Why Is It So Hard to Stop Smoking?
It seems like every medical questionnaire asks if you’re a smoker. You may sheepishly confirm, acknowledging that you need to quit.
When you know it’s bad for you, why is it so hard to quit?
Dr. Sidharth Bagga, pulmonologist for Oroville Hospital, demystifies why the cessation of this habit is so troublesome.
Why Should You Quit Smoking?
“Smoking is the most preventable cause of injury to the body at this point,” says Dr. Bagga. He also educates that very little time is spent counseling on how to quit.
From a financial standpoint, smoking is an expensive habit. People spend a significant portion of their annual income supporting their smoking habit. If they develop lung disease, society foots the bill for those who can’t afford the necessary treatment on their own.
Smoking impacts the entire body. Not only does it do direct harm to the lungs, it also interferes with the cardiovascular system. The brain and other organs don’t get enough blood flow or oxygen, upping disease risk.
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