Don’t Want To Spoil Your Spouse’s Birthday or Valentine’s Day? Quit Smoking

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A research conducted by the NHS Smoking Helpline found that smokers don’t make good lovers. 1000 people, aged 18 to 35, were interviewed in this research. 22% of them believed that non-smokers make better lovers. While 34% said that the risk of impotence in smokers makes them less attractive. 39% people constantly had arguments with their smoking partners for quitting smoking. 11% actually ended the relationship because their partner wouldn’t quit smoking. Over 78% people expressed their dislike for their partners smoking in bed. And, most smokers voiced their concern that their smoking habit put them in danger of impotence. This statistics, when Valentine’s Day is just round the corner, can make smokers change their perspective and consider quitting smoking.

Smoking is a practice in which a substance is burned and the resulting smoke breathed in to be tasted and absorbed into the bloodstream. Most commonly the substance is the dried leaves of the tobacco plant which have been rolled into a small square of rice paper to create a small, round cylinder called a “cigarette”.

Tobacco use has predominantly negative effects on human health and concern about health effects of tobacco has a long history. Research has focused primarily on cigarette tobacco smoking supported this fact many times.

Tobacco also contains nicotine, which is a highly addictive psychoactive drug. When tobacco is smoked, nicotine causes physical and psychological dependency. Cigarettes sold in underdeveloped countries tend to have higher tar content, and are less likely to be filtered, potentially increasing vulnerability to tobacco smoking related disease in these regions

Harmful effects of smoking

Effects of smoking on your heart

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 33% of deaths in the United States occur due to cardiovascular diseases. Smoking is a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases. Smoking also increases the risk of death from coronary heart diseases by up to 30%. Smoking increases blood pressure, decreases exercise tolerance and increases the tendency for blood to clot, all surmounting to heart attacks and strokes. Quitline Iowa, the statewide toll-free smoking cessation hotline, was quoted remarking, “When you express love in spouse’s birthday or give someone your heart on Valentine’s Day, make it a healthier heart by quitting smoking… express love smoke-less!”.

Other effects of smoking

Impotence and heart diseases are not the only reasons because of which smokers don’t make good lovers. Partners of smokers often get annoyed about the money being wasted on smoking cigarettes, which could have been spent on romantic getaways and other better things. Also the partners of smokers are turned off because of yellow teeth, smelly hair and bad breath, all signs of smoking. All in all, your smoking is completely capable to spoil your Valentine’s Day if you don’t do something about it. Make an effort to quit smoking this Valentine’s Day and give the gift of healthier heart to your lover. There are several resources that can help you to quit smoking without experiencing any nasty effects.

Quit smoking help

Smoking cessation (also known as quitting smoking) is the process of discontinuing tobacco smoking. Tobacco smoke contains nicotine, which is rewarding. Nicotine makes the process of quitting often very prolonged and difficult.

Perseverance

It is common for ex-smokers to have made a number of attempts (often using different approaches on each occasion) to stop smoking before achieving long-term abstinence. According to a recent survey from UNC over 74.7% of smokers attempt to quit without any assistance, otherwise known as “Cold Turkey”, or with home remedies. A recent study estimated that ex-smokers make between 6 and 30 attempts before successfully quitting.

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)

Five medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deliver nicotine in a form that does not involve the risks of smoking. NRTs are meant to be used for a short period of time and should be tapered down to a low dose before stopping. The five NRT medications, which in a Cochrane review increased the chances of stopping smoking by 50 to 70% compared to placebo or to no treatment, are: transdermal nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, sprays, and inhalers.

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Reduction

Gradual reduction involves slowly reducing one’s daily intake of nicotine. This can theoretically be accomplished through repeated changes to cigarettes with lower levels of nicotine, by gradually reducing the number of cigarettes smoked each day, or by smoking only a fraction of a cigarette on each occasion. A 2009 systematic review by researchers at the University of Birmingham found that gradual nicotine replacement therapy could be effective in smoking cessation. There is no significant difference in quit rates between smokers who quit by gradual reduction or abrupt cessation as measured by abstinence from smoking of at least six months from the quit day, suggesting that people who want to quit can choose between these two methods.

Is Clonidine Helpful?

Clonidine should be taken after prescribed by medical practitioner. It may reduce withdrawal symptoms and “approximately doubles abstinence rates when compared to a placebo,” but its side effects include dry mouth and sedation, and abruptly stopping the drug can cause high blood pressure and other side effects.

One Response to Don’t Want To Spoil Your Spouse’s Birthday or Valentine’s Day? Quit Smoking

  1. superdork says:

    Okay, for starters I’m 16 years old. I’m not sure if that is too young or not? But I’ve had a very complicated life. My earliest memories are of my moms first husband, I was probably around 2 or 3. He was sort of like a father figure. Our life was pretty normal. When I was around 7 or 8 years old they divorced. My sister, who was going into 6th grade at the time, was pretty much forced to be the baby sitter of my cousin and I while my mom and aunt went clubbing all the time. I remember my sister, my mom, and I moved around a lot. We lived with my aunt then with my grandma. My mom went through a lot of boyfriends and even picked up on some bad habits. Sooner or later my mom found a guy. They ended up getting engaged. We moved into a big house, my mom had her head on her shoulders, and life was great. This lasted for about 2yrs then we found out he was doing meth. So then my life went back downhill. We moved in with my aunt, then my grandma. The partying was back into full-effect. My mom then found another guy. I was entering middle school, so I was around age 11. I felt like this time they were going to last because they had gotten married, my mom had a good job, we had a nice house, everything was great. I couldn’t have asked for a better step-dad or better life. This lasted for 3yrs and they got a divorce. I felt like my mom would have learned her mistakes by now and it seemed like she did because she was handling responsibilities well. But after she lost her job we had to downsize from a trailer we bought. My mom then turned to partying again. My sister was old enough to do her own thing. So, I was left home alone. I think thats why I’ve developed a fear of being alone. I have anxiety over it. Now its back to living at my grandmas. I know it sounds like my mom needs the help, but I have a hard time, emotionally, because of all of this. On the outside it seems like I’ve got it in under control. However, I’ve turned to some bad habits. My family doesn’t know about them either (knock on wood). I smoke cigarettes, I smoke marijuana, and I get my hands on any alcohol. I’ve also tried becoming anorexic, but that doesn’t last long because I fail at everything. Even if I don’t cut myself, I still am hurting myself by those habits. More or less, I might need a therapist, because I can’t vent about a lot of stuff, even to my best friend because I’m scared of what she’ll think. I want an unbiased opinion. I don’t know what to do. Help me…

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