23 January 2018
The end of nicotine addiction
Changing a lifestyle is the secret to preventing heart problems. Of all the actions that a person can decide to do, quitting smoking is without any doubt the one that has the greatest impact on heart disease and on general health.
The consequences of being a smoker
Half of all smokers will die because of their habit of inhaling smoke. Among this group, half are condemned to dying at a young age, between 35 and 69 years old. This is an alarming statistic, because it means that a smoker can have his life reduced by 20 to 25 years compared to a non-smoker!
Not only lung cancer
Everybody is aware of the impact of tobacco and of the risks of developing lung cancer. However, it is important to note that the main cause of death related to heart problems is tobacco.
Important and rapid impacts after deciding to quit for good
Whatever the reason to quit smoking, putting an end to the addiction has a positive, rapid impact on an individual.
Indeed, after only 20 minutes without inhaling smoke, blood pressure and heartbeat decrease.
When the body has been deprived of primary smoke for six hours, the carbon monoxide level in the blood associated with cigarettes is reduced by half and the oxygenation of the body is back to normal.
After only one day, the risk of a heart attack diminishes and the lungs have started to clean up.
Also, the senses of smell and taste begin to improve on the second day and we consider that after five years, the cardiovascular risks (death, heart attack or stroke) are equivalent to the risks of someone who never smoked!
The law that prohibits people from smoking in public places, even close to public buildings, has encouraged many to quit smoking.
A direct consequence of this law is an observed reduction of deaths related to smoking.
Generally speaking, experts agree that abandoning smoking increases your life expectancy by 10 years. It is never too late to quit!
Not easy to stop
We must say things as they are. It is not easy to stop smoking! Statistically, only 5% of those who try will succeed within a year!
The effects of this drug on your body make it difficult to quit.
The absence of tobacco products entering the body leads to a weaning of nicotine, usually accompanied by variable symptoms from one person to another. The amount of cigarettes smoked in a day also plays a role in the difficulty to quit.
Where there is weaning, there is a need. Where there is a need, there is dependence.
The dependence to cigarette is really an addiction to nicotine. The brain develops a sense of well-being when it detects the presence of nicotine and it asks to maintain the same level in your blood.
And there you have it… the vicious circle begins.
There are basic tricks to help you get rid of the habit.
· You need a date!
· But prior to this, you need the will. “I want” to stop smoking. Cigarettes do not have a hold on me. “I” am the person in control.
· There are also many other reasons that can motivate your desire. Life situations can push your desire to quit. For example, having a child or a grandchild.
· Saving money can also motivate your decision. Not having to find a place to smoke can also contribute.
· Be proud of this mission you give yourself.
· Relapses are possible. We are human, so one day at a time!
· Inform people around you of your decision! They will support you.
Programs to help you quit smoking
You can increase your success rate by 20-25% by using what is available, like all the replacement products for nicotine; gum, vaporisers and nicotine patches. A 3-step program, according to the importance of the addiction, usually accompanies these patches. They come in 21 mg, 14 mg and 7 mg.
We have more than 20 years of hindsight on these methods and they are considered very safe for humans.
The smoke from the combustion is toxic
Health problems are caused by the combustion of tobacco and not the nicotine. There are 4000 chemical products in the smoke produced by a cigarette.
Someone said “we smoke nicotine, but die from tobacco”.
The electronic cigarette
The electronic cigarette is composed of water, vegetable glycerine, flavouring, variable dosages of nicotine and propylene glycol. The latter is a product largely used in food, cosmetics and pharmacology.A Chinese pharmacist invented this E-cigarette in 2003. It made its way to Europe in 2007 and it has benefited from many improvements since then.
In spite of this progress, it does not have the same capacity to deliver nicotine to the brain, as does a conventional cigarette. This can result in certain dissatisfaction in heavy smokers, those who smoke more than one pack per day.
No known or shown toxic product
However, the electronic cigarette does not release carbon monoxide, or any of the 4000 toxic products of which dozens of them are causing cancer. There isn’t any combustion in these devices.
Definitely less harmful than conventional cigarette smoke
Although it isn’t ideal and without any risk, most experts agree to say that using an electronic cigarette can be an effective support in your quest to quit smoking.
Up to 70% success rate
When used with a decreasing dosage of nicotine, this device can increase the success rate for quitters by 50 to 70%.
50% rates are even possible for the obstinate smokers; those who tried everything they could to quit.
How to use the electronic cigarette
To use the electronic cigarette, the user simply places a dose of nicotine in the cartridge, according to smoking habits. The doses vary from 0 to 3,6%, or 0 to 3,6 mg per millilitre.
Just as it is done with the patches over a three-month period, the nicotine doses in the electronic cigarette must be adjusted. It is recommended to begin with the lowest possible nicotine dose that is right for you, and to reduce the dose progressively in order to eliminate this harmful and bad habit.
The different liquids for the electronic cigarette are sold in bottles. There is a wide variety of flavours, and some come with different concentrations of nicotine.
It is important to be attentive to symptoms related to nicotine overdoses. The most frequent are headaches, nausea and dizziness. If any or all of these symptoms are occurring, stop using the nicotine-based products and consult a doctor.
Some official resistances...
Many colleagues and official organisms in Canada and the United States are viciously opposed to the electronic cigarette. I can understand their hesitation to accept to develop a new habit to eliminate another.
A tool to help quit smoking
My apprehensions were soothed after reading reports from public organisms in Great Britain and France where they have studied the matter for a longer period. Moreover, most people abandon the E-cigarette after one year without falling back to using conventional cigarettes again.
I see it as a tool to help smokers quit. It must also be abandoned afterwards.
We may conclude that if you smoke, your priority in regards to preventing cardiovascular problems is to quit. It is the best choice you can make for yourself.
You have many resources available to support your desire to attain your goal. Counsellors at smoking cessation centres are available to help and guide you.
Different nicotine products are available to help you.
The electronic cigarette for this purpose seems to have better results.