Anti aging guide

Smoking and Atherosclerosis



How smoking could contribute to angina and heart disease

You already know that cigarette smoking is a risk factor for atherosclerosis, contributing to angina, heart attacks, stroke and other problems with circulation. It does, of course, increase the risk of many other illnesses such as cancer, skin aging and lung infections.

Statistics show that over half of smokers don’t reach the age of 65. Not only this, but the number of people who die from smoking-related illnesses in the UK is equivalent to a large jet crashing every day.

If you want to stop smoking, nicotine replacement products are a reasonable starting point but you need to be careful not to swap smoking a cigarette for taking nicotine in other forms. The purpose of nicotine replacement is to wean you slowly off cigarettes and nicotine.

Herbal supplements which have been tried for kicking the habit include lemon, eucalyptus, dandelion and rosemary, all used as infusions or through formal aromatherapy sessions.

Other complementary therapies are used by an increasing number of smokers who want to stop. These are:

  • Relaxation
  • Yoga or tai chi
  • Meditation
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional modification

Five ways to help you stop or reduce smoking

  1. Hold the cigarette in your hand for as long as possible before lighting up, or hold a cigarette imitator.
  2. Smoke the cigarette only half-way through and then throw it away.
  3. To reduce cravings, take deep breaths, go for a walk in the fresh air, drink extra quantities of water or fruit juice, suck a low sugar mint, brush your teeth using strong-scented toothpaste.
  4. Try not to inhale every single time.
  5. Use (but not abuse) a nicotine replacement treatment.
Posted by Carol Hudgens - March 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm