Tobacco naturally contains a substance called nicotine, which is, by itself addicting. The tobacco companies then add a variety of other chemicals intended to “enhance” the experience of smoking, and these chemicals cause problems as well. The nicotine, though, is what makes it very difficult (although not impossible) to quit. Smoking greatly increases the risk of getting lung cancer, having a heart attack, developing chronic lung disease, stroke, and many other cancers. Moreover, smoking is perhaps the most preventable cause of breathing (respiratory) diseases in the world.
Smoking damages extend beyond the smoker to family members, coworkers, and others who breathe the secondhand smoke, or passive smoke. Infants can develop chronic bronchitis and pneumonia when exposed to passive smoke in the home and in the car. Secondhand smoke also increases a child's chances for ear infections, causes coughing and wheezing, worsens asthma, and may contribute to an infant's risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
If a pregnant woman smokes, her unborn baby is at risk. She may miscarry, or deliver prematurely. Smoking while pregnant increases the chances of low birth weight, stillbirth, and infant death. In fact, it has been estimated that if all women quit smoking during pregnancy, about 4,000 new babies would not die each year.
Research has shown that non-smokers who live with someone who smokes have a great risk for developing lung cancer andsecondhand smoke also increases the risk of stroke and heart disease in non-smokers.One hundred percent of the humans born in this world are non-smokers. If both parents smoke, a teenager is more than twice as likely to smoke as a teenager whose parents are both nonsmokers. Even if only one parent smokes, young people are more likely to start smoking.
Smoking is an addiction. It is an activity that results in physical, psychological, and emotional dependence. Deciding to quit smoking is just the first step in making the changes needed to be free of the habit. Several forms of therapy are effective for supporting the process of quitting, including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Hypnotherapy.