Why Quitting Smoking Is Good For You
What happens to your body when you stop smoking? Here are some reasons why quitting smoking is good for you. And why you should consider quitting today!
Your body transforms when you quit smoking.
- 20 minutes
Your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet should also return to normal.
- 8 hours
Oxygen levels in your blood return to normal and the levels of carbon monoxide are reduced by more than half. Nicotine levels fall drastically and close to normal levels.
- 24 hours
Carbon monoxide has been eliminated from your body. Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. Anxieties should have peaked and should begin to return to normal, this can take between 2 – 3 weeks.
- 48 hours
The damage to your nerve endings should have stopped and start to heal. Your ability to taste and smell should return to normal. At this stage temper and irritability should have peaked. Side effects of nicotine withdrawal have usually started at this stage.
- 72 hours
Breathing becomes easier as your lung’s ability returns to normal. Your bronchial tubes begin to relax and your energy levels increase. Your body should now be nicotine free, the chemicals that nicotine breaks down into should be close to being fully passed out. Side effects such as withdrawal at this stage should have peaked.
- 2 to 12 weeks
Circulation improves throughout the body, making walking and running much easier. Blood should now be circulating around your gums and teeth as normal. Withdrawal symptoms should feel less intense.
- 5 years
Your heart-attack risk falls to about half that of a smoker. Your risk of stroke has fallen to that of a non-smoker.
- 10 year
Your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker. Risk of diabetes is now that of a non-smoker.
- 15 years
Your risk of heart disease is nearly the same as someone who has never smoked. Your risk of pancreatic cancer has declined to that of a never-smoker.
You should lose your cough and be able to breath easier within 10 months, because of your improved lung and heart capacity. Especially the sports where you are running around a lot, it should be noticeable.
This is the difference between being mobile in your older age compared to struggling to get up the stairs!
Feel like you have more energy
After having given up for 2 weeks, your blood circulation should start returning to normal, this will making running, competing in sports enjoyable and easier again in time.
Your immune system also returns to normal, because of the increase in oxygen, making it easier to fight off those colds.
People often think that cigarettes reduce stress, but this is because of nicotine addiction. Once you have stopped smoking and the nicotine has left the system you should start to feel calmer and less stressed.
Studies have shows that people are a lot less stressed after they have stopped smoking.
Females find getting pregnant is easier, the lining of the womb returns to normal. Men’s sperm count returns to a healthy level.
It improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Having a baby with a healthy weight and likelihood of it being the full term.
Improves taste and smell
When you stop smoking you should find that your sense of taste and smell start to return to normal. Food tastes and smells completely different compared to the dull taste.
Improved skin age
Smoking causes accelerated skin ageing. So stopping smoking slows this down and delays the appearance of circles under the eyes and wrinkles, as your skin now gets more oxygen.
Better breath and whiter teeth
Smoking stains teeth, so stopping smoking will stop them from getting stained and should also improve your breath.
Approximately half of all smokers die prematurely from smoking-related disease, this includes respiratory and cancer-related disease.
Quitting smoking helps reduce the risk to your life and the sooner you quit the more years you are likely to add to your life.
It’s never too late to quit to gain a better quality of life and gain some of the health benefits and to be more active and mobile in older age.
Protect those around you
When you quit smoking, you also protect your family and friends around you. Breathing
Especially in children where they are much more likely to be affected by ear infections and asthma.
Methods to quit
There are several methods to quit smoking for good. Some are more effective than others. Often cold turkey is cited as the best method. It is one of the hardest and also high up on the list as the least effective long term.
Nicotine replacement therapy has by far the best results. They work by delivering small amounts of nicotine and reducing the cravings and withdrawal feelings, making it’s less likely for you to be reaching for cigarettes.
Hypnosis yields some very good results it does not force you to rely on willpower alone. It helps with the triggers and cravings of smoking, without resorting to smoking. It is seen as one of the best ways to prevent slip-ups.
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