Smoking – maybe it’s time to quit

By; Preety Kaur- Staff Writer

Brittany Brooks- The Brock Press

Brittany Brooks- The Brock Press

Smoking is an addiction that is responsible for the decay of a person’s emotional and physical health. Once a person has started to smoke, the aftermath has a detrimental effect on the body, draining it of its prior health. Tobacco smoke happens to contain more than 7 000 chemicals. Smoking harms nearly every organ on the body and happens to be the leading cause of cancer and death from cancer. Not only that, but smoking is also responsible for many other health risks such as heart disease.

Smoking not only affects the person with a cigarette in their hands but also, everyone around them. Second-hand smoke is a combination of side-stream and mainstream smoke, i.e smoke that is given off by burning a cigarette and the smoke that is exhaled by the smoker. According to the National Cancer Institute, “The U.S. Surgeon General estimates that living with a smoker increases a nonsmoker’s chances of developing lung cancer by 20 to 30 percent. Exposure to second-hand smoke may increase the risk of heart disease by an estimated 25 to 30 percent.”

Quitting smoking definitely has substantial immediate health benefits for a smoker. Within a few weeks of quitting, blood circulation improves, blood pressure returns to normal as does one’s heart rate. On top of that, quitting smoking can improve one’s sense of smell and food will taste better.

There are many benefits to quitting cigarette smoking. You are not built of cigarettes and harmful chemicals but you are that person who is strong enough to quit and do better with their life. It is never an easy task when it comes to quitting an addiction, but with the right support system and willpower, quitting is possible. Going through multiple packs of cigarettes a day, feeling the need to light up at any time.

It always starts off small, a meaningless habit that you may have picked up at a party or from a friend. But it can very quickly have the power to consume your life. However, there are other ways of dealing with pain and falling into addiction should not be your way out.

It’s always possible to quit smoking and if you’re thinking about doing it I strongly encourage you to go for it. Those extra couple years that you can add on to you life by quitting will be worth it.

If you are looking to quit smoking, the student team at Brock Health Services can help. Check us out on facebook or email us at to see where we are and what we are doing.

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