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Smoking is a major risk factor of heart diseases and stroke

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The bad habit is very common in the UAE

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According to a 2009 survey which was conducted by Dubai Health Authority (DHA), 21.4% of men who live in Dubai are smokers.

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How to quit, and remain smoke-free

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Many smokers understand that their addiction to cigarettes is often what makes it difficult to quit.

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Addiction to smoking includes physical, social, and mental aspects

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Smokers may have a better chance of quitting and sticking to their decision if they address all three parts of the chain of addiction

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Physical

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  • Cigarettes contain an addictive chemical called nicotine
  • Nicotine produces changes in the smoker's brain. As a result, smoking a cigarette decreases a smoker's anxiety level
  • Nicotine also stimulates the brain to release chemicals that make smokers feel more awake and alert
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Mental

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  • This is the act of smoking cigarettes as part of your daily routine. Many smokers light up at specific times of day such as after finishing a meal
  • Smoking may become an automatic behaviour that you might light up without thinking about it
  • Smokers may also link emotions such as pleasure or relief with having a cigarette
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Social

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  • Many smokers develop social groups around smoking
  • Smoking can also be used as a social icebreaker by asking someone: “Got a light?”
  • You might even have a group of friends that you met during smoking breaks at work
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