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 If you made the mistake of becoming a smoker, you are probably aware of how hard it is to give up. Don't give up hope though, because it can be done. After all, think of the alternative… continuing to smoke!

The good news is that, if smokers quit smoking, the body repairs itself quite quickly.

Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco smoke that causes smokers to continue to smoke. Addicted smokers need enough nicotine over a day to ‘feel normal’ – to satisfy cravings or control their mood. How much nicotine a smoker needs determines how much smoke they are likely to inhale, no matter what type of cigarette they smoke.

Along with nicotine, smokers inhale about 7,000 other chemicals in cigarette smoke. Many of these chemicals come from burning tobacco leaf. Some of these compounds are chemically active and trigger profound and damaging changes in the body.

The Better Health Channel has many topics in the section Smoking and tobacco including effects on your body, Reasons to stop smoking, statistics and financial costs

 On the Cancer Council SA website is a section 'I'm thinking of quitting' and information about the Quitline 137848

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