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Becoming Smokefree

Breathe easy ? Become Smokefree

Cigarette smoke is all around us ? either we smoke it ourselves or are exposed to second hand smoke from someonelse?s cigarette.  People who don?t smoke themselves, but inhale smoke from another person?s cigarette are called passive smokers.

Tobacco smoke is made up of 4,000 chemicals, including nicotine, tar and gases such as carbon monoxide. Nicotine is the most addictive chemical and affects your health by making the blood vessels in your body narrower, which makes it harder for blood to flow around.  This raises your blood pressure and can lead to health problems that can affect how much you enjoy your life now and later on.

Cigarette smoking might look cool on the television and magazines advertisements but what cigarette smoke does to our bodies is not so cool.

Cigarette smoke can irritate the eyes, nose, throat and lower respiratory tract.  It increases the risk of developing lung cancer and blood clots which can lead to heart disease or stroke (blood vessels in the brain become blocked).

Cigarette smoke also poses health risks to young children who are exposed to it.  The smoke can cause respiratory tract infections, pneumonia, bronchitis, coughing, wheezing, worsening of asthma and middle ear disease (for example, glue ear).

 ?Becoming smokefree is not an easy thing to do, but if you have the motivation to quit, you can do it and it is worth it in the long run?, say Self Care pharmacists.  ?We can help you by providing advice and products which will help you gradually overcome your addiction to nicotine?. There is also a free phone you can ring for more help on quitting.  Ring Quitline on 0800 778 778 (New Zealand only).  Pharmacists accept vouchers from Quitline for nicotine replacement products.

The advantages of staying smokefree are many ?whiter teeth, fresher breath, nicer smelling hair and clothes, just to mention a few.  Even playing sports with mates is easier without getting puffed all the time.

Saving that money for other cool things in life is much more for fun too? hey maybe you?ll live longer to enjoy them too!

If you have some questions or need treatments on quitting smoking please contact us

These products may be useful for your condition:
Nicabate Patches
Nicorette Inhaler Pack
Nicotinell Gum


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