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What happens when you stop smoking: A timeline

Those of us who have been smokers in the past will know only too well how incredibly difficult it is to break the addiction.  It does not matter that we know all about the many downsides of smoking, the need for nicotine is incredibly intense an...

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What does 'pack year' mean?

Pack-year is not a term used in normal day to day conversation. It is more a medical term used by medical professionals to calculate the number of cigarettes you smoke a year in regards to cigarette packets. It is used to express the extent of smokin...

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The history of smoking

The plant known as tobacco or nicotiana tabacum has a history that stretches a long time back; although it was used by the native American tribes of North America it is believed that it was first used by the Mayan tribes of central America  as f...

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How to quit smoking while pregnant?

So how does smoking affect your unborn child?  Smoking in pregnancy has been shown to cause serious damage increasing the risk of stillbirth and premature birth in addition to increasing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or cot dea...

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Smoking and breastfeeding - what are the risks?

The act of quitting smoking either before you get pregnant or as soon as you get pregnant means that your pregnancy will be safer and your baby will be healthier. The reasons why a woman should not smoke while pregnant are well documented but what if...

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Is smoking shisha bad for you?

The equipment known as shisha pipes consists of a water pipe, a chamber for smoke, a bowl, a pipe and a hose.  Charcoal is burned in the pipe which heats the tobacco mixture, this, in turn, produces smoke that is filtered through the water. &nbs...

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Nicotine withdrawal

Nicotine is a highly addictive drug that is found in tobacco and products such as cigarettes and cigars. Nicotine can affect a person’s brain functions. When a person starts to smoke regularly, their body will adapt to the regular intake of nic...

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Nicotine withdrawal symptoms

Nicotine is a drug which is considered to be a member of the stimulant group of drugs. It speeds up messages which travel between the brain and the body and it is the main and is the main psychoactive ingredient present in tobacco products. A ps...