stop-smoking interview with Dyna Torrado. artist
Dyna Torrado is a general practitioner and stops smoking. Today, on behalf of World No Tobacco Day, explains all the benefits for people who stop smoking, and provides many helpful suggestions to help people who try to prevent them.
Could you introduce yourself and tell us about your experience of helping people get smoldering?
I am a general practitioner in a public health center in southern Portugal. I started my career career in Spain 25 years ago and, after organized smoking service in Portugal, I opened a health center in 2008. After I got a master’s degree, I started to train several doctors to help smokers quit. We also collaborate with the Regional Health Services to implement services to stop smoking.
We know many about the dangers of smoking, why is it so difficult for people to stop?
Nicotine develops a physical dependence that causes the brain to become increasingly deficient in doses, and can experience symptoms like anxiety, headaches and insomnia when stopping smoking without any need for treatment. They account for less than 5% of smokers who try to succeed on their own.
The burning of a cigarette is also related to many daily situations: drinking coffee or alcohol, relaxing, watching TV, talking to a friend, etc. Repetition of these acts creates a mental and social dependency, which becomes worse when smoking people view the action as normal. . That’s one reason why smoking is not allowed in public places.
What are the benefits of stopping smoking? Do these benefits still apply to people who have been smoking for a long time or already have a lung condition?
The best step a smoker can take to improve optimal health is to stop smoking, no doubt. The benefits are immediate;
- Only 20 minutes after quitting, blood pressure and heart rate fall.
- After 8 hours the pain is increased.
- Within 24 hours the risk of a heart attack goes down.
- Within 48 hours, smell and taste improve.
- Between 2 weeks and 3 months, circulation and lung functions are improved.
- In just 1 year the risk of heart attack is reduced by half.
- Over 10 years, the risk of cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, is the same as for people who have never smoked, and the risk of lung cancer has decreased by half.
These benefits are even greater for people who live with the condition of the lungs, because quitting tobacco allows more oxygen to vital organs, such as the heart, lungs, and brain. In this way the risk of heart disease decreases, the symptoms of respiration are decreased, and the ability to exercise is improved, along with brain function and overall quality of life.
Moreover, leaving smoking increases the effectiveness of all lung drugs and reduces the effect of other conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol.
It is never quit smoking late, even when you’ve smoked for many years. Even over the age of 65, quitting smoking can help people live longer and have a better quality of life. A person who stops smoking at that age increases his or her life expectancy by 1.5 – 2 years. Pay for women is also far higher – life expectancy increases by 4 years.
There are also many other health benefits that have to do with: hair and skin improvements, cleaner breath, smelling clothes and living spaces, sexual capacity and sports, reduced risk of fire and accidents, and less pollution of the sea (cigarette. butts) and air.
How can we help children and young people to start smoking?
When we are non-smokers, we can be a good example for those, especially parents, teachers, sports and teachers. We must educate them to be aware of the damage caused by tobacco. It is also a good advice to instruct your children to not be called “no”. That includes new ways of using tobacco, such as non-cooking heat-tobacco, which are among the most young people.
It is, of course, important to avoid the regulation of smoking by laws that protect environments and children of smoke. An excellent example of this is Singapore, where access to tobacco is denied to all residents born in 2000.
How can organizations like ELF and ERS help reduce the number of people affected by smoking?
They play an important role in information about the active and passive harmful effects of tobacco smoke. We need to create a collective knowledge of the dangers. But perhaps the most important task is an advocacy for effective tobacco control measures by pressing governments and agencies to strengthen the implementation of the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
What decisions can governments and automobiles make to reduce tobacco use in their respective countries?
The anti-smoking strategies policy is well-defined by WHO, known as the MPOWER policy. At this moment, the implementation of the measures is very uneven across Europe.
Several strategies have been shown to increase rates of quiet tobacco taxes, restricting places where people smoke, bring out illegal tobacco smokers, and banning all selling and selling, as well as establishing smooth cigarette norms. Offering stop smoking services in primary health care and supporting medical treatments to stop smoking measures are also essential.
Do you have any advice for someone who is too hard to stop smoking?
I recommend that all smokers seek professional help and use medicinal drugs to reduce nicotine replacement. Studies show you’re four times more likely to quit from professional help. Termination of smoking drugs such as nicotine replacement, varenicline or bupropion proved their effectiveness, which greatly increases the chance of closing smoking successfully. They are safe and spread out in some parts of Europe.
And don’t give up trying! The average number of times a smoker attempts to stop smoking until the last quit is between 4 and 5 days.
If you want to stop smoking, or are a health care professional working to improve your smoking responsibilities, ELF has several different possibilities that can help you. Our notes on smoking lung condition and the benefits of stopping smoking.