Smoking kills. There are no two ways about it. But now smoking can also get you a criminal record!
BWRT® can help you become a natural non smoker!
Back in 1987 a great tragedy befell London – the Kings Cross Fire. 31 people were killed and over 100 injured. I was a boy when this occurred and can remember my horror watching the news coverage.
The public enquiry found that the fire was started by a dropped lit match. Smoking on the Underground was subsequently banned.
In those days we didn’t so much care about passive smoking, there was a time trains, tubes and buses were often packed as thickly with tobacco smoke as with passengers. Indeed it was probably another tragedy that later highlighted the dangers of passive smoking – the death of the entertainer Roy Castle. He died aged 62 from lung cancer never having smoked a cigarette in his life – but he had worked a life-time playing the trumpet in jazz-clubs.
Poisoning the air you breathe
It is interesting that it seems only to be in the last 30 years or so that the dangers of smoking have been highlighted, and public awareness raised. The life-destroying effects of tobacco have been known for much much longer than that. in 1761 the London doctor John Hill found that “polypusses” were often found in the airways of frequent snuff takers. Snuff is made of the crushed leaves of tobacco and is snorted into the nostrils.
A google search of the constituents of tobacco smoke and cigarettes will bring up pages and pages of information. Tobacco smoke is comprised of literally thousands of chemicals. Possibly more than four thousand in fact. At least 70 of these are known to cause cancer. Here are some of them:-
- Nicotine – a nerve poison found in Deadly Nightshade raises blood pressure, is used in pesticides and to put animals to sleep, causes cancer by DNA mutation.
- Hydrogen cyanide – used by the Nazi’s in death camps, in the First World War as a chemical weapon, and in US gas chambers.
- Formaldehyde – used in embalming dead bodies
- Lead – can cause stomach, kidney, brain, rectum cancer as well as lower sperm count
- Arsenic – can cause lung, stomach, bladder, kidney and liver cancer.
- Ammonia – added to cigarettes (freebasing) to keep you addicted.
- Radioactive elements, such as uranium and polonium 210, and beryllium used in nuclear reactors
- Benzene – found in vehicle emissions, used in pesticides
- Carbon monoxide – prevents oxygen from entering the blood stream
- Nitrosamines – cause throat and stomach cancer
- Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) cause cancer and damage DNA
Vaping is addictive too
Vaping and e-cigarettes have taken off as former smokers try to find ways of getting their fix – in the mistaken belief that nicotine is not harmful “it’s all the other chemicals that cause cancer”.
Essentially vaping is simply replacing one addiction with another. Vaping isn’t choosing to be healthier, it is choosing to remain an addict. It was thought that vaping might become a socially acceptable way of achieving the nicotine hit. However the reality is vaping is now being banned in many more pubs, clubs and restaurants, and is totally banned in certain industries and by certain employers- for example Transport for London. The updated London Underground conditions of carriage reflect this.
4.5 For safety reasons, on our buses and Underground trains and in our bus and Underground stations you must not:
• smoke or use an electronic cigarette (‘vape’)
You may be prosecuted for disobeying these requirements.
There are still places of work where people get away with vaping indoors or a quick “ciggie” sheltering from the rain in a doorway – but sooner of later those days will come to an end and employees will be fired for smoking or vaping.
Reasons to stop smoking
- you will live longer
- you will enjoy life more
- you will be healthier
- less stressed
- enjoy better sex
- become fitter
- increase your fertility
- protect your family from passive smoking
- improve the appearance of your skin and teeth
- smell nicer
- enjoy food more (as your sense of taste returns)
- save money
- reduce the risks of Alzheimer’s
- protect your children from asthma, meningitis and infections
- be a good example to your children
How soon you will benefit from not smoking.
After a very short time of not smoking improvements to your health take place.
- 20 minutes – Blood pressure and pulse return to normal
- 8 hours – levels of deadly carbon monoxide decrease
- 48 hours – Carbon monoxide from smoke and nicotine have left your body.
- 2 to 3 days – decrease in breathing difficulties and phlegm production
- 5 to 7 days – Your taste and smell improve, you have more energy
- 2 to 3 weeks – Physical symptoms of withdrawal stop
- 4 weeks – Coughing and other breathing difficulties continue to decrease
- 2 to 3 months – Lung function improves by 5 per cent.
- 1 year – the risk of heart and vascular disease is halved
and so it continues each year with your body repairing the damage, becoming fitter, stronger, more resistant to disease, less likely to develop cancer.
The right time to become a natural non-smoker is now. You can find a great deal of support from your GP, local pharmacy or NHS website, but BWRT® is also a viable therapy to help you kick the habit, over-come the cravings and be free to enjoy a healthier life!