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How to Help Someone Quit Smoking

General hints for friends and family

Do respect that the person trying to quit is in charge. This is their lifestyle change and their challenge, not yours.

Do ask the person whether they want you to ask regularly how they’re doing. Ask how they’re feeling – not just whether they’ve stayed quit.

Do let the person know that it’s OK to talk to you whenever they need to hear encouraging words.

Do help the person who’s quitting to get what they need, such as hard candy to suck on, straws to chew on, and fresh veggies cut up and kept in the refrigerator.

Do spend time doing things with the person who’s quitting to keep their mind off smoking – go to the movies, take a walk to get past a craving (what many call a “nicotine fit”), or take a bike ride together.

Do try to see it from the point of view of the person who’s quitting – their habit may feel like an old friend who’s always been there when times were tough.

It’s hard to give that up.

Do make your home smoke free, meaning that no one can smoke in any part of the house.

Do remove all lighters and ash trays from your home. Remove anything that reminds them of smoking.

Do wash clothes that smell like smoke. Clean carpets and drapes. Use air fresheners to help get rid of the tobacco smells – and don’t forget the car, too.

Do help the person who’s quitting with a few chores, some child care, cooking, running errands – whatever will help lighten the stress of quitting.

Do celebrate progress along the way. Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL!

Do thank the person who’s quitting for not exposing others to harmful secondhand smoke.

Don’t doubt their ability to quit. Your faith in the person who’s quitting helps remind them they can do it.

Don’t judge, nag, preach, tease, or scold. This may make the person who’s quitting feel worse. You don’t want your loved one to turn to a cigarette to soothe hurt feelings.

Don’t take grumpiness personally when the person who’s quitting is having nicotine withdrawal. Tell them you understand the symptoms are real and remind them that they won’t last forever. The symptoms usually get better in a few weeks.

Don’t offer advice. Just ask how you can help with the plan or program they are using.

If the person who’s quitting “slips”

Don’t assume that they will start back smoking like before. A “slip” (taking a puff or smoking a cigarette or 2) is pretty common when a person is quitting.

Do remind the person who’s quitting how long they went without a cigarette before the slip.

Do help the person who’s quitting remember all the reasons they wanted to quit, and help them forget about the slip as soon as possible.

Do continue to offer support and encouragement.

Do congratulate the person who’s quitting for making a quit attempt, and remind them that it can take many attempts before quitting for good.

Don’t scold, tease, nag, blame, or make the person who’s quitting feel guilty. Be sure they know that you care about them, whether or not they smoke.

If the person who’s quitting relapses

Research shows that most people try to quit smoking several times before they succeed. (It’s called a

relapse when people trying to quit go back to smoking like they were before they tried to quit.) If a relapse happens, think of it as practice for the next time. Don’t give up your efforts to encourage and support your loved one. If the person you care about fails to quit or starts smoking again:

Do praise them for trying to quit, and for whatever length of time (days, weeks, or months) of not smoking.

Do remind them that they didn’t fail – they are learning how to quit – and you’re going to be there for them the next time and as many times as it takes.

Do encourage them to try again. Don’t say, “If you try again…” Say, “When you try again…” Studies show that most people who don’t succeed in quitting are ready to try again in the near future.

Do encourage them to learn from the attempt. Things a person learns from a failed attempt to quit may help them quit for good next time. It takes time and skills to learn to how to be a person who doesn’t smoke.

Do say, “It’s normal to not succeed the first few times you try to quit. You didn’t smoke for (length of time) this time. Now you know you can do that much. You can get even further next time.” Most people understand this, and know that they have to try to quit again.

If you smoke and are in contact with someone trying to quit

Do smoke outside and always away from the person trying to quit.

Do keep your cigarettes, lighters, and matches out of sight. They might be triggers for your loved one to smoke.

Don’t ever offer the person trying to quit a smoke or any other form of tobacco, even as a joke!

Do join your loved one in their effort to quit. It’s better for your health and might be easier to do with someone else who is trying to quit, too.

Call the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 to find out what resources might be available to help someone quit and stay quit.

Stop smoking in pregnancy – NHS

Smoking and your unborn baby

Protecting your baby from tobacco smoke is one of the best things you can do to give your child a healthy start in life. It can be difficult to stop smoking, but it’s never too late to quit.

Every cigarette you smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals, so smoking when you are pregnant harms your unborn baby. Cigarettes can restrict the essential oxygen supply to your baby. As a result, their heart must beat harder every time you smoke.

Benefits of stopping smoking in pregnancy

Stopping smoking will help both you and your baby immediately. Harmful gases, such as carbon monoxide, and other damaging chemicals will clear from your body. When you stop smoking:

  • you will reduce the risk of complications in pregnancy and birth
  • you are more likely to have a healthier pregnancy and a healthier baby
  • you will reduce the risk of stillbirth
  • your baby is less likely to be born too early and have to face the breathing, feeding and health problems that often go with being premature
  • your baby is less likely to be born with a low birth weight. Babies of smokers are, on average, 200g (about 8oz) lighter than other babies, which can cause problems during and after labour. For example, they are more likely to have problems keeping warm and are more likely to get infections
  • you will reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as “cot death”.

Stopping smoking now will also help your baby later in life. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to suffer from asthma and other serious illnesses that may need hospital treatment.

The sooner you stop smoking, the better. But even if you stop in the last few weeks of your pregnancy this will benefit you and your baby.

Secondhand (passive) smoke harms your baby

If your partner or anyone else who lives with you smokes, their smoke can affect you and your baby before and after their birth. You may also find it more difficult to stop if someone around you smokes.

Secondhand smoke can also reduce your baby’s birthweight and increase the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), also known as “cot death”. Babies whose parents smoke are more likely to be admitted to hospital for bronchitis and pneumonia during their first year.

To find out more about quitting and to get support, your partner can call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Nicotine replacement therapy

You can use nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) during pregnancy if it will help you stop smoking and you’re unable to stop without it. It’s not recommended that you take stop smoking tablets such as Champix or Zyban during pregnancy.

NRT contains only nicotine and none of the damaging chemicals found in cigarettes, so it is a much better option than continuing to smoke. It helps you by giving you the nicotine you would have had from a cigarette.

You can be prescribed NRT during pregnancy by a GP or an NHS stop smoking adviser. You can also buy it over the counter without a prescription from a pharmacy.

NRT is available as:

  • patches
  • gum
  • inhalator
  • nasal spray
  • mouth spray
  • oral strips
  • lozenges
  • microtabs

If you have pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, patches may be a better solution.

NRT patches should be used for no more than 16 hours in any 24-hour period. The best way to remember this is to remove the patch at bedtime.

Before using any of these products, speak to a midwife, GP, a pharmacist or a specialist stop smoking adviser.

By getting this specialist advice you can be sure that you’re doing the best for your baby and for you.

Call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 from 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Remember, you are twice as likely to be successful at quitting if you get some support from a trained adviser.

Liquorice-flavoured nicotine products

Pregnant women are advised to avoid liquorice-flavoured nicotine products. Although there is no known risk with small amounts of liquorice flavouring, the manufacturers advise caution.

This caution is based on information about the adverse effects associated with excessive amounts of liquorice root. As other flavours are available, pregnant women are advised to choose an alternative, such as fruit or mint.

Find out more about stop smoking treatments.

E-cigarettes in pregnancy

E-cigarettes are fairly new and there are still some things we do not know. However, current evidence on e-cigarettes indicates they are much less risky than smoking.

Cigarettes deliver nicotine along with thousands of harmful chemicals. E-cigarettes allow you to inhale nicotine through a vapour rather than smoke. By itself, nicotine is relatively harmless.

E-cigarettes do not produce tar or carbon monoxide, the 2 main toxins in cigarette smoke. Carbon monoxide is particularly harmful to developing babies. The vapour from an e-cigarette does contain some of the potentially harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke, but at much lower levels.

If using an e-cigarette helps you to stop smoking, it is much safer for you and your baby than continuing to smoke.

Unlike nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as patches or gum, e-cigarettes are not available on an NHS prescription. If you want to use an e-cigarette, you can still get free expert help from a stop smoking adviser.

Call the NHS Smokefree helpline on 0300 123 1044 for more information, or ask a midwife to refer you.

Find out more about using e-cigarettes to stop smoking.

NHS Smokefree helpline

The NHS Smokefree helpline offers free help, support and advice on stopping smoking and can give you details of local support services.

You can also sign up to receive ongoing advice and support at a time that suits you.

Information:

NHS Smokefree helpline: 0300 123 1044

9am to 8pm Monday to Friday, and 11am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

To find your nearest NHS Stop Smoking service talk to:

  • a midwife
  • a health visitor
  • a nurse at your GP surgery
  • a pharmacist

NHS Stop Smoking services can offer 1-to-1 or group sessions with trained stop smoking advisers and may have a pregnancy stop smoking specialist.

They can also offer advice about dealing with stress, weight gain and support the use of NRT (such as patches or gum), if appropriate, to help you manage your cravings.

Find out more about the effects of smoking in pregnancy, and getting support to quit, at Start4Life.

Find more advice on how to stop smoking.

Find stop smoking services near you.

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FDA’s award-winning public education campaign, “The Real Cost,” continues to prevent youth from tobacco initiation and use. “The Real Cost” launched in 2014 with cigarette prevention messaging using a robust paid media strategy to effectively reach teens and change their tobacco-related knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. The campaign expanded to include smokeless tobacco messaging in 2016, and FDA began prioritizing e-cigarette messaging in 2017 due to high usage rates among youth.    


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“The Real Cost” Youth E-Cigarette Prevention Campaign

An ad from “The Real Cost” e-cigarette prevention campaign

Though only a small percentage of U.S. youth used e-cigarettes in 2011, 28 percent of high school students and 11 percent of middle school students used e-cigarettes by 2019. In 2020, these numbers declined and there were 1. 8 million fewer youth using e-cigarettes. While this is progress, youth use of e-cigarettes remains a public health issue with 3.6 million youth still using e-cigarettes, and disposable e-cigarette use surged in 2020.  Under “The Real Cost” campaign, FDA began prioritizing e-cigarette prevention messaging in 2017, and since then the campaign has been educating youth about the risks of using e-cigarettes. 

To address the “cost-free” mentality found in a majority of middle and high schoolers, campaign messages focus on educating youth that using e-cigarettes puts them at risk for addiction and other health consequences. Advertising and other prevention materials are delivered across a variety of channels, including: 

  • Television ads
  • Online video ads
  • “The Real Cost” campaign’s youth-targeted website
  • Social media
  • High schools nationwide (e.g., posters for school bathrooms)

FDA also continues to provide resources to educators, parents, and community leaders to prevent youth use and help kids who are already addicted to e-cigarettes quit.

Looking for resources to teach youth about the harms of e-cigarette use?

FDA and Scholastic created educational resources for middle and high schools that are available in English and Spanish. Materials include a student magazine, videos, lesson plans, activity sheets, a guide for parents to talk to kids about e-cigarettes, and infographics. These materials are accessible online for free and are adaptable for remote instruction or independent student work.


Cigarette Smoking Prevention Campaign

FDA’s first tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” was launched in 2014 to educate the more than 10 million1 youth ages 12-17 who were at-risk for smoking cigarettes in the United States about its harmful effects.

In its first two years, research shows the campaign has done just that: “The Real Cost” prevented up to 587,000 youth ages 11 to 19 from initiating smoking between February 2014 and November 2016, half of whom might have gone on to become established adult smokers.

By preventing these kids from becoming established smokers, “The Real Cost” campaign will save more than $53 billion for youth, their families and society at large by reducing smoking-related costs like early loss of life, costly medical care, lost wages, lower productivity and increased disability.  

FDA continues to educate youth about the dangers of cigarette smoking through the “The Real Cost” campaign.  


“The Real Cost” Smokeless Tobacco Prevention Campaign 

In April 2016, FDA expanded “The Real Cost” campaign brand to include new advertising targeting hard-to-reach rural male youth ages 12-17 at risk for smokeless tobacco use. The campaign was built on extensive formative research and delivered facts about the dangers of smokeless tobacco use in relevant and attention-grabbing ways. The campaign’s central message, “smokeless doesn’t mean harmless,” motivated teens to reconsider what they think they know about smokeless tobacco use.  

The campaign used a variety of tactics, including: 

  • Local television and radio 
  • Outdoor signs 
  • Precise targeting on digital and social media platforms 

FDA has completed the campaign’s paid media implementation and outcome evaluation. The campaign was successful in reaching almost 90% of the intended target audience and shifting attitudes and beliefs related to addiction and negative health consequences. 

FDA will continue to provide youth messaging on smokeless tobacco through stakeholder outreach.


Campaign Resources

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Learn more about print materials, web content, and social media posts available for free that help keep communities informed about tobacco-related issues.


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Awards and Recognition

  • Effie Awards
    • 2020: Bronze Effie in the Youth Marketing category  
    • 2019: Silver Effie in Youth Marketing category 
    • 2017: Bronze Effie in the Youth Marketing category 
    • 2015: Gold Effie in the Disease Awareness and Education category.
  • Festival of Media Awards 
    • 2020: Grand Prix for Campaign of the Year 
    • 2020: Best Branded Content led by Digital Channels 
    • 2020: Best Communications Strategy 
    • 2020: Creative Use of Media  
  • The One Show Award 
    • 2020: Merit award at The One Show in the Branded Entertainment Games category 
  • Power or Purpose Award 
    • 2020: Power of Purpose for Brand Purpose 
  • Verizon Media Award
    • 2019: Brandblazer for Premium Integrations 
  • AdWeek 
    • 2019: Media Plan of the Year Award for Best Use of Branded Content/Entertainment 
  • Clio Health Award 
    • 2019: Silver Clio  award for Branded Entertainment and Content  
    • 2017: Bronze Clio award for Visual Effects 
    • 2017: shortlisted for Film Technique
    • 2017: Silver Spike for Film Craft 
  • Shorty Award  
    • 2016: Creative work on Tumblr 

Additional Resources

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tobacco product use among middle and high school students – United States, 2011-2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2016; 65(14):361-367.


Effects, Risks, Addiction, Quitting, Treatment

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Is smoking bad for your health?

Since at least the 1950s, health experts have linked smoking to lung cancer. Research continues to pinpoint more ways tobacco harms your health, from cancers to chronic (long-term) diseases.

Experts estimate that 16 million Americans live with a disease caused by smoking. Every year, roughly 480,000 people die from smoking-related diseases. That means that for every person who dies from smoking, at least 30 others live with a serious smoking-related illness.

Are other forms of tobacco safer?

Many people believe that smoking a cigar is safer than smoking a cigarette. But, cigar smokers face many of the same potential risks as cigarette smokers, including cancer. Chewing tobacco or smokeless tobacco products are not safer than cigarettes, either. Smokeless tobacco contains almost 30 cancer-causing chemicals.

E-cigarettes (vapes), an emerging form of nicotine delivery, differ from traditional tobacco products. Vaping delivers more concentrated nicotine than cigarettes in a smokeless inhaled mist (vapor). Health risks from vape products range from asthma to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and cancer.

How does smoking affect your body?

Tobacco use harms every organ in your body. Smoking tobacco introduces not only nicotine but also more than 5,000 chemicals, including numerous carcinogens (cancer-causing chemicals), into your lungs, blood and organs.

The damage caused by smoking can shorten your lifespan significantly. In fact, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States.

Pregnant women who smoke put their unborn babies at risk, too. Possible effects on pregnancy include:

  • Ectopic pregnancy, a life-threatening condition when the embryo implants outside the uterus.
  • Miscarriages.
  • Stillbirths.
  • Birth defects, such as cleft palate.
  • Low birth weight.

How does chewing tobacco affect your health?

Smokeless tobacco can cause nicotine addiction. People who use chewing tobacco may develop cancers of the mouth, esophagus and pancreas. And chewing tobacco causes gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.

Is vaping safer than smoking a cigarette?

The safety and dangers of e-cigarettes remain unclear. Many e-cigarettes contain high amounts of nicotine. And vaping may be a gateway into other forms of nicotine, like cigarettes or chewing tobacco.

E-cigarette vapors contain other damaging substances, too. Inhaling these non-nicotine vape ingredients may cause severe, sometimes deadly lung damage (called EVALI).

How are health problems from tobacco diagnosed?

Diagnosis depends on your specific symptoms. For example, a smokeless tobacco user who develops stomach cancer from swallowing juice with nicotine in it will need different tests than a person who inhales smoke.

If you smoke, your healthcare provider will ask for details about your tobacco use, physically examine you and sometimes order tests (like an X-ray to check for organ damage or an electrocardiogram and other heart-related tests).

What other conditions may be caused or worsened by tobacco?

In addition to its known cancer risks, smoking causes many other chronic (long-term) health problems that need ongoing care. Specific smoking-related problems that need treatment include:

  • Decreased HDL (good) cholesterol and increased blood pressure (increasing risks for heart attack and stroke).
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Lower oxygen to the heart and other tissues in the body (increasing risks for coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and diabetes).
  • More frequent routine illnesses like colds, especially in children living with smokers.
  • Poorer lung function (ability to get enough oxygen) leading to COPD, asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema.

How can a disease caused by smoking be treated?

Most diseases caused by smoking can be managed by a healthcare provider. You might need:

  • A cardiologist (heart doctor) to treat any damage to your heart.
  • A lung specialist to treat breathing problems, like COPD.
  • An oncology team to treat any cancers you may develop.

How can I avoid getting sick from smoking?

The best way to avoid getting sick from smoking is to never start. If you do smoke, quitting as soon as possible can prevent or reverse health problems. Without smoking, you can:

  • Live longer.
  • Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Reduce your risk of developing a variety of other conditions.
  • Feel healthier and have more energy.
  • Look and feel better.
  • Improve your sense of taste and smell.
  • Save money.

How can I quit smoking?

There are many different ways to quit smoking. To succeed, you have to find a smoking cessation plan that works for your personality. You need to be ready emotionally and mentally. You should want to quit smoking for yourself and not just for family or friends exposed to your secondhand smoke.

When you decide to quit, these pointers can help:

  • Get rid of all cigarettes and anything related to smoking, like lighters and ashtrays.
  • Live with another smoker? Ask them not to smoke near you or convince them to quit with you.
  • When the cravings hit, don’t focus on them. Cravings are temporary, so focus on why you want to quit instead.
  • Keep yourself busy and find things to do with your hands — doodling or playing with a pencil or straw. Change any activities connected to smoking, too. Take a walk or read a book instead of taking a cigarette break.
  • When you get the urge to smoke, take a deep breath. Hold it for ten seconds and release it slowly. Repeat this several times until the urge to smoke is gone. You can also try meditation to reduce baseline stress levels.
  • Avoid places, people and situations you associate with smoking. Hang out with nonsmokers or go places that don’t allow smoking (like movies, museums, shops or libraries).
  • Don’t substitute food or sugar-based products for cigarettes. These can cause weight gain. Instead, choose low-calorie, healthy foods. Try carrot or celery sticks, sugar-free hard candies or gum.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, but limit alcoholic and caffeinated beverages. They can trigger urges to smoke.
  • Remind yourself that you are a nonsmoker, and you don’t smoke.
  • Don’t forget to exercise, because it has health benefits and help you relax.

If I have been smoking for a while, is it too late to quit?

Smoking cessation, at any age, will improve your health. Years of smoking damage can reverse with time.

When you quit, benefits happen almost immediately:

  • After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and heart rate drop, and the temperature of your hands and feet increases. Plus, you stop polluting the air.
  • After eight hours, your blood will contain lower levels of carbon monoxide and higher levels of oxygen.
  • After 24 hours, your heart attack risk decreases.
  • After 48 hours, your nerve endings adjust to the absence of nicotine, and you begin to regain your ability to taste and smell.
  • After two weeks to three months, your circulation improves, and you can tolerate more exercise.
  • After one to nine months, your overall energy level increases, and you cough less. Plus, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
  • After one year, your risk of heart disease cuts in half compared to a current smoker.
  • After five to 15 years, your risk of stroke lowers to that of people who never smoked.
  • After 10 years, your risk of dying from lung cancer drops to almost the same rate as a lifelong nonsmoker. Plus, you decrease the risk of other cancers.
  • After 15 years, your risk of heart disease finally reaches that of people who never smoked.

What help is there to quit smoking?

When you’re ready to quit smoking, you have a lot of supportive resources to choose from. Medical clinics, local pharmacies and support groups like Nicotine Anonymous are ready to help you quit. Apps and websites offer encouragement and accountability when you try to quit.

A note from Cleveland Clinic

Choosing to quit smoking is a huge step toward living a healthy life. Though it may feel insurmountable, it’s not. Quitting is the right thing to do for your health.

How to quit smoking: 5 actions you can take now to end the addiction

Cigarettes have chemicals that can make this addiction particularly insidious.

Despite the steep uphill battle, the addiction can be overcome. Here are five actions you can take to help you or a loved one quit smoking and enjoy a healthier life:

1. Focus on how to ‘stay quit’

The goal should not be to quit smoking; rather, it should be on how to “stay quit,” said Dr. Panagis Galiatsatos, director of the Tobacco Treatment Clinic at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland.

He said he’s had patients who say they’ve quit many times, but that they’ve not been able to permanently stop.

He recommends people break up their larger goal of quitting into smaller goals.

For example, learn your different triggers that could make you want to smoke. That way, you can be mindful and find solutions for those actions.

2. Make each time you quit a learning experience

Most people who smoke quit eight to 12 times, because of the addictiveness of cigarettes, before they successfully quit for good, said Jonathan Bricker, professor in the public health sciences division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Because relapse is so common, Bricker tells his patients to find a lesson they can take from each experience.

“People will say things like, ‘I learned how powerful these cravings are, or I learned how seeing my friend smoke was a big trigger for me, or I learned that stress in my life was a big trigger,’ ” Bricker said.

Patients should approach quitting from the viewpoint that the more things they learn from their relapses, the greater their chance is of quitting permanently, he said.

3. Use phone lines and apps for support

Support groups for people who want to quit smoking are dwindling, so Bricker recommended calling a quitting help line to get outside assistance.

The CDC funds a tobacco cessation hotline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669), which is free to US residents in all states, plus the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. Your call goes automatically the quit line in your state or territory.

Callers are connected to coaches who help smokers create a plan to quit and give them advice when facing withdrawals and cravings.

Currently, state cessation hotlines only reach about 1% of people who smoke, which the CDC largely attributes to the lack of funding to promote the service.

Bricker’s team at Fred Hutch helped to create the app iCanQuit, which was supported by a grant from the US National Institutes of Health.

The app focuses on acceptance and commitment therapy, which encourages people to accept their emotions and thoughts instead of pushing them away. The tool also offers resources for quitting and handling cravings when they arise, Bricker said.

RELATED: Apps that help you acknowledge your smoking triggers work better, study shows

4. Speak to your medical provider

People who want to quit smoking can talk to their medical provider to come up with a treatment plan filled with multiple strategies, Galiatsatos said.

Doctors can prescribe medication to curb cigarette cravings and make them more manageable, he said. It’s a short-term solution to help train your brain to not crave cigarettes as strongly, Bricker added.

The medications doctors provide will depend on your specific situation, Bricker said. The prescriptions tend to be minimal at first then escalate depending on the severity of the addiction.

5. Support people addicted to smoking

Galiatsatos said he’s never come across a patient who doesn’t already know that smoking is bad, so he recommends avoiding that argument when appealing to a love one who smokes.

“If you are really serious about helping your loved one quit, you have to approach it as pro-smoker and anti-smoking,” he said.

When trying to help someone who smokes, make it clear that you are approaching the situation with no stigma or judgment, Galiatsatos said.

Once trust is established, he recommends friends and family members offer to help smokers find resources on how to quit smoking.

Medical providers should also be supportive of their patients who smoke, Galiatsatos said.

If patients feel judged by their doctors for smoking, they might just lie about it. And that doesn’t help anyone, he said.

Even when patients don’t feel motivated to quit smoking that day, it’s important to outline the different treatment options so they have the resources later .

Why is smoking so addictive anyway?

Cigarettes are filled with chemicals such as nicotine, which are chemically enhanced to drive that addiction, said Galiatsatos.

The chemically enhanced nicotine closely resembles the common neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which helps control muscle movement and other brain functions.

RELATED: Smokers may be at greater risk of depression, study findsWhen the nicotine fits into the acetylcholine receptors, your body releases dopamine, the “feel-good” brain chemical. When the dopamine goes away, people begin craving another cigarette.

“I always tell people this is the most insidious addictive molecule known to man because it doesn’t just overdose you,” said Galiatsatos, who is also a volunteer medical spokesperson for the American Lung Association.

It rewires the smoker’s brain over years and years, and “by the time someone realizes it’s robbing them of their health, it’s incredibly hard to break that addiction.”

Despite the daunting effort it takes, never forget — it is possible to overcome this addiction and enjoy better health.

Smoking | Quit Smoking | Effects of Smoking

What are the health effects of smoking?

There’s no way around it; smoking is bad for your health. It harms nearly every organ of the body, some that you would not expect. Cigarette smoking causes nearly one in five deaths in the United States. It can also cause many other cancers and health problems. These include

Women who smoke while pregnant have a greater chance of certain pregnancy problems. Their babies are also at higher risk of dying of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Smoking also causes addiction to nicotine, a stimulant drug that is in tobacco. Nicotine addiction makes it much harder for people to quit smoking.

What are the health risks of secondhand smoke?

Your smoke is also bad for other people – they breathe in your smoke secondhand and can get many of the same problems as smokers do. This includes heart disease and lung cancer. Children exposed to secondhand smoke have a higher risk of ear infections, colds, pneumonia, bronchitis, and more severe asthma. Mothers who breathe secondhand smoke while pregnant are more likely to have preterm labor and babies with low birth weight.

Are other forms of tobacco also dangerous?

Besides cigarettes, there are several other forms of tobacco. Some people smoke tobacco in cigars and water pipes (hookahs). These forms of tobacco also contain harmful chemicals and nicotine. Some cigars contain as much tobacco as an entire pack of cigarettes.

E-cigarettes often look like cigarettes, but they work differently. They are battery-operated smoking devices. Using an e-cigarette is called vaping. Not much is known about the health risks of using them. We do know they contain nicotine, the same addictive substance in tobacco cigarettes. E-cigarettes also expose non-smokers to secondhand aerosols (rather than secondhand smoke), which contain harmful chemicals.

Smokeless tobacco, such as chewing tobacco and snuff, is also bad for your health. Smokeless tobacco can cause certain cancers, including oral cancer. It also increases your risk of getting heart disease, gum disease, and oral lesions.

Why should I quit?

Remember, there is no safe level of tobacco use. Smoking even just one cigarette per day over a lifetime can cause smoking-related cancers and premature death. Quitting smoking can reduce your risk of health problems. The earlier you quit, the greater the benefit. Some immediate benefits of quitting include

  • Lower heart rate and blood pressure
  • Less carbon monoxide in the blood (carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen)
  • Better circulation
  • Less coughing and wheezing

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Why is smoking bad for me?

Tobacco smoke contains over 5,000 chemicals including nicotine. Nicotine is highly addictive. Smokers smoke for the nicotine but are harmed by the tar and other chemicals.

Many of them can cause cancer. Others are poisonous, such as hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide and ammonia. When you smoke, these chemicals can damage your lungs but also pass into your blood and spread through your body. Smoking can affect every part of the body – from your skin to your brain.

Outside the lungs smoking causes heart attacks, strokes and cancer. On average, smokers live 10 years less than non-smokers. Smoking tobacco is the biggest avoidable cause of death.

There’s no safe way to use tobacco:

  • Cigarette brands marketed as low tar, light or menthol are not safer than other cigarettes. Smokers get similar amounts of tar and other chemicals.
  • Roll-ups are just as dangerous as manufactured cigarettes and can be more dangerous without filters.

  • Smoking cigars or pipes is also bad for your health.

  • Shisha smoking, also called hookah or waterpipe, also contains tobacco. The smoke goes through water, but contains the same dangerous chemicals and is just as harmful as normal cigarette smoke.

Smokeless or chewed tobacco

Smokeless or chewed tobacco is used by south Asian communities. These tobacco products are known by their south Asian names, such as betel quid, paan or gutkha, and are just as addictive. They can also be harmful, and are associated with mouth cancer, cardiovascular disease and problems in pregnancy. As well as tobacco, they can also include other unhealthy ingredients such as betel nuts or areca nuts, which are known to cause cancer in their own right. 

Examples of these products are:

  • tobacco with or with or without flavourings, such as mishri India powdered tobacco and qimam, also known as kimam
  • tobacco with slaked lime or lime paste  and areca nut, such as  paan, gutkha, zarda, mawa, manipuri and betel quid with tobacco
  • tobacco with other ingredients added,  such as kahini, gul, and naswar, also called niswar or nass

Inhaling any smoke is harmful

This especially includes smoking other substances such as cannabis. Cannabis smoking is associated with developing emphysema. You can become addicted to cannabis, and just like tobacco, cannabis smoke contains cancer-causing chemicals. If you mix cannabis with tobacco and smoke it, you’re at risk of becoming addicted to nicotine too.

Why is it so hard to stop smoking?

Most smokers want to stop because they know about the risks to their health. But many keep smoking because they’re addicted to nicotine, often from a young age. As well as marketing targeted at young people, the tobacco industry has designed and modified cigarettes to make them addictive. The nicotine in tobacco gets rapidly into your brain and creates a need to continue to smoke. The falling level of nicotine in your brain creates the urge to smoke. Controlling these urges is the key to being able to kick the habit.

Smoking is often part of your daily routine and habit. Your local stop smoking clinic can support you to manage this side of smoking as well as tackling physical cravings.

Are e-cigarettes bad for me?

The consensus is that using an e-cigarette or vaping is far less risky than smoking. It’s a less harmful way to receive nicotine and the vapour contains few of the harmful chemicals found in cigarette smoke. If they are present, they are at much lower levels. There is now also good evidence that e-cigarettes can help smokers quit.

Why should I stop smoking?

You’ll live longer, feel better and have more money to spend on things and activities you like doing, like holidays. You’ll also protect people around you who used to breathe in your smoke.

  • If you already have a lung condition, stopping smoking is the best step you can take for your health and quality of life. It will help you cope with your symptoms and stop your condition getting worse. For example, smokers are 5 times more likely to catch flu.
  • It’s never too late to stop, no matter how long you have smoked for. Your lungs will work better, even if you stop when you’re over 60. If you stop smoking when you’re 30, you’re likely to live 10 years longer.
  • Your friends and family will be healthier too. People who breathe in second-hand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers. Second-hand smoke is particularly dangerous to babies and children as their lungs are still developing and are much more vulnerable to breathing in toxic materials.
  • Stopping is a key way to protect your children’s health in the long term. Children are much more likely to take up smoking if their parents smoke.

I managed to stop smoking 10 years ago and have a new lease of life. I now enjoy swimming and cycling. I wouldn’t have been able to push myself as hard if I were still smoking – and coughing.Michael

If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day, quitting could save you more than £275 every month – that’s over £3,000 a year!

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Science: Science and technology: Lenta.ru

On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, which is celebrated on May 31, scientists named the most “smoking” countries in the world. A global survey on tobacco use from 1990 to 2019 was published on the website of the medical journal The Lancet.

The study analyzes in detail the statistics of smoking and tobacco use in 204 countries of the world, collected in the course of 3625 nationwide surveys.

The top 10 most “smoking” countries include China, India, Indonesia, USA, Russia, Bangladesh, Japan, Turkey, Vietnam and the Philippines.Every third tobacco smoker in the world lives in China.

Statistics show that the number of smokers is growing in general globally and in 2019 it reached 1.1 billion people. Smoking has caused 7.7 million deaths worldwide, including one in five deaths among men. To combat the smoking epidemic, the researchers note, countries must implement a number of effective tobacco control policies, including increasing taxes on tobacco products.

The study also showed that the average life expectancy of smokers is ten years lower than that of those who have never smoked.Every second smoker, according to the survey, died from causes directly related to smoking.

Earlier it was reported about a man from Turkey who locked himself in a cage to quit smoking. To get rid of this bad habit, the Turk weaved a special helmet for himself from 40 meters of copper wire. A man who smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for 20 years decided to overcome addiction after the death of his smoker father from lung cancer.

In December, it became known about the regions of Russia with the most drinking women.Almost 2 percent of Russian women consume more alcohol than the norm, the Federal State Statistics Service said. Most women who abuse alcohol were found in the Jewish Autonomous Region (9.3 percent). This is followed by the Chukotka Autonomous District (8.8), the Arkhangelsk Region (6.1), the Khabarovsk Territory (6) and the Murmansk Region (4.8).

90 000 Airports allowed to return smoking rooms :: Society :: RBK

The corresponding law was adopted by the State Duma.Smoking rooms at airports are equipped with good ventilation and located in areas where registered visitors can be, so that the smoking process is not visible from other rooms

Photo: Sergey Savostyanov / TASS

The State Duma in the third reading adopted a bill allowing smoking in special rooms on the territory of the airport in the waiting area for registered passengers.This was reported on the website of the lower house of parliament.

It is assumed that smoking rooms will be equipped with special ventilation systems that will protect against smoke from non-smokers. Passengers will be able to visit the smoking rooms after passing through security before the flight, as well as in the areas intended for those traveling in transit. At the same time, smoking rooms should be installed so that “the possibility of observing tobacco smoking from other premises is excluded,” says the text of the bill.

At the next stage, the bill will be considered by the Federation Council.

“Practice shows nicotine addicted people most often break the law and smoke in rooms that are not intended for this. We are talking about the so-called sterile zones of airports, where passengers can no longer go outside, as required by law, “- said RBC in the press service of Vnukovo. The airport supports the idea that there is no need to promote smoking; special zones for nicotine addicts can be equipped so that smokers cannot be seen from other premises.

Domodedovo will decide on the allocation of special zones for smokers after the bill is finally approved, the press service of the airport said. “At present, for the convenience of passengers, special smoking areas have been organized at the airport, which are located at an insignificant distance from the entrances to the building of the passenger terminal,” they said.

How I quit smoking. Doctor’s experience.

All smokers know about the dangers of smoking.Many resolutely part with this disaster, many intend to do so immediately. I will tell you about my own experience of parting with a cigarette.

When I was 18, I started smoking. And this happened while serving in the army. I lit a cigarette because all the conditions for smoking were created. First, cigarettes were given out free of charge in the amount of 25 packs per month. Secondly, there was not a single non-smoker among the servicemen of the unit. Thirdly, as they said, a non-smoking sergeant is nonsense.

From then on I smoked until 2008, which is a full 38 years.Smoked conscientiously, not less than a pack a day, especially in the morning, after meals, tea and coffee, with vodka, for the company, before going to bed, from nerves, from nothing to do, on the way, at the bus stop, etc., etc. ., as well as in the intervals between all of the above.

As every smoker from a certain moment wants to quit smoking, so I wanted to quit but could not. It is fear that keeps us from quitting smoking. Fear that without a cigarette we will be deprived of pleasure or support. Fear that pleasant situations will never be the same again.Fear that we will not be able to cope with stress. Because of this, I did not try to quit smoking, although, by virtue of my profession, I know about the dangers of smoking more than any layman. And I am perfectly aware that smoking is not a habit, it is NICOTINE DEPENDENCE! Since smokers do not understand that this is an addiction, it seems to them that it is extremely difficult to “quit” smoking. The main reason for this difficulty lies in their belief that they receive genuine pleasure and / or support from smoking, and believe that they will make a real sacrifice if they quit smoking, but after realizing nicotine addiction and the true reasons for their smoking, you can quit smoking easily “at the expense three”.And in three or four weeks they will be puzzled why they smoked for so long and that TO BE NON-SMOKING IS HAPPINESS!

Only fear prevents us from trying to quit smoking, and every smoker can discover how easy and pleasant it is. The book ALLEN CARR “The Easy Way to Quit Smoking” helped me to make sure of this.

We all start smoking out of stupidity, usually under pressure from the environment or at friendly parties, but when we feel that we are starting to get used to it, why do we continue to smoke?

No regular smoker knows why he smokes.If he knew the true reason, he would quit smoking.

In the depths of their hearts, all smokers know that they are fools. Before becoming addicted to smoking, they know they don’t have the slightest need to smoke. Most of them can remember the disgusting taste of their first cigarette, and the fact that they had to work hard before they became addicted to smoking. The most annoying thing is that they mentally understand that non-smokers not only lose nothing, but also laugh at smokers

But smokers are intelligent, rational people.They know that they are putting their health at great risk, and they are aware of the fact that they spend a fortune on cigarettes in a lifetime. Therefore, in order to justify their habit, they need to have a rational explanation.

The real reason why smokers continue to smoke is an insidious combination of factors. It:

1. NICOTINE DEPENDENCE

2. “BRAINWASHING”

Nicotine is a colorless, oily substance found in tobacco that is addictive to the smoker.This drug is the fastest addictive of all substances known to mankind: it may take only one cigarette to become addicted to it.

Each puff of a cigarette delivers a small dose of nicotine through the lungs to the brain, which acts much faster than, for example, the dose of heroin that a drug addict injects into a vein.

If, smoking a cigarette, you take twenty puffs, you get twenty doses of the drug with just one cigarette.

Nicotine is a fast-acting drug, and blood levels drop by about half within 30 minutes and to about one quarter an hour after smoking a cigarette.This explains why, on average, smokers smoke twenty cigarettes a day.

As soon as the cigarette is smoked, the rapid elimination of nicotine from the body begins, and the person begins to experience withdrawal pangs.

He thinks that withdrawal pain is a terrible trauma that occurs when he, on his own or forcibly, tries to quit smoking, but this is not physical torture, it is more mental torture; the smoker feels that he or she is deprived of pleasure or support.

In reality, the pain caused by nicotine withdrawal is so mild that most smokers live their entire lives and die without even realizing that they are addicts. When we use the term “nicotine addict” we think we are just “getting into the habit.” Most smokers experience drug horror, being, in fact, drug addicts. Fortunately, nicotine is a drug that is easy to give up, but first you must admit that you have become addicted.

Withdrawal from nicotine is not accompanied by physical pain.Basically it is a disturbing feeling of emptiness, a feeling that something is missing. Many smokers therefore think that it is something to do with their hands. If this feeling persists, the smoker becomes nervous, insecure, agitated, irritable and begins to lack confidence in the world. The thirst for this poison, nicotine, is like acute hunger.

Society often refers to smoking as a bad habit. However, it must be clearly understood that smoking is not a habit, but a DRUG DEPENDENCE.

Once we start smoking, we must learn how to handle cigarettes. Before we realize it – once! – and we not only buy them regularly, but have to carry them with us all the time. Now, in the absence of cigarettes, we panic and over time we smoke more and more.

This happens with any other drug: our body seeks to protect itself from the effects of nicotine, and at the same time the need for it grows. After a short period of smoking, the cigarette stops completely alleviating the discomfort of lack of nicotine, which it itself creates.Therefore, lighting a cigarette makes you feel better than a moment ago; in fact, you become more nervous and tense even while smoking than if you were a non-smoker at all.

But that’s not all: as soon as the cigarette is extinguished, the rapid elimination of nicotine from the body begins, which explains why, in stressful situations, the smoker tends to smoke cigarettes one by one.

1. The disadvantages of smoking clearly outweigh its advantages.But we nevertheless believe that there is something about the cigarette that gives us pleasure or some support, which is why most of us continue to smoke. We feel that after we quit smoking, some emptiness forms and that certain life situations will no longer be the same. This is another illusion. The truth is that a cigarette does nothing; it only takes away, although then it partially returns – only in order to maintain the illusion.

2. Although nicotine is the most potent drug in the world due to the speed with which addiction is formed, you will never be addicted to it to the extreme. Since this drug is fast acting, it takes only three weeks to remove 99% of nicotine from the body, and the real withdrawal pangs are so negligible that many smokers have lived and died without realizing that they were experiencing them.

Almost all smokers get along fine at night without nicotine.The withdrawal pangs don’t even wake them up. Most of them leave their bedrooms before lighting their first cigarette; many have breakfast first; some wait until they arrive at work. They can abstain from nicotine for ten hours of sleep time and not worry about it, but if they spend ten hours without a cigarette during the day, they will begin to pull out their hair.

Today, some people who smoke buy new cars and do not smoke in them. Many of them visit theaters, shops, churches, etc.and the inability to smoke in these places does not bother them. There were no riots in the subway cars either. Perhaps you will be comforted by the news that rumors circulating from time to time (“it will take eight years for this” infection “to leave your body” or “every cigarette you smoke shortens your life by five minutes”) – not true.

Don’t think that the harmful effects of smoking are exaggerated; rather, they are underestimated. “Infection”, in fact, is never completely eliminated from the body.If people smoke nearby, nicotine is in the air, and even non-smokers get a small percentage. However, our bodies are incredible devices; they have tremendous potential for recovery, unless, of course, you have already set in motion one of the irreversible diseases. If you quit smoking now, your body will recover within a few weeks as if you have never been a smoker.

With regard to brainwashing

From early childhood on our subconscious mind is bombarded daily with a stream of information that cigarettes relax, give confidence and masculinity, and that the most valuable thing on the planet is a cigarette.Do you think I’m exaggerating? When you watch a cartoon, motion picture or theatrical performance in which people are threatened with the death penalty or execution, what is their last request? That’s right, a cigarette!

True, there are other kinds of advertisements – cancer threats, amputated legs, campaigns against bad breath – but they don’t really stop smokers. Of course, logically, it should, but in reality this does not happen. All these campaigns are not even able to keep teenagers from smoking.

Nicotine is a drug, so your taste buds and sense of smell become dull. The scariest side of smoking is not even that it damages your health and hits your pocket, but that it deforms your psyche. You start to look for any plausible excuses for why you keep smoking.

In other words, the effect of indoctrination is to trick us into believing that our smoking is inevitable: either some particular weakness inherent in us, or that the cigarette contains something necessary for us, so that when we quit smoking, there will be emptiness.

But in reality, CIGARETTES DO NOT FILL THE EMPTY, THEY CREATE IT!

Typically, smokers try to quit smoking, citing health, money and social disapproval of the addiction as the main reasons.

The fear of lung cancer did not make me quit smoking, as I believed that smoking was like walking in a minefield. If you were able to get through – great, but stepped on a mine – then you were out of luck. You were aware of the risk you were putting yourself in, and if you were ready for it, what does that have to do with anyone else?

“We all have to die of something.”

Of course you will die, but is this statement a valid reason for deliberately shortening your life?

“The quality of life is more important than longevity.”

Quite right, but I hope you are not saying that the quality of life of a drug addict or alcoholic is higher than that of a person who is not addicted to alcohol or heroin? Do you really believe that a smoker’s quality of life is higher than that of a non-smoker? Of course, the smoker loses more – and his life is shorter, and he himself is more unhappy.

“Perhaps the exhaust fumes are more damaging to my lungs than smoking.”

Even if it were true, why punish your lungs even more? Can you imagine someone who would be stupid enough to put their mouths on the exhaust pipe and deliberately inhale these gases into their lungs?

AND IN FACT, SMOKERS, IN ESSENCE, DO THIS!

In our society, it is considered difficult to quit smoking. Even those books that advise you to quit smoking usually begin by describing how difficult it will be for you to do so.In reality, it’s ridiculously easy.

However, in order to quit smoking, you need to do only one thing: no more smoking.

No one forces you to smoke (other than yourself) and, unlike food or drink, you do not need to smoke to survive. Therefore, it is not clear why, in fact, it must be difficult for you to quit smoking? In fact, the process of quitting smoking is hampered by the use of the willpower method by the smoker. The Willpower Method is any method that makes the smoker feel like he is making some kind of sacrifice.

Smokers who have succeeded in quitting smoking using the willpower method usually say it was a difficult and time-consuming task. This is because the main problem is brainwashing, and long after the physical addiction to nicotine fades away, the smoker is moping without cigarettes.

Many smokers resort to smoking cessation as a temporary means of quitting altogether or as an attempt to take control of the little monster.Reducing smoking is recommended by many doctors and consultants as support.

Obviously, the less you smoke, the better you feel. But reducing the number of cigarettes smoked is fatal as an intermediate stage before quitting smoking altogether. It is the attempts to cut down on smoking that keep us in this trap all our lives.

Usually, smoking cuts follow failed attempts to quit. After a few hours or days of abstaining from smoking, the smoker says to himself something like: “I cannot bear the thought of living without a cigarette, so from now on I will only smoke on special occasions or reduce smoking to ten cigarettes a day.If I can switch to the habit of smoking ten cigarettes a day, then I can either stay at the same level, or further reduce this amount. ”

Just one cigarette is a myth that should get out of my head.

Today everyone knows that the only reason people keep smoking is because their attempt to quit smoking has failed, or they are afraid to even try.

Our society treats smoking lightly as a slightly unpleasant habit that can be harmful to health.This is not true. Smoking is drug addiction, disease and number one killer. Becoming addicted to nicotine is horrible, but being addicted to it all your life is even more terrifying.

A poor smoker loses a lot:

HEALTH

ENERGY

OF MONEY

SELF-CONFIDENCE

Peace of mind

COURAGE

IMPAIRABILITY

FREEDOMS

SELF-RESPECT.

Will I Gain Weight

This is another myth about smoking, spread mainly by those smokers who tried to quit using the method of willpower, replacing nicotine with candy, etc.to ease the pangs of withdrawal. Nicotine withdrawal pangs are very similar to hunger pangs, which is why the two feelings are often confused. However, the pangs of hunger can be satisfied with food, and it is impossible to completely remove the pangs of withdrawal from nicotine.

Quitting smoking is ridiculously easy. There are only two things to do:

1. Make a decision that I will never smoke again.

2. Do not get depressed about this. Rejoice!

The key to making quitting smoking easy is making sure you succeed and completely abstain from smoking during the quitting period (maximum three weeks).If you tune in correctly, you will find that quitting smoking is ridiculously easy.

I quit smoking on November 20, 2008 and consider this day my second birthday.

Methodologist NOB V.A.Mishchenko

90,000 TOP-10 products for cleansing the lungs according to doctors

Diseases, poor ecology, smoking – all this contributes to the accumulation of phlegm in the lungs and further deterioration of the health and quality of life of a person. Doctors named the top 10 products that actively contribute to the cleansing of the lungs, writes Tsargrad.

Top 10 Lung Cleansing Products:

  1. Apples
  2. Green tea
  3. Fish
  4. Nuts and Seeds
  5. Olive oil
  6. Broccoli
  7. Ginger
  8. Whole grains
  9. Hot pepper (chili)
  10. Garlic

Why these products are useful:

In the first place – apples . Their phenolic compounds and flavonoids reduce inflammation in the airways, which inhibits the production of harmful mucus.According to research, people who drink a glass of apple juice a day are less likely to complain of shortness of breath.

In second place – green tea , which is rich in antioxidants. It helps to relieve inflammation and speed up the healing of the lungs.

Next – fish , in particular mackerel, trout, sardines, herring. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are good helpers in the fight against inflammation. And the listed species of fish are effective against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

In fourth place – nuts and seeds . These products are some of the best and most active in lung cleansing.

In fifth place – extra virgin olive oil . It prevents tissue damage.

Also among the best in lung cleansing are broccoli , ginger , whole grains and hot pepper . The beneficial properties of these products have been confirmed by many studies and should also be added to the diet to cleanse the lungs.

The tenth is garlic , long known for its benefits. According to doctors, this product is an ideal protector against the development of lung cancer. According to research, people who ate three cloves of raw garlic twice a week reduced their risk of lung cancer by 44%. This product contains flavonoids that stimulate the production of glutathione, a substance that accelerates the elimination of potential toxins and carcinogens.

90,000 15 most creative anti-smoking videos

Many people quit smoking thanks to social advertising.Immediately 15 creative videos on the day of quitting tobacco will help you either forget about nicotine addiction, or temper your will.

Mankind is carried away by attempts to quit smoking. This is prompted by sad medical statistics and a banal sense of self-preservation. And advertisers are helping this campaign as best they can, to the best of their ability. Social advertising that it is time to give up this bad habit and breathe in the clean air of megalopolises again, is in the portfolio of any self-respecting advertising agency.Some are just masterpieces.

Good thriller, good horror

1. A funny video that introduces very good and really nice people.

2. Literally 45 seconds fit the whole story about the life of a smoker. The story, frankly, is terrible. In principle, most authors try to catch up as much horror as possible by showing human organs, the sick and their painful end. Here’s a classic dismemberment.

3. The plot is not very exciting, but with a clear demonstration of all medical anti-nicotine horror stories, such as black lungs, purple liver and brain in section. Naturally, drenched in tar, stricken with disease and riddled with tobacco. Even just going out for a walk can be dangerous if you bring cigarettes with you. This is what the following videos are about.

4. People’s fears are exploited with some kind of cheerful and unhealthy savor.And if the viewer is caught not impressionable, they finish off with such a kind fantastic horror.

A little romance

5. On the other hand, the effectiveness of horror stories raises quite natural doubts among many. Especially in adolescents. How can you scare you with leaky lungs when you know that at sixteen everyone lives forever, and diseases are somewhere in the future, after their thirtieth birthday? So they frighten young people with more understandable melodramas.In this “social sphere”, for example, a quick and obligatory impotence.

6. Many people live according to the principle “not visible and not scary.” Is something bad going on in the body? Who might be interested if only a pathologist sees all the changes? This video is just for such skeptics. Maybe naive, but clearly.

7. Sociologists believe that many people start smoking in a company only because it is “cool, fashionable and very grown-up”.To laugh at all these fantasies, the creators of this video suggested imagining that picking your nose has become fashionable. Disgusting, isn’t it?

8. And a softer version. It’s just clown pipes.

9. There is even a whole series of commercials that even suggest “do not start smoking”. In it, the main emphasis is precisely on the fact that a cigarette is not at all as romantic as it seems.

Classic tragicomedy

10. People laugh at smokers. From the outside, they are really ridiculous: so many difficulties for the sake of a small paper pipe with tobacco. The hero of this video even becomes a murderer by mistake. Let only a hamster suffer, and only a little girl will regret it.

11. A bit of real female deceit on the front of anti-nicotine propaganda.A sweet smile can change a man, and where it is lacking, you can just shout. The main thing is to apply everything in a timely and unexpected way.

12. The amazing peculiarity of people to arrange “smoking rooms” in the most unexpected, strange and frankly inappropriate places inspired the creators of this advertisement.

13. An instructive story about those who shoot social videos against smoking. Very self-critical.The most interesting thing is that it was possible not to shoot it to the end … And so everything is clear.

Everything will be beautiful

14. Old video, 1993, from New Zealand. It clearly proves that the fight against tobacco smoking is a whole art. Everything is so beautiful that it even gets in the way. I want to beat smokers solely for the sake of aesthetic pleasure.

15. The characters in this ad are just as scary as lung cancer.Looking at them, you want to give up smoking in advance at home, on the street and anywhere else.

Well, in the final, a little beautiful … Two wonderful videos that do not fit into the rest of the nominations.

Now does not smoke Maxim Usachev

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Are smokers less likely to contract coronavirus: findings of Japanese scientists.

The axiom about the dangers of smoking during the period of coronavirus infection has been questioned by medical statistics. Disputes about this began at the beginning of 2020 (during the first wave of the disease, there were even several publications that smokers were less likely to get sick with COVID-19, and that tobacco smoke protects against infection).

This year, a group of Japanese scientists found out whether this is really so and whether smokers really get sick less often.

The study was conducted by employees of the University of Hiroshima and Kansai Medical University. The results were published by Scientific Reports.

Japanese scientists have concluded that the ingredient in tobacco smoke, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or just PAHs, does provide some protection. This toxic and carcinogenic compound, upon contact with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, inhibits the formation of ACE-2 receptors.As a result, the virus loses its ability to contact human cells, which explains the strange statistics of morbidity among smokers and nonsmokers.

But at the same time, scientists have confirmed that if a smoker gets sick with any form of coronavirus, then he is more likely to have a more severe form of the disease.

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