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Snuff consumption among musicians of any level is a practice of most everyday, and not at all studied as a harmful habit for artistic practice. Thus, a professional musician uses an average of three to four hours a day in the studio with his instrument; which contains plots as technique, expressiveness, relaxation, etc., taking into account not acquire bad habits in his playing. Now, it is most common in orchestras, bands and other groups, to see how in the rest of group trials many of the members are smoking without any concern for their health.

Smoking is one of the most common causes of deaths that could be avoided. Hundreds of thousands of people die prematurely around the world for reasons directly derived from the consumption of snuff, including here, of course, passive smokers. Despite these statistics, millions of people around the world continue to be consumers of snuff.

A professional musicians are considered in different clinical fields in the same way that elite athletes; this means that health care should be exquisite and one of the main requirements in professional life. Therefore, there is a great disappointment between concern for artistic improvement and the damage that provides the snuff.

In medical terms there are too many assumptions that can be named as “absolute truths”, but there is one from which there is no doubt: the snuff is harmful to the body.

As for consumption, all variants are harmful (cigarettes, chewing snuff, water pipes for sale, …), but the most adverse health is undoubtedly the cigarettes, while being the most widespread.

This “absolute truth” is known aforementioned surplus by all musicians, but still continue their addiction being this sometimes due to ignorance of the damage, scientifically proven that smoking provides our health.

Thus, snuff consumption is associated with many problems. It’s addictive, which promotes not only physical but also psychological dependence. Nicotine, one of the main chemical components of snuff, is several times more addictive than heroin and cocaine. It is associated with cancer of the lips, mouth, throat, larynx, esophagus, lungs, stomach, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix. One of the main conditions that should interest the musicians of wind instruments is that damages the airways directly damaging tissues, altering their properties of self-cleaning and repair, which affected the dynamics and efficiency breathing. Predisposes the consumer to suffer artemio-sclerosis coronary and peripheral artery, angina (chest pain related to heart) and myocardial infarction (heart attack), blood pressure disease varies. It is a risk factor for arteriosclerosis (decreased bone density). Increases susceptibility to develop peptic ulcers.Before pregnancy raises the risk of spontaneous abortion (miscarriage), premature birth, low birth weight, and perinatal death. It is associated with premature skin aging. Irritates the eyes and performs burns throat and lungs. It provides an unpleasant odor to hair, skin, breathing, clothing. Stains teeth and fingers. It can cause burns to skin, clothing and real estate. It is a fire hazard, especially when associated with alcoholic beverages. Reduced exercise tolerance and overall fitness smoker will look worse. If an annual count of money you spend an average person exclusively in buying snuff, regardless of the costs incurred by their damage is done, it is evident that it is very expensive. It is often offensive and potentially harmful to those around the smoker, making them passive smokers. It can increase the incidence of asthma, cause pneumonia, ear and check out for possible infections. Some of these features snuff consumption can be seen immediately and others will be apparent in the short term, occurring within months. But the most dangerous are those who are taking shape with daily use, taking its toll on health that can be seen without an overwhelming at the beginning and middle of the process, and appear throughout years of dependence.

Among the various specialties undoubtedly the most affect smoking will be musicians wind, in which the sound quality will be directly related to the ability to control and air quality expelled to cross and vibrate the instrument in question, either wood or metal.

Faced with so many negatives offered smoking, and many of them fully understood by consumers, there must be a point in favor of consumption. In his defense we discuss how people really are enjoying the act of smoking and snuff flavor. Most experience a sense of “tranquility” when you are smoking, calm usually caused by a manifestation of the body to be relieved nicotine dependence. This is not a smoker will feel better than you would a non-smoker, but the first temporarily relieves the unpleasant symptoms caused by the need for nicotine between doses. These symptoms of “withdrawal” are, among others: nicotine cravings, irritability, frustration, anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, decreased heart rate and increased appetite. Smoking seems to help in weight control because a smoker quits gain some kilos, and this point one of the main obstacles to leave. But this proved that smoking a pack of cigarettes per day has a physiological stress in the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems equivalent to having 40 kilos over weight, thus quitting’ll catch some weight but the body will undergo 30 kilos approximately less wear. In the short term, weight gain, although undesirable from a cosmetic point of view, can be treated with discretion through diet and exercise, both very convenient for musicians, although this must be when there are no symptoms of craving for nicotine as they try to quit smoking and lose weight at the same time is much effort.

There are several alternatives for quitting smoking, such as exercises to gradually letting go, psychological help, drugs and substances that help alleviate nicotine withdrawal and even hypnosis can help. These processes can be performed alone or in combination, but it is clear that the best help is to know the evil that is to the body and therefore for the musical performance the regular consumption of snuff.

What the musician should be sure of is that not everything is in the study of the merely musical to properly fulfill its role as an interpreter, but we must monitor closely the state of our health, directly related to the sound and expressiveness, and instead of little use hours and hours of practice when smoking is physiologically prevents the proper use of resources given naturally in the body.

As we have seen, the damage to our health are many. Some damage affecting musical practice in all instrumentalists, directors and singers, but not taken into account for a more rapid and effective artistic improvement. A point in music education that should be taken into account by teachers in instilling a study protocol on the student.

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