How long until I stop thinking about smoking? 3 things to help you change

How long until I stop thinking about smoking? 3 things to help you change

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Even after they decide to quit smoking, many people find it difficult to keep to their resolve and give up along the way.  In many ways, it’s not your fault – it’s nicotine’s.

Many of the smokers we know have been smoking for 10 or more years.  In some cases, over half their lives have been spent as smokers.  As one result of this, giving up the habit of smoking would seem to be quite a challenge.  Once you have made the life-changing decision to quit smoking for good, it would be a shame to hit a rough patch during a quit, slip, and end up back where you started.

However, if you can decide in advance what to do in those moments when you just want a puff, you can raise your chances at staying quit.  Here we’ll introduce 3 ways to resist cravings.


1. Replace cigarettes with food (or something else)

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It may sound a little weird, but when smokers give up cigarettes, their mouths feel a little lonely.  Indeed, for many people, using food as a substitute tends to help considerably – gum and chocolate being favorites for many.  However, one of the fears that many have is over gaining weight after quitting smoking; caution is needed to eat too much during quitting smoking.

Dietary intake tends to increase more than during smoking because the smoker ‘s appetite restrained by nicotine returns to a natural state by quitting smoking. Besides, the taste improves better than when smoking, the food feels tasty, and it is easy to over-eat as a compensatory behavior of smoking, which inevitably makes it fat.

Although I started smoking cessation for my health, it is meaningless if I gain weight and become unhealthy. However, because there is also a side of meal as a compensating behavior, considering the risk of smoking again, it can not be said that simply reducing the amount of meals is not enough. If you want to eat to lose your loneliness, let’s take low calorie food. The basic way of thinking is the same as dietary diet.


2. Exercise while getting some outside air

The most healthy way to compensate for smoking is to exercise while sucking outside air. Among smokers, I think many people become a habit to get up on the first thing in the morning smoking cigarettes. Let’s fill the lungs with fresh outside air instead of cigarette smoke with smoking cessation. There is a “breathing exercise” to inhale smoke into one of the habits of cigarettes, and breathing out the outside air is also called “respiratory movement”. The deep breath also has a relaxing effect, you will feel the taste of the natural air, you will feel the refreshingness of smoking cessation throughout the body.

Also, by doing exercise, such as jogging, to a little extra breath, the desire to smoke cigarettes will be diminished, so it would be effective to do it in set with deep breath. Stress tends to accumulate during smoking cessation, but exercise is best for diverging.

If you want to smoke, if you have time at private etc. If you have jogging outside, such as a short break, do not breathe deep breath outside if you do not have time.


3. Trying acupressure points

There is an acupressure of ear in a method to momentarily suppress the feeling wanting to smoke cigarettes. There are many points in the ears, and it is said that various effects can be expected depending on where you press.

In the case of smoking cessation, it is said that feelings of wanting to smoke can be suppressed by pushing three points of call called “shinko (shinko)”, “sweet ayu (funuti)” “mouth” I will.

There is no need to push hard, so let’s modify the force to the extent that your head gets stuck so as not to hurt the skin. Let’s stimulate these three points once a day at a favorable timing.

There are some points that are expected to help smoking cessation on the palm and legs as well. It may be good to push yourself even if you experts have actually pushed them and remember the degree of strength and the position of points as body. I think that it is good to add as a support for other smoking cessation law thinking that pushing pushing stimulates acupoints to support attitudinal attitude and effort for smoking cessation.


Final word

It is unavoidable that you may want to smoke casually when you are smoking. Especially if you are just beginning smoking cessation, there will be many intense conflicts.

If you really want to smoke cigarettes, please try the three countermeasures you introduced. Everything you try is to focus on the method that suits you. Over time, the situation that you can not put up with quit smoking should gradually decrease.

It may be that you have succeeded in quitting smoking while repeating trial and error. First of all, try simple non-smoking habits and non-smoking goods and try various challenges, if you have trouble, consult a doctor or counselor.


“It hurts when I smoke” – Tobacco’s effects on the lungs

“It hurts when I smoke” – Tobacco’s effects on the lungs

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Some smokers may have experienced feeling uneasy or feeling pain in the chest and lungs when they smoked.

Long-term smoking is known to impose a great burden on the lungs and bronchi, causing inflammation in respiratory organs and sometimes causing pain.  This time we will introduce what influence smoking has on lungs, one of the key diseases (COPD) it can cause, and how to deal with light chest pains while smoking.


Cigarette smoking’s effect on lungs

how tobacco affect smokers lung

Tobacco contains many substances that are harmful or downright toxic to the human body.  When tobacco burns, the smoke generated contains several thousand chemical substances, such as nicotine, tar, dioxin and arsenic, which are generally quite bad for the body.

When people continue smoking, these harmful substances damage the bronchi (large airways carrying air to lungs) and alveoli (small air sacs in lungs that carry oxygen to blood), and inflammation gradually occurs.  Generally, difference in breathing is not necessarily distinguishable from one day to the next, as smoking’s effect on the lungs is a very gradual process. However, after years of smoking, the alveoli are severely damaged and lung function is markedly reduced, leading to a drop in physical strength and even experiencing palpitations / shortness of breath.


What is COPD?

A typical example of a disease caused by tobacco is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD.  Symptoms of COPD are divided into the following four stages.

  1. Mild COPD or Stage 1: Mild COPD. Most people in this stage do not necessarily realize they have an issue, as they continue their daily activities without feeling much difference.  Some people may notice a cough or that they have more phlegm.
  2. Moderate COPD or Stage 2: Moderate COPD. During this stage, most people notice more coughing and difficulty in breathing, with increased mucus production.  People also tend at this stage to seek medical advice.
  3. Severe COPD or Stage 3: Severe emphysema.  By this COPD stage, daily life is impacted to a great extent, as lung function is declining.  People will likely have difficulty with exercise and may feel more fatigued.
  4. Very Severe COPD or Stage 4: Very severe or End-Stage COPD.  People in this stage have low blood oxygen levels and may find that their quality of life is affected severely, with breathing issues now life-threatening.

COPD is also known as a “smoking disease,” and now it is dangerous as a lifestyle disease of the lung.  In many cases, COPD can be avoidable by quitting smoking at the earliest opportunity.


What to do if your lungs hurt from smoking

tobacco nicotine caffeine coffeeWhen you are a smoker and feel pain or discomfort different from dry air or a cold, you may need to be careful as there is a possibility that COPD may be lurking.  Even if you are not in a position to go to see a doctor immediately, you should consider seeing a medical professional just in case, especially if symptoms worsen or persist.  For minor cases, we have three simple tips that can be followed.


1. Warm your body

If you feel pain in your lungs, or if you have a degree of discomfort in your bones or muscles, pain may be relieved by applying something warm around the affected area. This can be something like a blanket or heating pad.  Especially during cold weather, it is important to keep the body warm to promote immunity.  However, if you feel short of breath, be sure to relax and not overexert yourself.


2. Prop up your upper body slightly

When feeling not only pain but also breathlessness, try applying a cushion or a pillow to your back and bring your upper body 30 to 60 degrees and rest.  By taking this posture, the diaphragm naturally spreads and can allow you to breathe more easily, so the sense of oppression on the chest can be alleviated.


3. Drink coffee

If you experience coughing spells or if the cough persists, having a cup of coffee may help.  Immediately after drinking coffee, the trachea spreads for a while and breathing may become somewhat easier.

When you feel fatigue accumulating, portions of your body starting to feel cold, or chest pains worsening, you may have a more advanced condition, so by all means go consult your doctor.


Final word

The impact of tobacco on the lungs and bronchi is not a sudden hit, but as you continue to smoke your health is virtually guaranteed to deteriorate over time.  Pain in the lungs and bronchi is nothing short of your body emitting an SOS.  Looking for ways to cut down on and ultimately quit smoking may just save your life.


All about the difference between active and passive smoking

All about the difference between active and passive smoking

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We typically think of cigarette smoke (and smokers) as being divided into two categories: “mainstream smoke” (i.e. the person who’s directly smoking a cigarette) and “secondhand” (or “sidestream” smoke/”passive smoking” – i.e. the people who inhale what smokers exhale).

As you can imagine, each manner of smoking involves different risks, given the different kinds of toxic substances that can be found in each variety of smoke.  Each has a common thread: that when a smoker has a cigarette, the smoke is not only affecting their body, but that of loved ones and others around them.  Here we will discuss more about the influence of secondhand smoke and ways to consider minimizing its effect on others.


What is in tobacco smoke and how does it affect smokers?

dangers of secondhand smoke

Smoke that a smoker directly inhales through a cigarette – “mainstream smoke” – contains a number of harmful substances such as nicotine and tar.  While to an extent cigarette filters are designed to help trap some of the tar and particulates in smoke, they do not necessarily reduce many of the carcinogens in smoke as smokers inhale.

With the exception of a few select brands, most common cigarette brands contain not just tobacco, but a variety of other ingredients, including preservatives, humectants, flavors and other additives aimed at increasing a cigarette’s appeal to customers.  When these are burned, an additional 4,000+ substances are created, at least 40 of which are known carcinogens.  As tar and other chemicals coat the lungs over years, the risk of a smoker developing lung cancer and other bronchial illnesses jumps.


More about sidestream smoke

what is thirdhand smoke

A smoker exhales smoke into the environment around them.  Smoke rises from the tip of their lit cigarette, swirling into the same space.  This is where sidestream smoke – “passive smoking” – begins.  Sidestream smoke tends to be more alkaline than smoke that passes through a filter, and as a result the concentration of toxins tends to be higher than in mainstream smoke. Concentrations of nicotine, tar and carbon monoxide, the three major harmful substances in cigarettes, are more than double that of mainstream smoke, respectively, while the concentration of ammonia is several dozen times higher in sidestream smoke.

Just being in the vicinity of a smoker means that passive smokers are inhaling as much harmful smoke as that directly inhaled by the smoker.  Moreover, this effect can be further concentrated when others are together with a smoker in a confined space, such as a vehicle.


Effects of second-hand smoke

There are numerous cases where non-smokers got lung cancer due to passive smoking.  In some countries where regulations still allow people to smoke indoors, like in restaurants, staff are exposed daily to larger amounts of smoke as they work.  For families with a smoker indoors, this is a similar story.

Even if you are not smoking yourself, if your family member, partner, or coworker is a smoker, your risk of getting cancer will be several times higher.  In fact, the U.S. Surgeon General estimates that nonsmokers who live with a smoker may have a 20 to 30 percent higher chance of developing lung cancer.  For children living in a smoker household, chances of their developing wheeze and asthma jump by at least 20%.  It is important for smokers to understand the influence of second-hand smoke so that they do not become perpetrators while they do not know.


Final word

Both mainstream smoke and sidestream smoke contain harmful substances, but sidestream smoke that is entirely unfiltered has a higher risk of affecting the body, and smokers should give consideration to others around them.  Also, even if you are not smoking yourself, if you have a smoker around you, such as a family member or a roommate, you should consider what effect their habit is having on your health.  And also keep in mind that pets are affected by secondhand smoke too.  It is important to have an eye on improving the air environment around you.

As long as there are cigarettes, passive smoking will not go away. However, you can reduce your risks by being aware of secondhand smoke and discussing things with the smoker in your life.


How does smoking affect allergies? Symptoms of allergy to cigarettes

How does smoking affect allergies? Symptoms of allergy to cigarettes

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Chemical substances contained in tobacco are allergens and may cause “cigarette allergies.”

The large number of toxic irritants contained in each puff of cigarette smoke can induce or aggravate different allergies.  However, if appropriate measures are taken, it may be possible to reduce or alleviate certain symptoms.  This time, we will introduce about some of the allergies associated with smoking and tobacco.


Relationship between tobacco and atopic eczema

When harmful substances contained in tobacco and cigarette smoke are taken into the blood, the body will try to remove them.  This process can trigger an immune response, which may in turn cause symptoms of an allergy.  Atopy – a kind of hypersensitivity to certain allergens –  is also considered as one of them.

There are some 4000 harmful substances found in cigarette smoke, such as nicotine, which contracts blood vessels, and active oxygen, which accelerates the aging process by oxidizing cells in the body.  Blood vessel constriction and skin aging due to smoking can adversely affect atopy.

In addition to being directly impacted as a smoker, smoke that you exhale and smoke that floats from the end of your lit cigarette – i.e. secondhand or sidestream smoke – also touches and coats both the smoker’s skin and that of people nearby.  Secondhand smoke is known to be more harmful than mainstream smoke, and can cause stains, wrinkles and dullness.  As the skin’s environment worsens, the potential for atopy to be aggravated grows.


Symptoms of tobacco allergies

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“Cigarette allergy” is a disease in which allergic symptoms, such as atopy, are triggered by an immune reaction against harmful substances in tobacco or smoke.  Strictly speaking, there is no singular, medically defined “tobacco allergy,” rather the condition is referred to as a “hypersensitivity to certain chemicals.”   As a result it is typically distinguished separately as a disease as opposed to an allergy per se, however “tobacco allergy” and “smoking allergy” are interchangeable phrases more commonly used and much easier to understand.

The fear of tobacco allergy may be the point that it may occur not only for smokers but also for non-smokers as well.  Since sidestream smoke contains numerous toxic chemicals, being a secondhand smoker (i.e. living with or being around a smoker) over a period of time may cause tobacco allergy symptoms.  These symptoms may be as innocent as a runny nose, cough or sneezing, but in heavy cases there can be cases of respiratory-related issues, such as asthma, severe coughing and dyspnea, so care must be taken.  In fact, environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is one of the most common indoor pollutants, and a Korean study in 2012 not only found that children are more vulnerable to ETS exposure than adults are, but that childhood exposure to tobacco smoke is a major risk factor for atopic dermatitis.

Finally, research has only recently begun on so-called “thirdhand smoke,” which is the residue that’s deposited on indoor surfaces (like chairs, tables, floors, walls, TVs and clothes) over the years.  People – especially children – can come into contact with this toxic film on a daily basis, but its effect on allergies and longer-term impact on the body is not yet understood.


Measures against tobacco allergy

help for smoking allergies

While generally it’s a good idea to consider how to stop smoking before symptoms of tobacco allergy start presenting themselves, when you or family members do start experiencing symptoms medical consultation is recommended.  If the smoker directly exhibits smoking allergy symptoms, it may be possible to take countermeasures depending on the symptoms, however if tobacco allergy develops due to second-hand smoke, improvement may not be as straightforward.

Seeking everyday ways to prevent onset of symptoms is an important action for non-smokers to take when they share a smoking environment.  One of the easiest ways is to request that the smoker maintain a physical distance outside the home when smoking, and immediately wash their hands, face and other smoke-contaminated portions upon returning home.

Meanwhile, for non-smokers, an easy and effective way is to wear a surgical mask around home – especially if the smoker smokes indoors.  This helps to filter inhaled air and can dramatically cut down on many of the toxic substances in cigarettes from entering the body, while protecting the mucosa of the nose and throat.  Also, since chemical substances in your body accumulate in fat, it is a good idea to move your body more frequently from time to time to activate metabolism, promote fat burning and spur toxin emissions.  A simple way to get started is by taking a brisk walk and continuing for over 20 minutes.

Also, aim for a balanced diet with many vegetables and fruits.  Vitamins and minerals are indispensable to maintain the body’s immune function.  Also, as sleep deprivation causes fatigue and stress to accumulate, it leads to a constitution prone allergy.  Getting more than 6 hours of sleep per day is a good idea as a result.


Final word

Because smoking can exacerbate atopy and other allergies, it is better to look for ways to quit smoking – and then act not only for your health, but for the long-term health of others around you.  When tobacco allergy symptoms develop, it is better to stop sucking on smoke – once symptoms worsen, they may persist for a very long time.


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