Definition of Cigarettes
A cigarette is a small cylinder paper tube that is filled with finely cut tobacco leaves. Cigarettes come with or without filters that are meant to lessen the strength of the cigarette. When a cigarette is used it is lit at one end then the smoke is in hailed from the other end that is held to the mouth. Cigarette tobacco contains nicotine that causes the addictive effects, acting as a stimulant and relaxant. Cigarette users experience feelings of euphoria, clear-headedness and relaxation after inhaling a cigarette.
Health Effects of Cigarettes
There are many serious health effects due to cigarette use. This highly addictive substance has claimed approximately half of cigarette smokers due to diseases produced from its regular use. Cigarettes causes diseases affecting the heart, liver and lungs. Heart disease and cancers being the leading killers of cigarette smokers. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates 100 million deaths over the course of the 20th century due to cigarette smoking.
Cigarettes do not only have health effects on the one smoking them. Pregnant women who smoke cigarettes are putting their unborn children at risk of birth defects such as mental and physical disabilities. Second hand smoke is just as dangerous to the smoker as it is to others around them while they are smoking. Many who never smoked but were exposed to second hand smoke developed serious health issues such as heart disease and cancers.
Cigarette use is purely for recreational purposes. Smokers use cigarettes because of the addictive effects of nicotine. Many state that smoking a cigarette relaxes them and calms any anxiety they may have. Regular use of cigarettes often results in a physical and psychological dependency. Those who are addicted to cigarettes are unable to quit its use despite the knowledge of its negative health effects. When stopping the use of cigarettes the withdrawal symptoms often return them to smoke another for comfort.
Cigarettes are the most commonly used addictive substance world wide. Millions of people smoke cigarettes and nearly half of those have or will die as a result of diseases caused by cigarettes. In fact deaths due by cigarette smoking is viewed as preventable diseases if the individual never smoked or quit smoking.
When addicted to cigarettes the smoker is consumed by thoughts of its use. When they are given the opportunity to smoke they will, many inhaling an average of 20 cigarettes per day, some more, some less. When abruptly stopping the use of cigarettes the smoker will experience overwhelming cravings and withdrawal symptoms that send them back to smoke another for comfort.
Cigarette Withdrawal Symptoms
- increased appetite
- weight gain
- concentration problems
- depression or low mood
Cigarette Addiction Treatment
First action most cigarette smokers take in attempt to quit is cold turkey. They completely stop the use of cigarettes and are hit hard with cravings and withdrawal symptoms. While some are successful in quitting cold turkey others quickly relapse and return to cigarettes for relief.
Nicotine Patch or Gum
Nicotine Patches or Gum replaces the nicotine your body receives when smoking a cigarette. Using a patch or gum allows your body to slowly wean from the nicotine until any and all withdrawal symptoms and cravings have diminished.
Chantix is a fairly new prescription medication used in the treatment of cigarette addiction. The cigarette smoker begins taking the medication while still smoking, they will notice themselves with less interest in smoking while their mind and body is weaned of its use. The smoker chooses a quit date and stops smoking all together, typically within one to two weeks of starting the medication. When the smoker thinks or attempts to smoke the medication can cause them to feel physically ill, however these effects vary with each individual.
Hypnosis is another option to those looking to quit smoking. Trained psychotherapist preforms a hypnotic procedure on the patient. This procedure is said to take away the psychological craving for cigarettes and remove any physical withdrawal from the patient.