THE HORRIBLE VICE OF SMOKING

                          LIFE WITHOUT SMOKING IS MORE BEAUTIFUL

ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR DRUGS THAT AFFECT THE HUMAN MIND AND HEALTH IS NICOTINE.

NICOTINE IS A COLORLESS OILY COMPOUND.  IT IS THE DRUG THAT EXIST IN THE CIGARRETES AND CIGARS AND IS THE DRUG THAT PRODUCES ADDICTION IN THE SMOKER. IT IS THE FASTEST ADDICTIVE DRUG KNOWN TO SCIENCE. SOMETIMES ONLY ONE CIGARRETE IS ENOUGH  TO HOOK ANYONE. EACH PUFF OF CIGARRETE  SMOKE  TAKES TO THE BRAIN, THROUGH THE LUNGS, A SMALL DOSE OF NICOTINE. THIS SMALL DOSE ACTS FASTER THAN THE HEROINE DOSE INJECTED BY A HEROINE ADDICT. IF YOU INHALE 20 TIMES FOR EACH CIGARRETE, ONE CIGARRETE  PROVIDES YOU WITH 20 DOSES.

NICOTINE IS A RAPID ACTING DRUG. THE BLOOD LEVEL OF NICOTINE DIMINISHES APROXIMATELY TO A HALF IN 30 MINUTES AFTER YOU PUT DOWN THE CIGARRETE, AND TO A QUARTER AFTER ONE HOUR. THIS EXPLAINS WHY THE MAJORITY OF SMOKERS CONSUME ABOUT 20 CIGARRETES A DAY.

AS SOON AS THE SMOKER PUTS THE CIGARRETES OFF, OUR BODY STARTS TO GET RID OF THE NICOTINE. THE SMOKER  STARTS TO FEEL THE BOTHERING SYMPTOMS OF LACK OF THE SUBSTANCE. THAT IS THE WITHDRAWAL  THE SYMPTOMS OF ABSTINENCE INCLUDE IRRITABILITY, ANXIETY, SLEEPING PROLEMS, HEADACHE, LETARGY AND TREMORS. THE DESIRE TO SMOKE ONCE QUIT CAN LAST FOR MANY MONTHS AND THE ABSTINENCE SYMPTOMS FOR 4 TO 6 WEEKS. IN THE MAJORITY OF THE PATIENTS THERE IS SOME WEIGHT GAINING WHEN THEY QUIT SMOKING OF 10 TO 14 KG.

THESE SYMPTOMS DUE TO THE LACK OF NICOTINE ARE SO BENIGN THAT THE MAJORITY OF SMOKERS LIVE AND DIE WITHOUT KNOWING THAT THEY ARE DRUG ADDICTS. THE MAJORITY OF SMOKERS ARE HORRORIZED BY DRUGS, HOWEVER, THIS IS WHAT THEY ARE …DRUG ADDICTS.

IN REALITY THE PERSON THAT SMOKES, SMOKES TO ALLEVIATE THE ANXIETY PRODUCED BY THE LACK OF NICOTINE. THEY THINK THAT THEY SMOKE BECAUSE THEY LIKE IT, BECAUSE THEY FEEL RELAX OR BECAUSE THEY THINK THAT THEY RECEIVE SOME KIND OF STIMULUS . IT IS NOTHING BUT AN ILLUSION. THE ONLY THING THAT THEY RELIEF IS TO ALLEVIATE THE ANXIETY PRODUCED BY THE WITHDRAWAL OF NICOTINE.

INITIALLY SMOKING IS UTILIZED LIKE SOMETHING SOCIAL, TO GIVE A FINAL TOUCH TO OUR IMAGE. WE CAN KEEP DOING IT OR LEAVE IT. HOWEVER, THE CHAIN EFFECT IS GOING. THE MORE HOOKED WE ARE THE GREATER IS THE NECESSITY TO RELIEF THE WITHDRAWAL  SYMPTOMS AND WE BECOME MORE SLAVE OF THE CIGARRETES.

IF WE DO NOT QUIT SMOKING WE COULD HAVE TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES. SMOKING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT CAUSE OF MORBILITY AND EARLY PREVENTABLE DEATH IN DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. THOSE THAT SMOKE DIE 5 TO 8 YEARS BEFORE THOSE THAT DO NOT. THEY HAVE THE DOUBLE RISK OF MORTAL CARDIOPATHY.  THE SMOKER ALSO HAVE 10 TIMES THE DANGER OF PULMONARY CANCER, SEVERAL TIMES THE RISK OF MOUTH, THROAT, ESOPHAGUS, PANCREAS, KIDNEY, BLADDER AND UTERINE NECK CANCER. THE SMOKER HAS A FREQUENCY OF 2 TO 3 TIMES MORE PEPTIC ULCERS SINCE THIS ULCER HEALS WORST THAN THOSE OF NON SMOKERS. SMOKERS HAVE MORE RISK IN HAVING HIP, WRIST, AND VERTEBRAL FRACTURES. DEPENDENCY ON TOBACCO CAN HAVE ALSO A GENETIC COMPONENT.

THE SMOKERS HAVE A DETERIORATION OF THE SENSE OF SMELL AND TASTE AND IS RESPONSIBLE OF PREMATURE AGING AND FORMATION OF THE FACIAL WRINKLES OF THE SKIN. IT INCREASES THE RISK OF DEATH BY A MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION IN BOTH SEXES WITH CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE. IT ACELERATES THE PROCESS OF CAROTID ARTERY ARTERIOSCLEROSIS THAT LATER IN LIFE CAN CAUSE MASSIVE STROKES.

WHEN I WAS PRACTICING MEDICINE  IN THE VA  HOSPITAL AT DAYTON OHIO I TREATED MANY VETERANS PATIENTS THAT WERE SMOKING VICTIMS  WITH CHRONIC BRONCHITIS, AGRAVATED PULMONARY FUNCTION AND CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE WITH CHRONIC COUGH, SPUTUM PRODUCTION AND MANY ENDED WITH A TRACHEOSTOMY AND BEING RESPIRATORY CRIPPLES.

CIGARRETE SMOKING KILLS HALF A MILLION WOMEN EVERY YEAR . EXPERTS SAY THAT THE NUMBER S OF CANCER OF THE LUNG WILL BE MULTIPLIED BY 10. THERE IS NO HABIT AS DANGEROUS FOR WOMEN AS SMOKING. THE NEW STATISTICS OF THE ADDICTS TO THE NICOTINE  FORESEES THAT AN EPIDEMIC IS COMING. 15 YEARS FROM NOW THE PULMONARY EMPHYSEMA AND THE BRONCHITIS WILL BE THE THIRD CAUSE OF DEATH.

THE WOMEN THAT DO NOT SMOKE REMAIN MORE BEAUTIFUL AND THEIR LIFE IS MUCH LONGER. HALF OF THE WOMEN THAT TRY TO QUIT SMOKING FAIL BECAUSE THEY ARE AFRAID TO GAIN WEIGHT BUT THE WORST IS THAT THEY GET 20 YEARS OF SKIN AGING, BAD BREATH, DETERIORATION OF THE HAIR AND LOSS OF THE SENSE OF TASTE AND SMELL PROVOKED BY SMOKING.

FOR THE SAKE OF BEAUTY, OF PRESERVING YOUTH AND LONGEVITY WOMEN SHOULD QUIT THIS HORRIBLE VICE.

END OF THE STORY,

JP

 

 

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