The Road To Freedom
Remember your very first cigarette
and how great it tasted? If you do then you are not thinking about
Let me remind you - You are standing
nervously with your friends while one experienced smoker produces
the mystical, forbidden treat. Everyone else has one and they all
look cool so what the hell - let's see what all the fuss is about.
You put the cigarette in your mouth and your friend lights it for
you. You suck the smoke into your mouth and because you have seen
others do it you take a big deep breath. The first cloud of smoke
travels deep into your lungs and then what? Do you exhale in that
cool way that your friends do? No. You cough as though your lungs
are going to burst, then you turn green, feel dizzy and think you
are going to be sick.
You inhaled over 3000 different chemicals to your
body including 42 substances that are known to cause cancer - and
all in just one breath. 3000 is a lot to look at so let's simplify
it and look at just two elements - smoke and nicotine.
The smoke you inhaled on that first occasion felt
heavy on your lungs, it didn't taste very nice and it made you cough
like never before. Those were three things that should have told
you that your body did not appreciate that first experience of smoking.
Under any other circumstances you would be going to the doctor to
find out what was wrong with you. But because you know that it was
caused by the smoke, you accepted it - indeed this is what you have
now come to regard as a pleasure!
But what about the feeling of nausia? For that,
we must thank our other close friend, nicotine...
The nicotine was absorbed very rapidly into your
blood stream and travelled straight to your brain. Nicotine is a
stimulant that makes your heart beat faster and increases blood
circulation. What was wrong before? Was your blood travelling too
slowly? No. So why the need to speed it up? Your body was getting
on just fine before so why the need to upset it?
You felt light-headed with that first puff of
smoke because the oxygen that was being carried round your body
to feed your brain and muscles was replaced, without warning, by
the nicotine and the other chemicals you inhaled - the result was
that not enough oxygen got to your brain and its reaction was to
let you know by making you feel dizzy - to let you know to take
in more air.
The sickness you felt was your body telling you
that your body had been invaded by something that it did not like.
This was because it had been poisoned and was trying to cope with
the multitude of foreign substances.
Your body does not do things without good reason
- you coughed because your lungs wanted to reject the smoke, you
were dizzy because your brain was lacking oxygen and you felt sick
because you had just poisoned yourself.
HELLO? What else do you want it to do? How much
more obvious could it be that smoke is not welcome in your body?
Thank God you had all of those warnings. What
would you have done without your body telling you it didn't need
or want you to smoke? You might just have had another one. You did?
had better read on..