Smoking Why You Need to Quit

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Smoking causes multiple health risks to you and those exposed to your smoke. It is also a nasty habit. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some of the other reasons why one should stop smoking in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable deaths in this country. Tobacco is toxic to your body. The nicotine in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco makes your body release adrenaline. Adrenaline causes your blood vessels to constrict and your heart to beat faster, which raises your blood pressure. This can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

The tars and other toxic substances in tobacco can cause cancer of the lung and other organs. Tars also damage the lungs, leading to emphysema. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide and other chemicals, such as DDT, arsenic and formaldehyde.

It seems hard to stop smoking because smoking causes changes in your body and in the way you act.

Youll have the best chance of stopping if you do these things:

Use a nicotine replacement.

Get support and encouragement. Tell your family and friends what kind of help you need.

Learn how to handle stress and the urge to smoke.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.