What are the benefits of quitting smoking?
This is probably the first and foremost that comes to mind amongst the many quitting smoking benefits.For centuries people were vastly ignorant toward the negative impact smoking has on health. These days only a profound amount of denial and self-deception can convince a smoker that he or she will not be harmed by the nasty habit of smoking.Increased risk for cancer, lung diseases, heart attacks, strokes, and blood vessel diseases are only a few of the negative impacts inhaling tobacco smoke can have on your health. And don’t be fooled, these risks are a major issue: about 50% of all smokers that don’t quit the habit will die from a disease that is directly related to smoking.
What a lot of people don’t seem to be aware of is that a reduced risk for lung cancer is only one of may cancer-related quitting smoking benefits. Tobacco also increases the likelihood to come down with cancer of the larynx (the voice box), the throat, the esophagus, the kidney, the cervix, the bladder, and it is a risk factor for some types of leukemia.
Women and Qutting Smoking Benefits
Women are subject to a few particular risks to their health. The combination of smoke and birth control pills has shown to considerably increase the risk of stroke, heart attack, and deep vein thrombosis.
Also pregnant women that smoke are way more susceptible to miscarry or give birth to a child that is under-weight. Many medical studies have also shown that children of mothers that smoke during pregnancy tend to have mental and physical deficits.
Your Years Go Up in Smoke
Statistics show that smokers have a substantially lower life expectancy, and we are not talking about a few weeks or months here. It is estimated that male smokers forfeit around 13 years of their life, and females even 14.5 years. On top of this, a smoker will most likely be taken ill for a few years of their life as an effect of consuming tobacco — you literally gain years and years of health-related quality of life as one of may quitting smoking benefits.
Quit smoking today – it is never too late!
Yes, breaking the nasty habit of smoking cigarettes is a long and trying process. Yet, quite a few quitting smoking benefits can be enjoyed within only a few days or even hours after you put out your last cigarette.
Blood Pressure Dropping
Only 20 minutes after quitting your heart blood pressure will drop. Remember, high blood pressure is a pretty serious condition which may lead to heart failure, coronary heart diseases, strokes and many other health issues. After about a month, blood pressure will return to a normal level.
Carbon Monoxide Leaving the Body
Smoking poisons your body with carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is a taste and odorless gas which is highly toxic. Within the first few hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in your body will drop to normal. Considering that this gas is so highly poisonous and that a smoker willingly applies this poison to his body, it is easy to understand that this is a major immediate quitting smoking benefit.
Nicotine Will Leave Your Body
Within only 8 hours of not smoking the remaining nicotine will have fallen to only around 6% of the peak levels of a smoker. Just like carbon monoxide nicotine is highly poisonous. Did you know that it only takes 0.5 milligrams of nicotine per kilogram weight for a human to be lethal? You do not want this poison in your body, quit smoking now and imagine how much better you will feel only a few hours later.
Let’s not beat around the bush: smoke stinks, bad breath and ‘old’ smoke lingering on your clothes, in your hair, and on your hands even more so. While this is not as serious as the poisoning of your body, smelling better certainly is one of the more tangible immediate quitting smoking benefits.
Another area where you will profit massively if you quit consuming tobacco is money - R600 to R1400 monthly!