Saturday, August 9, 2008

Helping Someone to Quit Smoking: a Personal Account (Part-1)

So, are you going to help someone to quit smoking? Needless to say, this is a wonderful idea. But you should have solid information about the dangers of smoking before you tell someone to leave it for life, right? Do you know that a cigarette contains over 500 harmful chemicals like nicotine, carbon monoxide, ammonia, formaldehyde, arsenic, hydrogen cyanide, DDT and many others? Surprised?

Although general people are only talking about nicotine, it is the major component of cigarette, but in combination with others, it brings disasters in life. Well, let us talk about nicotine at first. Do you know nicotine is a highly addictive compound? When a smoker smokes, it immediately goes to the lungs and to the brain less than 6 seconds.

When used in smaller amount, it works like a brain stimulator; however, an excessively large dose can cause real danger, sometimes even leading to mortality. Needless to say, most of these harmful chemicals stay in the lungs and brains for weeks, months and even for years long.

Now what could be your possible role that you can take to support your near ones when he or she plans to quit smoking? Well, there are practically too many, except nagging or forcing them to do so. In fact, it is really very hard to quit smoking without any support from close ones. So what are the things that you can do in the name of support? Let us explore.