AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011 - (Page 56)

IN THE UK, ONE IN SIX PEOPLE SMOKES. DR CHRIS STEELE HAS RUN SMOKERS’ CLINICS FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS AND HAS LECTURED ALL OVER THE WORLD ON NICOTINE ADDICTION AND SMOKING CESSATION TECHNIQUES ALL IN ORDER TO HELP THOSE WHO WANT TO QUIT… Stub it out F or many smokers, quitting can be very difficult because nicotine is a highly addictive drug. In fact, it is as addictive as cocaine and heroin. Smokers use cigarettes to get nicotine into their brain but die from the tar, carbon monoxide and other substances that are present among the 4,200 chemicals found in tobacco smoke. LETHAL HABIT It is a fact that half of all regular smokers will be killed by smoking cigarettes. That is an horrendous statistic, making the cigarette the only consumer product in the world that, when used in the way recommended by the manufacturer, kills half its consumers. Imagine trying to get a new product on the market today, which has been scientifically proven to be lethal to half its customers? It would never be allowed in this health and safety-conscious society. What would happen if there was evidence to show that a particular model of car was causing a death rate of 50% among the customers who purchased it? There would be a public outcry, followed by intense BIG SPENDER A PERSON WHO government intervention, with SMOKES 20 an instant withdrawal of the car CIGARETTES A DAY from the market. SPENDS A WHOPPING Of course, now that cigarettes £2,000 A YEAR ON THEIR HABIT are so deeply entrenched in our everyday lives and culture, it’s impossible to have them withdrawn, and that’s despite the significantly high mortality rate. 056 | SEPTEMBER 2012 THE DANGER ZONE Smokers don’t die of smoking-related diseases in their 20s and 30s. Why? This is because the dangers of cigarette smoke are dose-dependent, which means that diseases occur as a result of how much exposure you’ve had to all the chemicals or, in other words, how many ‘doses’ of cigarette smoke you’ve had over the years. Smoking-related diseases start to affect smokers after they’ve smoked 200,000 cigarettes. That sounds like a lot but you’ll reach that total when WORDS: Dr Chris Steele | PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Images, Shutterstock Smoking is most common among 20- to 24-year-olds

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011

EDITOR’S LETTER
A DOCTOR’S WELCOME
NEWS UPFRONT
SAVE THE DATE
A SENSITIVE TOUCH
UNDER THE HOOD
CELEBRITY HEALTH SECRETS
THE BIG INTERVIEW
TV HIGHLIGHTS
WHAT A MARVEL
OUCH, THAT HURTS
A HAPPY HEART
WAVE GOODBYE TO SMOKING
EYE SEE!
AN EARFUL
THE LOWDOWN ON DIABETES
HARD TO STOMACH?
GUT REACTION
ARTHRITIC AND UNDER 30?
SHRINK ME
FIGHTING FIT
BREAST CANCER
BOOST YOUR BONE DENSITY
TRYING TO CONCEIVE?
VEIN HOPE
ON THE BALL
CAN HE BREAK HIS PENIS?
TIME FOR A TOP UP
ULTRA SWIFT SUPPERS
SO, YOU THINK YOU’RE EATING RIGHT?
GLUTEN-FREE FOODS ON TEST
AGE-PROOF YOUR FACE
PEARLY WHITES
COSMETIC SURGERY
COMING SOON
TOP HEALTH TIPS
WORK WELLNESS
DON’T SWEAT IT
PLANNING AHEAD
STAYING MOBILE
LAST WORD

AT Home with Dr Chris Steele - September 2011

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