Chewing and smoking tobacco is commonly practiced worldwide .Many get addicted to cigarette smoking .The use of Tobacco , either by chewing or smoking can lead to increased risk of various health hazards.There are more than 4000 harmful chemicals present in tobacco smoke like nicotine , tar , formaldehyde , benzene , carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide. Due to its high content of nicotine, tobacco becomes addictive .Once a person gets addicted to chewing or smoking tobacco then it is very difficult to give up .The trigger factors are stress , waking up, after a meal , when angry or in the company of certain people e.g. friends, colleagues.The possible cause of cigarette smoking could be if a person is suffering from major depressive disorder, anxiety disorder or panic disorder .
The effects of chewing and smoking tobacco are life threatening .The use of tobacco increases the risk of, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and is a leading cause of lung cancer and oral cancer . In order to prevent the diseases caused by tobacco , one should stay away from these unhealthy habits. Its never too late to quit smoking and stop tobacco use .
Dealing with tobacco cravings the homoeopathy way :
- The best medicine prescribed is Tabacum to reduce the craving for tobacco specially in those who are discontinuing the use of Tobacco .
- Plantago especially to produce disgust or aversion to tobacco in habitual tobacco chewers
- Caladium Seguinum – modifies the craving for tobacco
- Arsenic is specially indicated for ailments from tobacco chewing
Techniques to quit smoking include Behavioral techniques and mental techniques . Behavioural techniques include – awaiting for an increased amount of time before lighting up , Substituting smoking behavior with eating carrot sticks,eating gum, cereal , exercising. Keep a smoking diary , list 5 reasons why you want to stop smoking, Make a list of all other things you will do when craving a cigarette. Give yourself a positive reward once a day if you do not smoke .
Mental techniques include emphasis on focused smoking – while smoking imagine negative consequences and cognitive rehearsal – rehearse what you will say when offered a cigarette at a social gathering -……’No thanks I am a non smoker’.
Always remember , there should be no compromise, where health is concerned . After all , health is wealth ! so free yourself on this day from tobacco not only on world no tobacco day but everyday . It is said , ‘Self is the only prison that can ever bind a soul’ .
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS JUST ONE CIGARETTE !
Stop smoking – change your life —-!
Article by Dr. Zoya João, Homoeopathic Psychiatrist , Public Health Specialist , Bainfol , Assolna, Salcete , Goa . 403701. For free counseling – mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org