Presentation on theme: "Do you think smokers can quit smoking?"— Presentation transcript:
1 Do you think smokers can quit smoking? My Life MondayDo you think smokers can quit smoking?Well, it’s hard to say because it depends on the individual. Many people have a reason for smoking. Some say it’s relaxing; others say it’s a habit. Sometimes habits are difficult to break. So although there are many ways to stop smoking, a method that works for one person may not work at all for another.
2 What are cigarettes made up of ? Cigarettes contain about 4000 chemicals that are poisonous.As soon as a person puffs a cigarette. He/She is inhaling the following.These are the three main components of a cigarette.Nicotine: Is a powerful addictive drug that is poisonous and said to be usedas an insecticide.. The nicotine is absorbed in the blood cells. It increasesheart rate and blood pressure as well as slows blood circulation.Carbon Monoxide: is a poisonous gas that is carried in the blood instead ofoxygen. The reduction in oxygen reduces the hearts ability to pumpblood to the rest of the body and the brain. It causes problemswith growth and absorption of essential proteins.Tar: Every time a person smokes a cigarette about 70% of the tar itcontains is deposited in the lungs. The tar substances causescancer.
3 Smoking is harmfulHere are some of the health problems that smokers face:EyesPeople who smoke are likely to develop cataract. Smokingirritates the eyes and releases chemicals into the lungswhich is then transmitted to the eyes through the blood stream.TeethSmoking makes it easier for plaque to build up on theteeth. It also leads to increased tartar on teeth, followed bysore gums, bleed gums and ultimately teeth loss.ThroatSmoke irritates the throat and damages the vocal cords. Italso causes chronic coughs. Smoking eventually leads to throatcancerHeartNicotine mixed with carbon monoxide increases heart rate andblood pressure. It slows the blood flow and causes heart attack or astroke. Nicotine travels through the blood destroying body cells.
4 Smoking is harmful Lungs Smoking reduces the air that moves in and out of the lungs.The tar takes over the lungs and causes cancer. The risk of lungcancer depends on the number of cigarettes you smoke.StomachSmoking reduces resistance to bacteria leading to ulcers in thestomach or intestine. Smoking slows the healing process of ulcers.Physical fitnessSmoking leaves the person breathless and reduces stamina, making itdifficult to exercise.AppearanceForget about looking your best because smoking results in dryskin, wrinkles at an early age, bad breath and stained teeth.
5 Why do people smoke?Why do people smoke when they know that it is bad for them? Only a person who smokes can give you the actual answer but there are other reasons like the way cigarettes are advertised, peer pressure, curiosity, status or simply by parents setting an example.
6 A few good reasons to stop smoking… Can you think of any? Think of a few and see if your answers match.Smoking does not solve problems but creates a whole lot more.Less risk to cancer, heart attack, respiratory disease and other healthproblems.You save on buying cigarettes packs every day.Improved appearance and physical fitness.You live a longer, healthier life.Reduces body odour and bad breath.No more cigarette stains and odours in your home or car.Decreases the risk of an accidental fire.Does not affect other people, family or friends.There is no safe tobacco. All types whether a cigar, cigarette orpipe can lead to serious health problems.
7 Interested in quitting-Here are some tips Find out why you want to quit and establish a goal. Thequestion you want to ask yourself is whether you want toquit immediately or gradually. Set a date and don’t change it.You might want to get some help. Probably join a group program.Exercise will help to reinforce your commitment to good health.Avoid areas that prompt smoking. You can avoid sitting at a nosmoking area in a restaurant. Get rid of your ashtray andlighters.Find healthy substitutes. Chew gum and drink plenty of water tostop the craving.Make a list of reasons to stop smoking or use the previous slide.
8 If you do smoking, try quitting. If you don't smoke; don't start!If you do smoking, try quitting.Quitting is difficult but not impossible!