The Benefits of Quitting Smoking
The benefits of
quitting smoking are enormous. The moment you quit
smoking your body begins to heal itself from the
years of smoking.
Within 12 hours
after you have your last cigarette, your body will
begin to heal itself. The levels of carbon monoxide
and nicotine in your system will decline rapidly,
and your heart and lungs will begin to repair the
damage caused by cigarette smoke. As your body
begins to repair itself, instead of feeling better
right away, you may feel worse for a while. It's
important to understand that healing is a process
that begins immediately, but it continues over time.
These "withdrawal pangs" are really symptoms of the
recovery process. When it comes to the harm done
from smoking, e-cigs are one of the best harm
Immediately after quitting, many ex-smokers
experience "symptoms of recovery" such as
temporary weight gain caused by fluid
retention, irregularity, and dry, sore gums or
tongue. You may feel edgy, hungry, more tired,
and more short-tempered than usual and have
trouble sleeping and notice that you are
coughing a lot. These symptoms are the result
of your body clearing itself of nicotine, a
powerful addictive chemical. Most nicotine is
gone from the body in 2-3 days.
Take Our Stop Smoking Readiness
possible to talk yourself out of quitting by
believing that your tobacco use is not a
serious addiction. Here's a quick quiz to help
gauge the seriousness of your tobacco use. If
you answer "yes" to three or more of the
following questions, your smoking may be more
than just a compulsion.
doctor or dentist ever suggested that I stop
Do I find
it difficult to imagine life without
smoke to escape from boredom and worries
while under stress or pressure?
felt physical or emotional discomfort when
trying to quit?
Do I buy
extra tobacco supplies to assure that I will
not run out?
prefer activities and places that allow me
inwardly feel ashamed of myself because of
smoking caused a problem at home or in a
Do I ever
find myself lighting another cigarette
without consciously deciding to have
Do I feel
that my life would be better if I did not
continue to smoke even though I am aware of
the health hazards associated with smoking?
Ever Wonder What Happens to Your
Body the Moment You Stop Smoking?
20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body
begins a series of changes that continues for years.
pressure drops to normal.
rate drops to normal.
temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.
Carbon monoxide level in blood
drops to normal.
Oxygen level in blood increases
- Chance of heart attack
Nerve endings start regrowing.
Ability to smell and taste is
2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS
Lung function increases up to
1 TO 9 MONTHS
Coughing, sinus congestion,
fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle
mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
Body's overall energy
- Excess risk of coronary
heart disease is half that of a smoker.
Lung cancer death rate for
average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by
risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years
Risk of cancer of the mouth,
throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.
Lung cancer death rate similar
to that of nonsmokers.
Precancerous cells are replaced.
- Risk of
cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder,
kidney and pancreas decreases.
- Risk of coronary heart
disease is that of a nonsmoker.
What Are Some Rewards of Quit Smoking!
Within a few days you will probably begin to
notice some remarkable changes in your body. Your
sense of smell and taste may improve. You will
breathe easier, and your smoker's hack will begin to
disappear, although you may notice that you will
continue to cough for a while. And you will be free
from the mess, smell, inconvenience, expense, and
dependence of cigarette smoking.
It is important to understand that the long range
after-effects of quitting are only temporary and
signal the beginning of a healthier life. Now that
you've quit, you've added a number of healthy
productive days to each year of your life. Most
important, you've greatly improved your chances for
a longer life. You have significantly reduced your
risk of death from heart disease, stroke, chronic
bronchitis, emphysema, and several kinds of
cancerp;not just lung cancer. (Cigarette smoking is
responsible every year for approximately 130,000
deaths from cancer, 170,000 deaths from heart
disease, and 50,000 deaths from lung disease.)