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No Life in a Puff of Smoke
Medical intervention can increase the rate of quitting smoking by 75 percent
Rupa Kharel (rupi)     Print Article 
Published 2006-05-28 14:58 (KST)   
One of the worst possible, but socially accepted, habits for any human being is cigarette smoking. As we know, smoking is rather injurious to our health, and yet we tolerate it.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), 11,000 people die daily around the world from cigarette-related diseases. In addition, it is estimated that approximately 40 percent of cigarette smokers die prematurely because of cigarette smoking.

A good question is "Why has cigarette smoking become so common among today's populace?" It is because of simple reasons like peer pressure and the need to appear "cool" in the eyes of others.

Also, the prevalence of media advertising promoting tobacco may be fueled by the emulation of others.

Why is it difficult to quit, once people are addicted to smoking? This is due to the presence of nicotine, a principal constituent of tobacco.

No matter what people do, they cannot escape this fact - smoking is injurious to health! It's not just smokers who are caught up in this net of death and disease, however, but also people in their surroundings.

Long-term exposure to environmental tobacco smoke increases the chance of lung cancer, asthma, respiratory disorders, and coronary heart disease, even among non-smokers. What this means is that someone else smokes, and others get a cigarette-related disease. Unfair, is it not?

Most cigarette smokers would like to give up smoking and do make multiple attempts to quit, but fail - yes, it is hard to stop smoking.

Those addicted to cigarette smoking are really addicted to nicotine, and through nicotine addiction therapy they may be able to quit smoking. Nicotine patches, nicotine nasal or oral inhalers, as well as a few specific anti-depressant medications can do this.

Medical intervention can increase the rate of quitting smoking by 75 percent, compared to quitting by the exercise of one's own willpower. A doctor's help is important in quitting smoking, but the most important thing is "support from others."

People need not only medication to be able to refrain from smoking but also encouragement from their friends, family, doctor, and society.
©2006 OhmyNews
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