We all know that smoking is harmful to your health and the best thing to do is quit. However we also know this is easier said than done and massive amounts of willpower are required. There are benefits for your health to quitting irrespective of how long you have smoked, your sex or age. Even if you are suffering from smoking related illness such as heart disease there is still every good reason to give up.
Studies show that your health improves within twenty minutes after quitting. Once you have stopped smoking for at least twenty years your risks will be similar to a non smoker. Your body has the ability to heal from many of the effects of tobacco use, and it can make a substantial recovery.
Within 20 minutes of finishing your last cigarette your heart rate drops and your blood pressure improves, temperature in your feet and hands return to normal.
After 12 hours without a cigarette your blood carbon monoxide levels fall sharply.
From week two to twelve your risk of heart attack decreases, exercise becomes much easier, blood circulation gets better and your lung capacity increases.
When you have been a non smoker for 9 months you may notice that coughing is less frequent and you may no longer be short of breath. You are less prone to respiratory infections and sinus congestion, and have more energy.
After a year of being smoke free your risk of coronary heart disease will be reduced by 50% when compared to a normal smoker.
Once you stop smoking for 5 years mouth cancer risks drop dramatically. Your chances for throat cancer are also lower.
If you can quit smoking for a ten year period you have a fifty percent lower chance of getting lung cancer. You also decrease your chances of bladder, kidney, and pancreatic cancers.
Having made it fifteen years without smoking then your risk of death from coronary heart disease is approximately the same as someone who has never smoked in their life.
You enjoy many immediate benefits once you stop smoking. It is not too late for anyone that is a smoker. Aside from better health, your finances will also benefit a great deal, as cigarettes are a very expensive habit. Your social life is likely to improve too. You will no longer smell like stale cigarettes and the food you eat will be more enjoyable.
So quit smoking today and feel good about yourself.