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61% of daily and occasional smokers say they are seriously considering quitting in the next six months.

95% of all teenage smokers think they’ll have quit within five years, but only 25% succeeded, eight years later.

Anti-Smoking Project

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Why is using tobacco so addictive?

There are a number of factors that drive a smoker’s need to smoke:

Brain chemistry: Nicotine is a very powerful drug that affects mood, focus and thinking. In seven seconds, a puff of nicotine begins to calm a smoker’s brain. The brain gets used to hundreds of nicotine ‘hits’ each day – one with each puff.

Behavioural conditioning: Smoking is driven by stimulus-response behaviour; for example, the smell of a cigarette or a cup of coffee automatically producing a strong urge to smoke. A lot of smoking is done automatically, without thinking about it.

Psychology: Smokers often feel they need a cigarette to feel right or to think clearly. People with a family history of depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder and other conditions may have a harder time stopping smoking.

Social Aspects: Smoking is a social ritual for many people, shared with family, friends or co-workers. When other people light up, it is often natural for the smoker to join them.

Other Benefits of Quitting

Other benefits of quitting

Although reducing your chances of premature death and illness is important, they aren't the only benefits of quitting smoking.

* You’ll be in control – cigarettes will no longer control you or your lifestyle. Your self-image and self-confidence will improve. You'll feel proud of your ability to overcome something so challenging.
* You will have more energy to do the things you love.

And then, of course, the other stuff:

* Your smoking will no longer be a bad influence on younger children (including your brothers and sisters).
* Think of the money you will save by not buying tobacco, lighters, ashtrays, matches and so on.
* You will look and feel younger. Smokers are more likely to wrinkle at an earlier age and have deeper wrinkles.
* Your clothes may last longer (no chance of accidentally burning a hole).
* Quitting smoking reduces bad breath. Many people don’t like kissing smokers because of the smell.
* No more nagging from people asking when you’re going to quit.
* No more yellow teeth or fingers or bad breath.
* Regardless of your sport or activity, your performance, endurance and ability to play the game will improve after you quit smoking.
* No need to worry about which restaurant you go to or whether you can smoke in a particular place.
* No more looks of disapproval or feelings of guilt.

Health Benefits when you quit!

For the vast majority of smokers, quitting smoking is the single best thing they can do to improve the length and quality of their lives.

The health benefits of quitting occur for all types of tobacco users, men and women, young and old. Even those who already have smoking-related problems such as heart disease can benefit.

When you give up tobacco, your body starts to renew itself as early as the first day of quitting.

After 8 hours:

* Carbon monoxide in your body drops
* Oxygen level in your blood increases to normal

After 2 days:

* You sense of smell and taste will improve. You will enjoy your food more.
* Your risk of heart attack begins to decrease.

After 3 – 4 days:

* Bronchial tubes relax and your lung capacity will have increased, making breathing easier.

After 2 weeks:

* Blood flow improves; nicotine has passed from your body

Within 2 weeks to 3 months:

* Circulation will improve, making walking and running easier; lung functioning increases up to 30%

Within 6 to 9 months:

* You’ll experience less coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath

After 1 year:

* Your risk of heart disease will be about half of what it would have been if you continued to smoke

After 5 years:

* Your risk of stroke will be substantially reduced; within 5 to 15 years after quitting, it becomes about the same as a non-smokers.

After 10 years:

* Your risk of dying from lung cancer will be about half of what it would have been if you had continued to smoke.
* Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas will also decrease.

Within 15 years:

* Your risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked.

Copyright: Vedran Gaspar 2005