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Cigarette Smoking

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What are the complications to smoking and why is it so difficult to quit?

Are e-cigs a better, safer, and healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes? Why or why not?

In your opinion, what is most effective mechanism to get smokers to stop smoking

Dec 3rd, 2014

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People start smoking for different reasons. They might think it will help calm their nerves, make them look more mature, or maybe at the time it just seemed sort of adventurous. Looking back, it was not the best choice. Many people really want to quit, but why is quitting so hard?

It is hard to quit smoking because the nicotine in cigarettes, cigars, and other tobacco products gets you hooked and keeps you hooked. Most people try as many as three times to quit before they are able to do so. Look at smoking cessation as a process instead of a one-time event. That way, if you do slip, you can focus on what you can do differently to prevent future slips and relapse. Don’t give up—you will get there.

You have probably heard a lot about how smoking is harmful, but here are some positive things you can look forward to when you do quit.

If you quit, you will:

  • Prolong your life
  • Improve your health
  • Feel healthier (Smoking can cause coughing, poor athletic ability, and sore throats.)
  • Look better (Smoking can cause face wrinkles, stained teeth, and dull skin.)
  • Improve your sense of taste and smell
  • Save money (Most smokers spend about $90 a month on cigarettes.)

Smoking increases complications for those who have diabetes.

While smoking can increase your chances of getting diabetes, it can also make managing diabetes more difficult for those who already have it. Smoking-related complications of diabetes could include retinopathy (eye disease), heart disease, stroke, vascular disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, and/or foot problems.


Are e-cigs a better, safer, and healthier alternative to smoking cigarettes? Why or why not?



Preventing Smoking

The majority of today's daily smokers began smoking before they were 18 years old.  But youth smoking can be prevented with the combined efforts of families, schools, communities and policy makers.

  • Parents can set a positive example for their children by not smoking themselves, and keeping their homes smoke-free.
  • Schools can provide tobacco prevention programs to educate students about the dangers of smoking.
  • States can pass legislation to increase taxes on tobacco products, pass and implement comprehensive smokefree indoor air laws, and limit minors' access to tobacco products.


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