Smoking Destroys Bones- Some Facts

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It was thought till about a few years ago that smoking only caused respiratory and coronary diseases. However, research conducted in the last few years has indicated that smoking also negatively affects our bones. In extreme cases, it can lead to severe skeletal anomalies.

Smoking and Degeneration of Bones
A series of studies recently carried in different parts of the world have thrown a lot of light upon the negative impact of smoking on bones. Observers indicate that people who smoke are at an increased risk of suffering from the following skeletal anomalies than those who don't smoke:

* Chain smokers experience a low rate of bone cell production.
* They further face an increased rate of bone loss.
* Smokers face increased chances of developing complication after surgeries.
* The success rate of joint and ligament surgeries in smokers is low.
* Smokers need more recovery time for bone surgeries, fractures and abrasions.
* Smokers have weak spinal ligaments.
* Additional severe vertebral disc degeneration.

Ways to Stop Bone Degeneration
As of now there is only one way to stop bone degeneration in smokers- by giving up smoking. There is nothing else which can be done to stop the degeneration of bones which accompanies smoking.

How to Quit Smoking

Giving up the bad habit of smoking is not all that a difficult a task. However, what makes it difficult is the required to completely give up smoking. Giving up smoking is gradual and requires a lot of patience and perseverance to take it through. Here are a few techniques which you can use to give up the habit of smoking.

Nicotine Replacement Therapy-
Nicotine replacement therapy makes slowly wean off the consumption of tobacco in all forms. In this method the body is slowly but steadily deprived of nicotine. The form in which nicotine is taken in includes nicotine gums, inhalers, patches, lozenges, and sprays.? Unlike other methods, this seems to work because the chances of controlling withdrawal symptoms are more. However, this method may not address behavioral issues related to smoking.

Zyban- There is also a chemical way of suppressing nicotine cravings occurring inside our head. Drugs such as Wellbutrin (also known as Zyban) can help counter the depression which occurs as withdrawal symptoms of giving up smoking. It can do wonders when used in combination with nicotine replacement therapy.

Hypnosis- The inability to leave smoking is also seen as a result of lack of motivation. Some claim that this can be countered with the help of methods like hypnosis. In theory hypnosis has the ability to improve an individual's level of motivation. However, it may require more than one session to evoke the individual's will power to do the needful.