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Why you should quit smoking today?

Many smokers find the addiction to smoking a huge challenge when quitting. Others have built entire social networks around smoking, and quitting could mean losing these networks. However, some long-time smokers believe that it is actually too late for them to quit. But contrary to pessimistic popular belief, it is actually never too late to quit smoking – no matter how old you are or how long you’ve been doing it. The day you put that last cigarette down, your body starts on its journey back to its pre-smoking life.

Smoking cessation has immediate benefits

The 1st 24 hours:

Smoking contributes to high blood pressure, which is a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It also increases something called carbon monoxide in the blood. This compound displaces oxygen from blood cells, and so affects the blood’s ability to carry and deliver oxygen to the body’s tissues especially during exercise.
Evidence shows that within 24 hours of quitting smoking, blood pressure levels start to improve and the content of carbon monoxide in the lungs can reach normal levels.

After 48 hours:
Nicotine, the chemical responsible for addiction in cigarettes, leaves the body completely within the first 2 days of quitting smoking. Things like the sense of smell and taste which are affected by smoking start to recover as well./p>

After 1, 3 and 6 months:
Lung functions improve by as much as 30 percent within the first 3 months of quitting smoking, and 3 months after that breathing becomes easier and coughing becomes less.

After 1 year
And most importantly, the risk of having heart attack drops by half within a year of quitting smoking, and within 15 years, the rest of that risk of heart disease and stroke falls to the same level as everyone else.

So, even if you have been smoking since you were buying cigarettes with your High school lunch money, you can still successfully reverse your risks of cardiovascular disease – and other smoking related illnesses as well.

So what are you waiting for?

 
 

References

Saladini, F., Benetti, E., Fania, C., Mos, L., Casiglia, E. and Palatini, P., (2016). Effects of smoking on central blood pressure and pressure amplification in hypertension of the young. Vascular Medicine, Vol. 21(5), 422–428 Gometz, E., (2011). Health effects of smoking and the benefit of quitting. American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, Volume 13(1), 31-35 Papathanasiou, G., Mamali, A., Papafloratos, S. and Zerva, A., (2014). Effects of smoking on cardiovascular function: the role of nicotine and carbon monoxide. Health Science Journal, Volume 8(2), 274-290

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