Quit smoking

It is no secret that smoking kills. In fact tobacco smoke contains a deadly combination of over 7 000 chemicals that increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, and many types of life threatening cancers. So why aren’t people quitting?

Global research indicates that the majority of people that have started smoking, start in their teens and are addicted by the time they reach adulthood. Many teens are seduced by smoking because of the excitement of sneaking away for a cigarette and experimenting with the forbidden. Others start because of peer pressure and the need to look cool.

Adults tend to smoke for different reasons. Some smoke to deal with the pressures of juggling work and family life or a stressful job and others smoke in an attempt to control their weight.

The question is why do smokers continue to smoke when the risks are clearly communicated through advertising campaigns, warning signs on packaging and public health notices?

The answer to this question lies in the fact that cigarette addiction works on three different levels.

The physical component is the addiction to nicotine – a substance that is believed to be as addictive as heroine or cocaine. Nicotine withdrawal includes extremely unpleasant symptoms such as irritability, anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping, reduced ability to concentrate, tightness in the chest, among other things.

Then there’s the habitual addiction. Smokers enjoy the ritual that comes with smoking. Think of the ritual that comes with office workers going outside for coffee and a smoke. These smokers become so conditioned to coffee and a cigarette that they can’t enjoy a cup of coffee without one.

Finally the emotional triggers that encourage smoking make the addiction even stronger. In many cases cigarettes are used to cover up uncomfortable emotions such as anger, sadness or anxiety.

It’s therefore not surprising that a large majority of those who quit smoking end up smoking again.

But it’s not all doom and gloom.

There is a proven treatment known as Auricular Therapy that has assisted smokers to quit smoking by taking away the nicotine craving and with specific proven methods, help smokers break the habits associated with smoking.

ZippQuit has a 90% success rate and only requires one hour of your time.

So if you are serious about a longer and healthier life, call ZippHealth on 011792 1616 to book an appointment.

If you need more convincing take note of the benefits of smoking cessation:

  • The body begins a series of changes within 20 minutes after smoking that last cigarette; the rejuvenation process continues for years.

  • The heart rate drops 20 minutes after quitting;

  • Carbon monoxide levels in your blood drops to normal after 12 hours;

  • The lungs begin to clear out accumulated mucus and tar after 24 hours;

  • Your sense of smell and taste begin to improve after 48 hours as nicotine is eliminated from your body;

  • The bronchial tubes begin to relax, making breathing easier after 72 hours thus increasing lung capacity;

  • Circulation improves within 2 – 12 weeks, making walking and physical activity easier – improving stamina and energy levels;

  • Coughing and sinus congestion decreases within 1 – 9 months; improving lung function and associated shortness of breath;

  • The added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s within 1 year;

  • The stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker’s after 5 years;

  • The potential death rate due to lung cancer is about half that of a smoker’s within 10 years; also, your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases;

  • The risk of coronary heart disease and lung cancer is back to that of someone who has never someone who has never smoked within 15 years.

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