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Smoking Questions Answered
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Questions About Smoking Answered

Burning Questions

I thought that I would feel good once I quit smoking but I don't, I feel terrible, why?

The truth is that once you quit smoking, it can feel awful. That is because your body is going through withdrawal and trying to detoxify itself. You may have physical symptoms of this withdrawal such as tiredness, headaches, restlessness, coughing, and lack of focus. This is all in response to nicotine leaving your system. You may also experience itchy skin from the increased blood flow to your tissues once you've stopped smoking. This happens because smoking constricts and hardens your blood vessels therefore decreasing blood flow. Once you stop smoking, your skin receives more blood and is, essentially, repairing itself. Not only is smoking a habit to break, but the hand-to-mouth habit can also be a challenge to quit. This may lead to overeating or eating more often as you try to break this habit within your habit.

What about products that promise to help me stop smoking - are they safe?

Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to recommend a product for you to help quit smoking. Since nicotine is the addictive substance added to cigarettes, most will recommend nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine on its own is not carcinogenic, and the 'clean nicotine' used in smoking cessation products is also less addictive. There is also less nicotine in these products than in cigarettes and it is delivered to the brain less quickly. These types of products are meant to wean a person off the nicotine addiction and are sometimes used in combination such as gum or inhalers used with a transdermal nicotine patch. Also, plan on using the products for a minimum of three months as a successful quitting strategy. Although nicotine does not taste very pleasant and has a peppery flavour, it is worth getting used to if it means you can quit for good.

How is smoking related to diabetes?

Most of us are aware that any carcinogen, such as cigarettes, causes cancer. Cigarette smoking is also linked to diabetes. Research has shown that right after smoking a cigarette, blood sugar levels increase dramatically. This triggers the release of insulin in your blood stream. As your cells are continually bombarded with insulin, they may become insulin-resistant and this triggers the development of diabetes. There is a direct correlation between smoking and diabetes, meaning that the more a person smokes, the greater his or her chance of developing the disease. Another factor to look out for is weight gain after quitting smoking. This can also increase your risk for diabetes. When you do quit, remember to get active and stick to a healthy diet which will help in the prevention of diabetes.