The road to smoking addiction is very easy. It is made easy by the substance called nicotine that is present in all smoking products. Nicotine’s addictive pull is similar to cocaine and heroin. Ten seconds after taking in a lungful, the nicotine hits the brain and releases a sudden gush of glucose. Your body’s heart rate, respiration, and blood pressure shoot up. For some, one cigarette is all it takes to get addicted.
To say that it is harmful is a gross understatement. Smoking damages nearly all organs of the body leading to diseases, disorders, and even death. This is the reason that smoking is the world’s leading cause of preventable death.
Smoking Facts in Australia
The tobacco industry spends billions of dollars each year to promote smoking via market ads; masking its harmful effects by using highly influential personalities and platforms such as video games and movies. Once hooked, it is often difficult to quit. This is also applicable for ‘smokeless’ forms of tobacco such as chewing tobacco, betel quid, and snuff.
Here’s looking at a few of the hard facts on smoking in Australia:
E-cigarette and other high-tech, trendy electronic "vaping" gadgets are a newer influence on tobacco use. Such devices often considered harmless and easy to obtain, are making it for new users especially teenagers, to learn how to inhale and become hooked to nicotine. Just because E-cigarettes and e-liquids have become popular in recent years doesn’t mean they are safe. Swallowing or accidentally spilling e-liquid on the skin or in the eyes can potentially result in nicotine toxicity.
The Smoking Chain of Addiction
One must acknowledge that he/she has an addiction to smoking before effective treatment can be implemented. Symptoms include:
Smoking addiction is harder to detect compared to other types of addiction mainly because tobacco can be acquired legally, easily purchased and can be publicly used.
Seeking Help from Smoking Addiction
The addiction to smoking is multi-layered and complicated and goes beyond just the physical effects. Even light smokers (aka social smokers) run a risk for serious health problems. When you quit smoking completely, you increase your chances of improving your cardiovascular almost immediately. Your risk is reduced in half in just one year after quitting and will continue to improve over time. The earlier you quit, you increase your chances of recovering and live longer compared to those kept the habit.
If you’re trying to quit smoking, congratulations on taking the first big step. Smoking addiction can be managed with proper therapy. You need to be aware that tobacco addicts have high relapse levels. Continuous support and a longer treatment period, as well as a change in the work/home/social environment, may prevent future relapses.
The Arden Centre has a well-equipped centre to provide you with the professional care and support to get you through this addiction. Our highly trained personnel will assist you towards both physical, emotional, and mental recovery.
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