Why does one start smoking? Most people start smoking during their teenage or as young adults. There are numerous reasons why a person starts smoking. Some teenagers feel pressure from their friends and start smoking as a way to look cool. For some other teens, it is an insurgent cause against their parents. Peer influence is the most common reason that teenagers start to smoke. Kids whose friends smoke are likely to start smoking. Teens nowadays see smoking as a way of showing independence. They believe that everyone else is smoking so they should, too. Cigarette contains tobacco and nicotine which is 10 times more addictive than alcohol.
Smoking causes 84 percent of deaths from lung cancer and 83 percent of deaths from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, roots many diseases, and decreases the health of smokers in general. It kills more than 8 million people each year. Our lungs are not meant for inhaling cigarette smoke and that's why it gets affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, wheezing, and asthma are just the beginning. If you are a regular smoker then you will face irritability and anxiety if you missed your cigarette break. Yellowish or brownish stains on your teeth are telltale signs of long-term smoking. Regular smokers face persistent coughing. Smoking is one of the well-proven lifestyle habits that contribute to major heart diseases. It includes a higher risk of heart attacks. Smoking lowers your immune system. Hence, your organs will lose the ability to fight off infection. It may also cause erectile dysfunction as an erection requires adequate blood flow, but smoking can constrict your blood vessels and make this process more difficult. Smoking during pregnancy can raise the risk of miscarriage, asthma, ear infections, and death in your newborn. It can also cause physical deformities to the baby. Smoking has an increased risk of blood cancer. When compared to people who don’t smoke, people who do smoke have an enhanced risk of blood cancer.
Cilia in the lungs sweep out debris, mucus, and other pollutants. Lung improvement begins after 2 weeks to 4 months, the cilia in your lungs take 2 to 9 months to repair. The carbon monoxide level returns to normal, increasing the body’s oxygen levels. Just 1 day after abandoning smoking, the risk of heart attack begins to decrease. You can easily stop smoking on your own just by following some simple steps :
Prepare for a quit day
Do not smoke at all
Attend a stop-smoking group and follow a self-help plan
Drink less or no alcohol
Drink more water and juice
Avoid situations in which you get a strong urge to smoke
Avoid meeting or going close to individuals who are smoking
Eat a dill pickle
Floss and brush your teeth
Chew gum most of the day
Most of the people don’t want to stop smoking but search for ways to heal their body and organs. If you really need to improve your health, then the only path is to quit smoking today.
By: Hardik Pandey
School: DAV Public School