What are the risks?
If you have had a stroke, smoking increases your risk of death, so the more you smoke, the higher your risk of stroke.
If you smoke 10 cigarettes a day, you are 5 times more likely to have a stroke than a non-smoker.
Tobacco or smoking causes the blood to thicken, there is a risk of blood clots, the arteries constrict, and the body does not get enough oxygen so increases the risk of serious diseases such as stroke, attack, and cancer.
What are the effects of smoking?
More than 30% of people in India smoke. More than 150000 people die of smoking-related diseases in India every year.
These include diseases such as stroke, heart attacks, and cancer.
How smoking causes a stroke? Tobacco and cigarettes contain many toxic chemicals such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, arsenic, and cyanide.
These chemicals are transferred to your lungs through the circulation of blood, which damages all the cells in your body.
These chemicals increase the risk of stroke due to the changes that take place in your body.
Cigarette smoke affects your body’s cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is an important substance in your body, but if cholesterol builds up in your blood, it can cause strokes and heart disease.
Smoking lowers the level of good cholesterol (also called HDL) in your blood and increases the level of bad cholesterol (also called LDL).
Low levels of good cholesterol in your body increase your risk of stroke.
Carbon monoxide and nicotine enter your bloodstream when you smoke.
Carbon monoxide lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood and nicotine speeds up your heart rate and raises blood pressure. This increases your risk of stroke.
The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause your cells to shrink. So blood clots start and you feel tired.
If the blood supply to the brain is increased, the risk of ischemic stroke also increases
Smokers are at risk for atherosclerosis so that the arteries become narrowed and hardened. This reduces blood flow so blood clots are more likely to form.
If their clot occurs in an artery that circulates blood to the brain, it causes a stroke.
Smokers are more likely to develop high blood pressure, which increases the risk of stroke.
Smoking is especially dangerous for people who already have a patient with high blood pressure, as high blood pressure damages the arteries.
If you have high blood pressure and smoke, your health will deteriorate faster and your risk of stroke will increase significantly.
Why should you stop smoking?
If you stop smoking, you will decrease the risk of stroke, health will be good, as will protection against fatal diseases.
If you or your family member has had a stroke, quit smoking today because stroke is a hereditary disease and the risk of having a second stroke increases by 70%.
What are the benefits of quitting smoking?
Quitting smoking normalizes the level of oxygen in your body and also lowers the levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine which are beneficial for your health.
- Quitting smoking improves your taste and sense of smell.
- Quitting smoking can breathing becomes easier and your energy levels go up.
- Quitting smoking improves your blood circulation, and the efficiency of your lungs improves 10%.
- Quitting smoking halves the risk of a heart attack in just six months compared to smokers.
- Quitting smoking reduces your chances of getting cancer.
- Quitting smoking can save you a lot of money.
How to quit smoking
Currently, it is easy if you want to quit smoking. There is an organization in England called NHS. That helps you quit smoking for free.
Which informs you periodically through social media, email, and telephonic. Following this informs will help you quit smoking.
The NHS provides its services in Scotland, Wales, and Ireland.
Nicotine is very addictive and smoking is so automated that people have to seek help from others to stop smoking.
Research shows that if you get someone to support you when you quit smoking, your chances of quitting are 4 times higher.
Many people try to quit smoking but they do not succeed. They do not need to worry. They should continue their efforts.
Quitting smoking causes symptoms such as cravings, restlessness, and irritability, lack of focus, insomnia, and loss of appetite.
But these symptoms are temporary and usually disappear in a few days.
Many people think that quitting smoking will lead to weight gain. But, many people give up thinking that they will gain weight.
If you use the right drugs and e-cigarettes, you will be able to cope with cravings. This will help you avoid extra breakfast.
If you feel like having breakfast, keep almonds, fresh fruits and eat them. Do a little exercise every day, and do yoga that will reduce your cravings.
If you have to quit smoking but have problems, get help from the NHS team or your family doctor.
Medication to stop-smoking
There are currently many types of medications that can help you quit smoking. Such as
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) including patches, gum, micro tabs, inhalators, and nasal sprays
Champix tablets (varenicline)
Zyban tablets (bupropion)
Talk to your doctor and follow which of the above methods is more beneficial to you.