, it is extremely difficult to quit smoking, even after knowing all of the terrible things that you are doing to your body and your health, which is why some still do not succeed in quitting after trying many, many times.
One of the things that make smoking as terrible as it is, is that it is a totally preventable health risk! This is not to say that it isn’t fully understood just how difficult it is to quit, but if companies could spend as much on cessation aids as tobacco companies spend on marketing their awful products, we would probably be in better shape as a whole.
As we know of at this time, there are approximately 69 different cancer-causing agents being used in cigarettes. These agents are being inhaled into your body every time you choose to light up, and are also affecting your family and friends around you, perhaps at a more limited basis, but that still doesn’t make it right. Smoking is directly responsible for approximately 90% of all lung cancer deaths, and is about 80-90% responsible for all emphysema and chronic bronchitis deaths. On top of the cancer-causing agents contained in cigarettes, there are also over 4800 different kinds of chemicals contained in a cigarette. Smoking directly affects the health of almost every organ contained in your body, and is the leading cause for a wide variety of cancers, not just the lung or throat cancer you naturally think of. Stomach cancer, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and cervix cancer are linked to smoking, as well as many others.
As stated above, quitting smoking is understood to be one of the toughest things one can do. If there were a drug out there that could get you unhooked on cigarettes as quickly as you got hooked, it would be an absolute relief. As it is, there are still a number of options out there that can work for you, if you have the right mindset and you use them properly.
One of the newest options is the electronic cigarette, which enables the user to still inhale nicotine throughout the day, but without having to inhale all of the cancer causing agents found in cigarettes. Eciggs still contain some of the agents, but if you are using the electronic cigarette as a means to quit smoking, then less agents is still better for you than what smoking was doing for you.
There are a number of other options, and it may take time to find one that works for you, but if you are really persistent and really want to quit, you will indeed accomplish this difficult task.