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Smoking is addictive, and like all addictive habits, the best way to quit will be some combination of desire, medication, and changing personal habits. Also encouragement from families and friends will help remove the psychological and physiological dependence of smoking.

Smoking and kidney disease: ?The two most common causes of kidney disease are high blood pressure and diabetes. Smoking contributes to both of them. Smoking increases the risk of kidney disease and accelerates the risk of dying from strokes and heart attacks

Smoking, pneumonia and the flu: Smoking can weaken the lungs and make them prone to infections. Anyone who has pneumonia should stop smoking as it aggravates the condition and interferes with treatment.

Smoking and breathing problems: Emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease(COPD), chronic bronchitis and asthma are all symptoms related to smoking. Encourage anyone to? stop smoking before these conditions occur.

Smoking and vision problems: Smoking can double their chance of vision loss in seniors.

Smoking and heart disease, diabetes and strokes: ?Smoking increases a person’s chance of developing complications from diabetes, heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and nerve damage. Smoking increases the risk of stroke or heart attack.

Smoking and Alzheimer’s disease: Smoking greatly accelerates the rate of mental decline in Alzheimer’s patients.

Smoking and chemotherapy:? Smoking lessens the effectiveness of chemotherapy, and increases the risk of side effects and death. Smoking also inhibits the effectiveness of radiation treatment.

Smoking and broken bones: Smoking inhibits the ability of bones to heal.

Professional Home Care Nurses from Specialty Care Services can set up a ?stop smoking? program and policy for both patients and family.



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