The essence of substance dependence is the "loss of control of substance use"
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Smoking damages your body slowly but steadily
Despite the decline in prevalence of smoking, this habit remains the behavioural risk factor responsible for the highest levels of preventable disease and premature death. Cigarette smoke contains over 4,000 chemicals such as carbon monoxide, nicotine and cyanide.
Tobacco causes long-term damage to your body, this is the most documented fact and the most entirely ignored by smokers.
Smoking during pregnancy is considered to be the biggest contributing factor to the development of complications during a pregnancy2. Cigarette smoke contains thousands of chemicals. Tobacco causes long-term damage to the lungs, brain and blood of an unborn child and can cause pregnancy emergencies in the mother, by reducing the amount of essential oxygen and nutrients an unborn baby needs for healthy physical and mental development.
Consciously or subconsciously your children are more likely to reproduce the smoking pattern
Have you ever heard someone say” My mother was a smoker, I hated it, then (I went overseas, I started work etc) and I started smoking, don’t know why”. The explanation can often be found in subconscious associations: At times the baby registers the mother’s cigarette smell on her clothes as comforting, or the child links it to happy family memories. Most often these associations are based on the fulfilment of important needs i.e., security, comfort, love. These associations are likely to lead the children on the smokers ‘path.
Passive smoking can impact the loved ones around you
The benefits to your health begin
the minute you stop smoking
Blood pressure and normal pulse return to normal
Your circulation improves
Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels fall
Oxygen in your blood returns to normal
Your lungs begin to work better
Carbon monoxide removed from your body
Your sense of taste and your sense of smell improves
Nicotine removed from your body
Breathing becomes easier
Your energy levels increase
Withdrawal symptoms are easing
Walking and daily tasks become easier to do
Withdrawal symptoms have stopped
Breathing and energy levels continue to improve
Risk of heart attack, cancer and other "smoking" diseases begin to fall