Stating that approximately 7 million people die every year in the world due to smoking, Dr. Nurten Elkin made statements about the importance of not smoking in healthy living behaviors and the harms of health.

Underlining that smoking, hookah, pipe smoking or breathing in smoke creates psychological and physical dependence on the person over time, Dr. Elkin said, “There are more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco products. Cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases as a result of narrowing of the bronchi and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, vascular occlusion and related paralysis, gastric gastritis, ulcer and stomach cancer, yellowing of the skin, wrinkles, skin cancer, bad breath and yellowing of teeth are important health problems he said.


Stating that nicotine starts to leave the body 2 hours after quitting smoking, Dr. from Istanbul Gelişim University. Nurten Elkin said, “After 6 hours, heart rate and blood pressure begin to decrease. After 12 hours, the toxic carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke is cleared from your bloodstream and makes your lungs work better. After 2 days, your senses of taste and smell become sharper. Within 2 – 12 weeks, blood circulation improves, which facilitates physical activities such as walking and running. After 3 to 9 weeks, problems such as coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing will decrease and your lungs will become stronger. Within 5 years, the risk of heart attack is reduced by half. “After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is halved, while the risk of heart attack falls to the same rate as that of a person who has never smoked.”


Elkin, who gives advice to quit smoking, says, “Determine your quit day. Throw away all cigarettes, lighters, matches and ashtrays around you. Set small goals. Find activities to distract yourself. Brush your teeth and take a shower often. Watch your diet, drink plenty of water. Stay away from the factors that will trigger your craving for cigarettes. Stop your urge to smoke by chewing gum or drinking herbal tea. Get fresh air, move. If you want a cigarette, take 10 deep breaths,” he said.


Mentioning some of the physical and psychological problems that people may encounter when quitting tobacco, Elkin used the following statements:

“Headache may be experienced in the first days of quitting smoking. Dryness or a metallic taste may be felt in the mouth. This is one of the symptoms that the body shows during the period of being free from tobacco. Anxiety, restlessness, irritability, decreased heart rate, difficulty in focusing, increased appetite and weight gain, sweating, stress and tobacco craving are experienced. People should be prepared for physical and psychological symptoms that may disturb them. However, it should be noted that this is a normal and temporary situation. Quitting smoking can be challenging for many. The first step in overcoming this challenge is to make some preparations before starting this process. The aim of drug therapy is to eliminate the nicotine withdrawal that occurs in the period following smoking cessation. These drugs are prescribed by the physician.”

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