Why Stop Smoking?

What happens to your body when you stop smoking?

The benefit to your health when you stop smoking starts within 20 minutes of you putting out your last cigarette. Your body will begin to repair the damage as soon as you quit the habit.  Some of the changes will continue to take place over the course of many years.

  • 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal
  • 8 hours: Oxygen levels in your blood return to normal
  • 24 hours: Carbon monoxide is eliminated from your body. Your lungs begin to clear out the mucus and other smoking debris
  • 48 hours: Nicotine levels in your body drop to zero. Your sense of taste and smell steadily begin to improve
  • 72 hours: Lungs begin to repair and breathing becomes easier. Your energy levels increase
  • 2-12 weeks: Blood circulation improves, making exercise easier
  • 3-9 months: Coughing, wheezing and breathing issues reduce as lung function is increases by approximately 10%
  • 5 years: Risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker
  • 10 years: Your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and your risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.

 

Why Should You Stop Smoking?

The benefit of quitting smoking begins immediately. You reduce the risk of getting serious diseases regardless of your age. The sooner you stop, the greater the reduction in risk.

When you stop smoking you:

  • Reduce the likelihood of illness, disability or death caused by smoking related cancer, heart disease and lung disease.
  • Reduce the likelihood of other conditions such as; impotence, infertility, macular degeneration, cataracts, optic neuropathy, psoriasis, gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss, osteoporosis and Reynaud’s phenomenon.
  • Reduce the likelihood of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems.
  • Reduce the likelihood of harming others through passive smoking.
  • Improve fertility and the chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
  • Improved breathing, energy and fitness.Quit the Habit today
  • Enjoy the taste of food more.
  • Get rid of the stale tobacco smell from your home, car, belongings, body, hair, skin and clothes.
  • Look more attractive with healthy, rosy, glowing skin, brighter teeth and fewer wrinkles.
  • Feel more confident in public because you will no longer be polluting the air or irritating the non-smokers around your.

It is never too late to stop smoking to improve your health. Even if you have already been diagnosed with COPD or heart disease, your prognosis will improve when you stop smoking.

 

Smoking: Health risks

  • Heart disease – As a smoker you are at almost double the risk having a heart attack compared to a non-smoker. The possibility of sudden death from heart disease is also increased.
  • Lung cancer – a staggering 81% of deaths from lung cancer are caused by smoking. Other serious and chronic lung diseases such as bronchitis are more common in smokers.
  • Mouth and throat – smoking is linked to increased risk of cancer of the mouth, tongue, pharynx, larynx and oesophagus.
  • Stomach and intestines – smoking is also linked to cancers of the stomach, pancreas, kidney, liver, bladder and intestine.
  • Skin – smoking ages the skin prematurely causing deep wrinkles and a grey complexion.
  • Bones – female smokers are have a higher likelihood of developing osteoporosis.
  • Reproductive organs – smoking has been associated with infertility. The risk of cervical cancer is four times higher in women who smoke.
  • While your body is doing daily battle to repair the damage caused by smoking it has fewer resources to fight other illnesses.

Health risks are not divided evenly across the smoking population. There are a number of factors that can affect the level of risk:

  1. Number of cigarettes smoked per day
  2. How long you have smoked
  3. How deeply you inhale
  4. Age you started smoking; the younger you were when you started, the greater the risk. Furthermore, younger smokers have an increased vulnerability of cardiovascular and respiratory systems while in growth phases.
  5. Personal characteristics; genetics, high blood pressure, stress, diabetes, diet and high blood cholesterol levels.

All of these factors can increase the health risk from smoking.

Because pipe and cigar smokers do not inhale the smoke as deeply, they have a lower risk than cigarette smokers of heart, lung and stomach diseases, but they have the same risk of mouth and throat cancers.

Some substances found in tobacco smoke are:

  • Nicotine is the addictive drug in tobacco. On inhalation it is absorbed from the lungs into the bloodstream. It affects the brain within seconds. It gives that ‘rush’ effect by increasing the heart rate and blood pressure. It stimulates the release of hormones such as adrenaline and constricts blood vessels.
  • Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas found in car fumes. It reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood which affects the ability of the major organs to function efficiently. Lower levels of oxygen thicken the blood, which puts the heart under increased strain as it works to pump blood around the body. Carbon monoxide also affects the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients. It impedes growth and repair of the body and it is linked to heart disease, stroke and other circulatory problems.
  • Tar contains multiple substances proven to cause cancer. Irritants in tar damage the lungs and causing narrowing of the tubes (bronchioles) and damage the small hairs (cilia) which are there to protect the lungs from pollution and infection.
  • Benzene – a known carcinogen found in petrol fumes.
  • Nitrosamines – a carcinogen.
  • Ammonia – is used as a harsh cleaning product.
  • Formaldehyde – is also used as an embalming fluid.
  • Hydrogen Cyanide – is an industrial pollutant, also used as a method of execution in the USA.
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) – these carcinogens are also found in diesel exhaust and other combustion products.

If you really are ready to stop smoking, make the call today. When you want to stop, hypnotherapy will increase your odds of quitting successfully.

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