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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 480,000 people die due to cigarette smoking each year in the United States, which means that nearly 1 in 5 deaths is caused by smoking. Smoking is one of the worst habits you can pick up as it leads to a number of diseases and has a negative effect on nearly every organ in the human body. If you have already picked up the smoking habit, it can be extremely difficult to quit. However, once you realize all the ill effects smoking has on your health, you may be convinced to take measures to quit as soon as possible.

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The Effects of Smoking on Your Health

With over 600 ingredients, cigarettes have many of the same detrimental ingredients as cigars and hookahs and can generate more than 7,000 chemicals as they as smoked. These chemicals can be very poisonous and many of them are linked to cancer. Though you may not feel these long-term effects until it’s much too late, there are also plenty of immediate negative effects of smoking.

Immediate Effects of Smoking

  • Bad breath – Anyone who has been around a smoker knows they have chronically bad breath. Not only does smoking cause bad breath, but it can also affect the way food tastes which can hamper appetite. Longer term oral implications include tooth yellowing and tooth loss and gum damage.
  • Cost – A pack a day habit costs an average of $3,600 a year. If you smoke more than that, the cost continues to go up. As a deterrent against smoking, prices are regularly hiked on tobacco products.
  • Effect on those near you – While secondhand smoke damage is a longer-term effect on those you smoke around, immediate effects can be allergies, congestions, and a generally unpleasant environment. You may find that friends and family members make excuses not to be around you the more you smoke.

Long Term Effects of Smoking

  • Cancer – Those who smoked have an increased risk of lung cancer. 90 percent of lung cancer cases are attributed to smoking. In addition to lung cancer, smokers are also at an increased risk of cancer of the lips, mouth, kidney, bladder, liver, stomach, cervix, breast, and throat.
  • Heart disease – Stroke and heart disease are both heavily affected by smoking. In fact, those who smoke are twice as likely to suffer a heart attack than their non-smoking counterparts. Why? Smoke damages the arteries and can cause them to constrict. It can also cause cholesterol to build up and block vessels, which can then lead to a cardiovascular incident.
  • Aging – Those who smoke tend to look much older than those of the same age who have never smoked. Smoking damages the skin, hair, and teeth and can cause loss of collagen and elastin. Smoking also has tar and nicotine, both of which can damage the skin and cause it to take on a yellow tint. Smoking also dries the skin, which is a major cause of premature aging.
  • Loss of sight – Many people don’t realize that your chances of going blind are doubled when you smoke. The tissues of the eyes are incredibly delicate and sensitive to the poisonous ingredients in cigarette smoke. This can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Even if you don’t completely lose your sight, you could experience a steady decline in your vision.
  • Breathing problems – For those lucky enough not to develop lung cancer due to smoking, other breathing problems almost always occur. Smoking can significantly worsen asthma and permanently damage your airway. It can also exacerbate allergies and could also lead to emphysema.
  • Bone strength – Those who smoke are more likely to develop brittle bones or bone loss and can more easily develop osteoporosis. The chemicals in cigarettes affect how the bones are constructed and can also negatively affect hormonal balance—another key component in strong and healthy bones.
  • Early menopause – The effect on hormones can trigger early menopause in female smokers. Early menopause is not only life-altering, but it can also trigger diseases such as breast cancer.
  • Impotence – Even sexual health is affected by smoking. For men who are regular smokers, the chances of impotence dramatically increase due to the narrowing of the blood vessels that lead to an erection. Men between the ages of 40 and 79 who smoke are also more likely to experience erectile dysfunction, which is chronic impotence. This can have severe consequences on self-esteem and relationships of the smoker.

Secondhand Smoke and Its Dangers

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If the above is not enough to scare you into quitting smoking, think of the others in your life. Secondhand smoke affects all those who are around you on a regular basis and can be especially harmful to children. Some studies link secondhand smoke to SIDS or crib death, while others attribute many cases of asthma or childhood allergies to parents who smoke around their young children. In the most severe cases, secondhand smoke can lead to lung cancer and death in those who are exposed to it on a regular basis.

Smoking has a severe impact on the person with the habit as well as those who are close to him or her. Though more laws are being enacted to prevent smoking in public places, smoking is still a huge health concern and millions of people continue to be addicted to the drug.

Quit Smoking Now

Do you have a smoking habit? Have you tried everything you can think of to quit and to no avail? The nicotine in smoking is quite addictive, and once you have developed the habit, it can be very tough to stop. That’s why you should not go at it alone. By visiting us, EZCare Clinic, a walk-in clinic in San Francisco, you can consult with a medical professional who can advise you on the best ways to stop smoking. He or she may recommend nicotine patches, hypnotism, behavioral therapy, or other methods to help you finally break the habit once and for all. If you are a smoker, do yourself and your loved one a favor and find a way to stop today. Call us today to find out how we can help.


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Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of death in America today. Tobacco smoke contains a deadly mix of more than 7,000 chemicals; hundreds are harmful, and about 70 can cause cancer (cdc.gov, 2017). It’s no wonder that people who commit to smoking cessation greatly reduce their risk of disease and early death. While those who quit early in life see the largest health improvement, there are benefits at any age. Pursuing smoking cessation at EZCare Clinic in San Francisco is a great way to get started on your path to a healthier life.

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Within two weeks of smoking cessation, your body starts to repair the damage of tobacco use. You can expect your sense of taste and smell to return and it becomes much easier to breathe. You may find your energy levels rise as your circulation returns to normal and your blood pressure decreases.

Smoking cessation can lower the chance of many long-term health risks. Within two years of quitting, you will have a decreased risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and vascular disease. You’ll also reduce respiratory symptoms, such as coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. For women, you reduce the risk of infertility and reduce the risk of having a low birth weight baby. Pursuing smoking cessation at EZ Care Clinic may be the easiest way to greatly improve your health over your lifetime.

While the health benefits of smoking cessation are obvious, it’s not so easy to quit. Those who smoke regularly may have acquired a nicotine addiction. Research suggests that nicotine may be as addictive as heroin, cocaine, or alcohol. Those who quit without any assistance may find themselves with a whole host of withdrawal symptoms.

Quitting ‘cold-turkey’ can leave you feeling irritable, angry, or anxious. The constant craving your body will have for nicotine can make thinking more difficult. As your sense of taste returns so does a normal appetite. Many people gain weight during smoking cessation. Don’t go it alone. By talking to a doctor about smoking cessation at EZCare Clinic, you can develop a plan to keep you off tobacco.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy

One way you can greatly increase your chances of smoking cessation is by the use of nicotine replacement therapy. Those who participate in nicotine replacement therapy are twice as likely to succeed at smoking cessation than those who attempt to quit ‘cold-turkey’. Nicotine replacement therapy, or NRT, is the use of patches, gum or inhalers to supply a low dose of nicotine in order to curb cravings. By using an NRT replacement instead of tobacco, you avoid the thousands of deadly chemicals that are associated with traditional smoking.

That is not to say that NRT will remove all the withdrawal symptoms associated with nicotine. You may still have withdrawal symptoms or cravings while using NRT (smokefree.gov, 2015). Depending on how much you smoked per day before attempting smoking cessation, you may find yourself needing more doses of nicotine in order to curve cravings. The higher the dose the longer it will take for your body to wean itself off of the addiction.

Nicotine Patches

Nicotine patches can be bought without a prescription and can be found over the counter at most pharmacies. All nicotine patches are used in similar ways. A patient will wear a single patch a day in order to lessen the effects of nicotine withdrawal. A will need to be placed on a hairless part of the body to ensure that full contact is made with the skin. Those who smoke less than ten cigarettes a day should start with a lower dose patch to ensure that the amount of nicotine in the body is being reduced. Nicotine patches are a great first step for smoking cessation.

Nicotine Gum or Lozenges

Nicotine gum or lozenges can also be bought without a prescription. Some patients prefer nicotine gum or lozenges because they can control the nicotine dose. Nicotine gum and lozenges are typically taken when you feel the onset of craving and take 15 minutes to take full effect. You should always read the instructions given with each gum or lozenge to ensure that you do not overdose on nicotine inadvertently. Gums and lozenges are perfect for smoking cessation in California.

Nicotine Inhalers or Nicotine Nasal Spray

Nicotine inhalers and nasal sprays require a prescription in the United States. Nicotine inhalers are quick-acting and require less time than gum or patches to curb cravings. Nicotine nasal spray can give a quick dose of nicotine to satisfy a craving you are unable to ignore. However, the spray can irritate the nose, eyes, and throat. These side effects often go away in a few days. Inhalers and nasal sprays are great tools to use for smoking cessation.

All nicotine products may cause side effects. Users might feel nausea or other digestive problems, and headaches are common (medlineplus.gov, 2017). Symptoms are more likely when you use very high doses.

In addition, it’s important to follow NRT product directions carefully. Some NRT products work better if they are not used at the same time as high-acid drinks, such as sodas and fruit juices. It is safe to continue using NRT even if you slip and smoke one or two cigarettes, but continued use of tobacco while on NRT can cause nicotine to build up to toxic levels. A consistent cycle of NRT may help you stop smoking. Talking to a doctor about smoking cessation at EZCare Clinic can help you navigate nicotine replacement therapy and increase your chances of successfully quitting.

If you are ready to stop smoking, make an appointment for a consultation at EZCare Clinic. We can help you stop smoking today; schedule your appointment online.


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In 1965 before the health risks were well understood, over 40 percent of adult Americans smoked cigarettes. While continued research, warnings, and regulations have decreased these numbers significantly, there are still 36.5 million adults in the U.S. who regularly smoke and more than 16 million people in the United States live with a smoking-related disease.

Smoking remains one of the biggest preventable risk factors in developing a number of chronic or fatal diseases. If you have a smoking habit, it’s likely that you’ve tried to quit in the past and failed. Smoking is highly addictive and the physical and emotional connection smokers feel to their habit can be extremely difficult to break. However, it is possible to quit and 1.3 million smokers manage to do so each year. Here are five reasons why you should stop smoking today.

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Reasons to Stop Smoking

For your Health

Smoking cigarettes harm overall health and is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Smoking causes cancers of the mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, stomach, lung, and esophagus and is also a cause of acute myeloid leukemia. Smoking also leads to heart disease, stroke, emphysema, and COPD. An estimated 438,000 people in the United States will die each year because of smoking cigarettes and millions more will live with chronic diseases that impact their quality of life. Nicotine addiction caused by smoking can also lead to long-term chemical changes in the brain that are similar to what is seen in heroin or cocaine addicts.

Fortunately, many of the health risks of smoking begin improving soon after you quit. If you quit at age 30, your chance of dying from a disease caused by smoking is reduced by 90 percent. If you quit at age 30, your chance is reduced by 50 percent. As soon as you quit, you will notice you start breathing easier, have more energy, and feel healthier overall. These health benefits will continue to improve the longer you remain a non-smoker.

For your Bank Account

Smoking is not an inexpensive habit and it continues to get more expensive as the government increases taxes on tobacco and the price of cigarettes rises. If you smoke a pack a day, you probably spend more than $15,000 a year on cigarettes. To determine how much you personally spend on smoking, keep track of what you spend in a week and then multiply it by 52. You may be surprised to see what an impact it has on your finances.

In addition to the hard costs of the drug, you will also pay more for health and life insurance if you are a smoker and will likely face more health care costs when you have smoking-related illnesses.

For your Appearance

Smoking is a dirty habit and it has numerous negative effects on your appearance. When you smoke, it makes your breath, hair, and clothes smell bad, stains your teeth and causes your fingers and fingernails to appear yellow. Smoking can also lead to tooth loss and is a leading cause of premature wrinkling of the skin. Researchers have also found a correlation between smoking and gray hair due to chemicals in cigarettes damaging the hair follicles and blood vessels that supply them. Not only does smoking increase your chances of prematurely gray hair, but it also makes hair more brittle and dull. When you quit, many of these physical signs will improve within a couple of weeks.

For Those You Love

Smoking not only hurts you, but it also has a negative impact on those closest to you. Babies of smoking mothers have a higher chance of developing asthma and smoking is linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and low birth weight. Children raised in a smoking household have higher percentages of colds, ear infections, breathing problems, and bronchitis. Smoke can also cause nausea, eye irritation, and headaches in those individuals exposed to it.

Smoking parents also set a precedent for their children. Studies have shown that children of smokers are almost twice as likely to become smokers themselves. If you won’t stop smoking for yourself, think about those you love the most and what it would mean for them if you stopped the habit today.

For your Career

Smokers tend to take four or more smoke breaks a day, which can amount to an hour or more of time they do not spend working. Smokers are also more likely to call in sick to work. Employers are likely to consider smoking when evaluating employees for promotions or raises. Non-smokers are also 25 percent more likely to find a job than their smoking counterparts.

Ways to Stop Smoking

There are a number of stop smoking aids available that can help you kick the habit today. When you work with a stop smoking professional, they may suggest one or more of the following:

Lifestyle changes

Changing habits is very important in the smoking cessation process. Sugar-free gum or candies, aromatherapy, devices to fidget with, and reducing everyday temptation by avoiding places where others smoke are just a few adjustments a smoker can make to increase their odds of quitting.

Stop smoking hypnosis

Hypnosis can be a powerful tool to help change the way you think about smoking and to address deep-seated connections to cigarettes. If you choose to pursue hypnosis, make sure you choose a professional who has experience in smoking cessation for the best results.

Behavioral counseling

Teaching a smoker on how to change habits and thoughts is an important part of the stop smoking process. Quitting can be very difficult emotionally as well as physically and can lead to overpowering cravings, anxiety, and depression. A trained counselor may suggest nicotine patches or gum help with immediate cravings while he or she works with you to change your thought patterns and behaviors.

Smoking is a habit that has hundreds of negative consequences. Those who smoke are less healthy, spend more money, and put their loved ones at risk. Quitting smoking is not an easy process, but it is well worth it. If you have questions about how to stop smoking or would like to speak with a trained smoking cessation professional, please reach out today.

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