THE HEALTH EFFECTS OF CIGARETTE SMOKING
What are the health effects of cigarette smoking? Many smokers want to quit smoking. However, most smokers fail during the first few weeks of trying, mainly because of nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Many have tried various methods, including nicotine patches, gums, cigarettes, and drug therapy. Unfortunately, nicotine is very addictive, and the withdrawal symptoms, including physical, mental, and emotional issues, make quitting difficult.
In our office consultations in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area, smokers usually refuse to acknowledge the long-term risks that smoking poses to their health and others (from secondhand smoke).
Instead of making a goal to quit smoking, smokers prefer to overlook the well-documented threats of heart disease and lung cancer that smoking can usher into their lives. This is because the effects are primarily unnoticeable and comprise a possible point in the future that we prefer to ignore rather than quit smoking right now.
Why do Most Smokers fail To Stop Smoking In Toronto And GTA?
- Smokers experience both a physical addiction and psychological habit, making quitting extremely difficult.
- Nicotine addiction is complicated to overcome. Most smokers are hooked on nicotine. Smokers experience a temporary high or ‘hit,’ and depriving the body of that nicotine fix causes physical withdrawal symptoms and intense cravings.
- Smoking is a psychological and repetitive habit. Habits are hard to break, especially when it has become a daily repetitive ritual.
For a long time, researchers used to focus on smoking from the perspective of an internal damage risk factor. But now, research shows that tobacco smoke negatively affects the skin, arteries, and mouth – from premature aging to cancer.
Unlike the heart and lungs positioned inside the body, the skin is an external organ that is visible and can also be touched and covers the entire body. And that’s why, even before you contemplate the terrible effects of smoking on your heart and lungs, a new or existing smoker should pause awhile to think of the potential damage your skin is in for when you smoke.
Let’s take a closer look at the devastating impact of smoking on your skin. It should motivate you enough to give up smoking, especially when you understand that skin deep has a new connotation for smokers!
Skin Health Goes Deeper Than You Think
The skin on our face has been the object of attention for millions of years. Beauty is epitomized in the texture and colour of our facial skin. And we all spend considerable amounts of time and money on keeping our facial skin young and healthy. All of us dread the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face with the onset of age.
But for smokers, the signs of skin aging become evident even earlier. Long-term or committed smokers are observed to develop crow’s feet and discoloured skin, which gives an aged and unhealthy look. Veins and blood vessels also begin to stand out of the skin in spidery formations.
To beat our facial skin’s premature aging and sagging looks, smokers desperately turn to various skin lotions and beauty creams. In short, smoking’s an expensive proposition because undoing its effects on the skin can be very expensive, time-consuming and depressing. The sensible option, therefore, would be to say ‘no’ to smoking immediately.
Why is our 3-Part Drug-Free Anne Penman Laser Therapy Centre Approach So Successful With Smokers in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area?
At our Anne Penman Laser Therapy Centre, we target BOTH the physical addiction and the psychological habit of quitting by combining a 3-part program to combat these issues.
- Laser Quit Smoking Therapy – help combat the physical side of the nicotine addiction
- Guidance and Counselling – help deal with the psychological habit of quitting
- 24-Hour Support – you’re not quitting alone, but with us
While stopping smoking cessation can appear like an impossible challenge, the fact remains that with an effective support system behind you, it can be achieved. This includes availing of professional help such as laser therapy to quit smoking.
As you prepare to stop smoking in Greater Toronto Area, here are some of the physical addiction symptoms you need to overcome first:
- Craving for a cigarette
- Cramps and Nausea
- Tingling in hands and feet
- Cold-like symptoms – sore throat, coughing
Many smokers in Toronto and Greater Toronto Area have tried various methods, including nicotine patches, e-cigarettes, gums, and drug therapy. However, nicotine is a very addictive drug and the withdrawal symptoms, including physical, mental, and emotional issues, make quitting difficult.
At Anne Penman Laser Therapy Centre, our smoking cessation program consists of three parts to target these issues.
The first part is laser therapy. Our cold laser is non-invasive, painless and has no side effects. It is entirely safe. We target laser acupuncture points around your ears, nose, mouth, wrists and hands.
The second part of our program consists of guidance and Counselling. We understand quitting is both a physical and a mental issue. Therefore, we address these mental issues, such as patterns of social and emotional triggers that smokers experience when trying to quit.
Finally, our 24-hour support line will help ensure that you stay focused and remain smoke-free for good.
Are you tired of years of smoking? Do you want a new healthy lifestyle? Call us today at 647-951-3100 for a free consultation. We offer Pain-Free, Fast and comprehensive Smoking Cessation Therapy. We have two accessible locations in Toronto and Richmond Hill. You can also schedule your appointment today by visiting our website: https://www.annepenman.ca.
Laser Treatment For Smoking
Our laser treatment for the smoking program has a high 85% success rate. It just takes one hour, and only one treatment is required. For some clients who need additional Support, we offer a second treatment for free if you require it. Most of our clients, however, are smoke-free from just one treatment.