May 17, 2019
Posted by: cbtkeadmin
Don’t let tobacco addiction control your life – CBT Kenya
Cigarette smoking is the most popular method of using tobacco; however, many people also use smokeless tobacco products, such as snuff and chewing tobacco. There are more than 4,000 chemicals found in the smoke of tobacco products. The changes in your body are caused by an addiction to nicotine. That’s the main ingredient in tobacco products.
It’s no secret that smoking or chewing tobacco is dangerous for your health. Many people try to quit and are successful. Still, many others try to quit and fail. When tobacco is smoked, nicotine rapidly reaches peak levels in the bloodstream and enters the brain. Don’t let anyone or anything convince you that it’s okay to smoke or chew.
Health effects of tobacco
Smoking causes discolouration of teeth and some argue that tobacco, in fact, might increase dental decay as it lowers salivary pH and the buffering power.
- Maternal smoking during pregnancy has long been considered an important risk factor for LBW. Birth weight decreases in direct proportion to the number of cigarettes smoked.
- Cigarette smoking causes cancers of the lung, oesophagus, larynx, oral cavity, bladder, and pancreas in male and female smokers.
- Secondhand smoke is a known cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), respiratory problems, ear infections, and asthma attacks in infants and children.
- Secondhand smoke in the home environment can slow the lung growth of exposed children. Older children whose parents smoke get bronchitis and pneumonia more often than the children of nonsmokers.
- Smoking just a few cigarettes a day is bad for your health. Once you start smoking, it’s hard to stop.
- Chewing tobacco can cause sores and white patches in your mouth. Also, it can cause diseases and cancers of the mouth, gums, and throat. It can give you bad breath, discolour your teeth, and cause tooth loss.
You can quit smoking
Quitting smoking is not a single event that happens on one day; it is a journey. By quitting, you will improve your health and the quality and duration of your life, as well as the lives of those around you.
- Tell your friends that you’re quitting. Ask them not to pressure you about quitting. Find other things to do with them besides smoking or using chewing tobacco.
- Make a list of the reasons why you want to quit. Keep the list on hand so you can look at it when you have a nicotine craving.
- Some prescription medicines help people stop smoking. These medicines do not contain nicotine but help you resist your urges to smoke. Ask your doctor for his or her recommendation.
- Reward yourself for stopping. For example, with the money, you save by not buying tobacco products, buy yourself something special.
- You may have a habit of using tobacco to relax during stressful times. Luckily, there are good ways to manage stress without smoking or chewing. Relax by taking a hot bath, going for a walk, or breathing slowly and deeply.
- Seek behavioural support. Trying counselling services, self-help materials, and support services can help you to get through this time. As your physical symptoms get better over time, so will your emotional ones. Behavioural support can range from written information and advice to group therapy or individual counselling in person, by phone or online.
CBT Kenya offers some of the best counselling services in Kenya. You may find it difficult to share your tobacco addiction with friends or family. CBT Kenya is here and ready to listen to you. Give our counsellors a call on 0739 935 333 or 0756 454 585 for any inquires. You can also visit our website to see other services that we offer.