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Smoking: A Deterrent to that Winning Smile

Smoking is dangerous to any person’s health. Almost all people already know this yet to them, quitting is a thing that they keep postponing. For those who are conscious about the way they look, showing that winning smile is a major thing for most people. But with smoking comes teeth stains – so what do you do when you smile and you see a yellow set of teeth flashing back at you?

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Foul Breath and Stained Teeth – What Causes Them?

There are some cigarette brands which contain more tar and nicotine than others. And if you happen to smoke any of these brands, well, good luck in achieving your Julia Roberts smile.

Remember that the higher the tar concentration is the more yellow your teeth will become and the more that your breath will stink. This is caused by the residual buildup, the same thing that is also happening inside your lungs. bad_breath

So if you become at risk for lung cancer due to tar residue, then you are, more often than not, unconfident because you already have yellowing teeth or the stinkiest breath in your office or home.

While there are now hundreds of teeth whitening brands in the market, it is still much better to give up smoking altogether. You do not just regain your winning smile when you do this, you also get to lower your risks of developing diseases caused by smoking. Stop Smoking - Benefits of Electronic Cigarette

Of course there are alternative treatments as well, such as e cigs or nicotine patches. The most important thing is to start somewhere, dont feel that you are stuck in your addiction and that quitting is an impossible goal.

Cessation: Some Weighty Issues

One in five American women smoke, and fear of gaining weight is a major reason why more women don’t quit smoking, according to a recent study.

In a survey of 587 women, researchers found that 75 percent of smokers would be unwilling to gain even five pounds if they quit smoking, and half said they would not tolerate any weight gain. In fact, many respondents said they started smoking in the first place in order to be slender.

Yet three-fourths of women who quit will gain less than 15 pounds. Women smokers tend to be more concerned with being very slim than nonsmokers.

The researchers explain that if women smokers are to succeed at quitting, they must focus on healthful eating, exercise, and working toward a realistic body image. Nicotine patches and gum, and drugs such as buproprion (Zyban), or non prescription weight loss pills also help.

Quit, You Won’t Regret It

You’re out with your friends when Jenna lights up a cigarette. You’ve already decided that you’re never going to smoke, and no one is pressuring you to join in. But you find yourself wondering if your friend’s smoke now circling your head could be bad for you.

Why do you feel stuffy-nosed and headachy, even a bit shaky? Could these symptoms be more than just annoying?

You’d better believe it! Second-hand smoke is made up of two different types of smoke: side-stream smoke–coming from the end of a lighted cigarette, pipe, or cigar–and mainstream smoke–exhaled by a smoker. Secondhand smoke is classified as a Group A or “known human carcinogen” (cancer-causing agent) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other health agencies in the United States and worldwide.

It has been linked to 3,000 lung cancer deaths a year in passive smokers, people who never actually smoked but were exposed to secondhand smoke. So your concern is justified: Secondhand smoke is definitely bad for you!

Turns out that the things that make secondhand smoke so unhealthy for involuntary smokers like you are the same ones that make it unhealthy for the smoker. Consider these facts:

  • Tobacco is the only legal substance that’s lethal when used as intended by the manufacturer.
  • Cigarette smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, including over 60 that are known to cause lung cancer.
  • Ninety percent of lung cancer deaths are linked to smoking.

smoking_015Is it any surprise, then, that the smoke produced by a burning cigarette is harmful to anyone who has it enter their lungs, voluntarily or involuntarily? In fact, many people have a physical reaction to secondhand smoke similar to the one they’d have if they were actually smoking (eye and nose irritation, coughing, shakiness, etc.).

This reaction is a result of inhaled carcinogenic chemicals, substances that are similar to the poisons found in the air around toxic waste dumps. These include formaldehyde and arsenic–you’re probably familiar with these from science class–plus nicotine from the tobacco, plus carbon monoxide, a by-product of the burning process. All in all, there’s not much in secondhand smoke that you’d want to inhale.

With studies linking second-hand smoke to lung cancer, nasal sinus cancer, respiratory tract infections, and heart disease, you might wonder just how much of it can be inhaled without harm. That’s a very good question. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Scientists have tested the saliva, blood, and urine of those exposed to secondhand smoke and found the presence of nicotine, carbon monoxide, and other products resulting from the breakdown of cigarette toxins in their body fluids. stub of cigarette

They’ve found that kids growing up in homes where one or both adults smoke are more likely to have recurrent ear infections, serious asthma, and upper-respiratory illnesses. Other studies have linked lung cancer and heart problems to secondary smoke. So the relationship between passive smoking and serious health conditions is proven (see the sites listed at the end of this article for details), but the cut-off point for safe exposure levels cannot yet be determined.

So what can you do? The best advice is to keep your distance from smokers. Since the more airflow around a smoker, the better, stay out of cars or other confined areas where a smoker is present. Some states and localities have enacted total no-smoking bans in restaurants and all public places. Many workplaces also have banned smoking indoors. Some employees tell researchers that the ban was the push they needed to quit.

How can governments and workplaces legally ban smoking? The winning argument has to do with–you guessed it–secondhand smoke risks. While cigarette smokers can smoke legally in some places, they do not have the right to impose a health risk to others. Many families are making their homes smoke-free zones by asking anyone smoking to step outside. Your school and the places you head to after school are also likely to have smoking bans.