It is barely over a month since new year resolutions were made and already they are being broken as fast as children’s Christmas toys. Seventy per cent of smokers say that they want to stop smoking and it is a safe bet that many resolved to do this, and equally certain that most will relapse. […]
Denial is a defensive coping mechanism for not facing up to the reality of nicotine drug addiction. There are over 40 chemicals found in cigarette smoke that are known carcinogens – that’s 40 good reasons to give up smoking now! Tobacco smoke is more dangerous to health than nicotine.
More than 4,000 compounds are found in cigarettes, and though it is the nicotine that causes addiction, these compounds do the bulk of the damage to the body
The human body builds a tolerance to nicotine and the effect of the drug is reduced over time. In 1988 the U.S. Surgeon General concluded that nicotine in tobacco is addictive. Nicotine addiction is similar to heroin or cocaine addiction.
Smoking is responsible for almost 90% of lung cancers amongst men, and more than 70% amongst women
As a radiation oncologist, I treat patients with lung cancer every day. One of them is a 31 year old woman now receiving palliative (temporizing) treatment for her widespread small cell lung cancer compressing blood vessels in her chest and making her very short of breath.