Smoking is not good for anyone’s long term health but increasingly there is evidence that it can increase the risk of developing some neurological conditions eg Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as increase the rate of disease progression.
Smoking is bad for your general health – with increased risk of heart and lung disease, stroke & cancer and vascular disease.
The toxic chemicals constrict blood vessels, reducing the oxygen supply to cells, and cross into the brain tissue, further damaging areas already affected by inflammation, scarring or degeneration. Smoking effects relate to an increased autoimmune response and increased frequency and duration, of infections.
Quitting smoking may not be easy but there is help available. Speak to your GP and/or pharmacist about the medications available to help you quit. One of the first steps is to learn why you feel like you need to smoke. Once you understand why you smoke, you can prepare yourself to find the best ways to quit. https://smokefree.gov/quitting-smoking
- Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about quitting products or medications.
- Talk to a counsellor who can help you develop your own specific awareness and strategies that will fit into your lifestyle. Alternative stress management ideas will complement your willpower when changing any habit you use at the time of crisis.
- Get help from friends and family.
Q: I want to quit and have tried twice to quit, but eventually something bad happens and I start up again. How am I supposed to quit for good?
A: Knowing why you smoke, such as the positive experience it gives you at that moment of stress and dealing with the urges and cravings, are all essential elements to giving any habit up permanently.
Help comes in different forms; explore what can work for you. Speak to your GP or pharmacist.