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WOMEN AND EMOTIONAL SMOKING

WOMEN AND EMOTIONAL SMOKING

Smoking and Lung Cancer

Since the 1950’s the female death rate from smoking and lung cancer has increased by 600% making it the leading cancer killer in women.  Smoking is responsible for 87% of lung cancer cases.  In the US, heart disease kills more women than any other condition and smokers are 6 times more likely to have a heart attack than non-smokers.

Nicotine is highly addictive, just as addictive as heroin. In approximately 72 hours the nicotine has been detoxed from your body.  For men, this is often enough to kick the habit but for women what lingers is an emotional vacancy.  Female smokers regard smoking as their main source of pleasure whereas men express their views in more physical and personal terms.  Family, stress and weight gain are the main reasons why women have difficulty quitting.  When women quit smoking, it leaves an emotional void as if they had lost their best friend.  It’s as if a cigarette is the cure all for stress, depression and weight gain. While smoking does temporarily increase your spirits, it doesn’t last very long. You have keep smoking to keep that feeling of pleasure.

Smoking and Weight Gain

Smoking and weight gain is the primary reason women give to keep smoking.  It is true that women often gain weight after stopping smoking, however, given the choice between 5 extra pounds and lung cancer which would you choose?  In today’s culture, there is a manic need to be young, thin and beautiful.  People don’t think, however, of what they would look when their hair falls out from chemotherapy, wrinkles appear after radiation and their loose skin hangs from weight loss when nausea prevents them from eating.

So, when quitting smoking women need additional emotional support.  The ideal situation would be to have help from a female friend, preferably a friend who had quit smoking herself.

MYTH: ‘Quitting smoking and weight gain, it will make me fat’

There is increasing evidence that smoking causes a greater accumulation of visceral fat, the toxic type of fatty tissue that surrounds the intestines and is a serious health threat.

The more a person smokes, the more likely they are to store fat in their abdomen – on their bellies – rather than on the hips and thighs.

 

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