Every smoker knows that each time they take a puff of their cigarette, they are negatively affecting their body. But the fear of how they will cope without their smokes deters a lot of people from trying to stop. There are immediate, and not so immediate, health benefits that will come from extinguishing your cigarette for the last time. Here are some of them explained.
Smoking is just not a healthy thing to do. This is because of the chemicals and tar which are inside each cigarette you smoke, and these can cause a variety of diseases. Every smoker is aware that the big one is cancer, but not only lung cancer; throat cancer, bladder cancer and cervical cancer are others. On top of this, additional diseases that are smoking related include cardiovascular disease such as thrombosis and emphysema.
Added to these there is high blood pressure, asthma aggravation and even the possibility of infertility. And if that is not enough to deter you, there is the damage you do to the biggest organ of them all, the skin. Grey, washed-out looks and deep wrinkles around the mouth adds to the unattractiveness of this habit.
It is never too late to quit, no matter what your age. Just 20 minutes from the time you have that last cigarette your blood pressure will decrease and your pulse rate will drop. After eight hours carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in your bloodstream are back to normal ranges. At 48 hours your nerve endings have begun to regrow and your senses of taste and smell are starting to return. And this is only what can be achieved in the first two days.
As the time after the last cigarette increases, so does the type of health improvements you will experience. Energy levels will rise as blood circulation returns to normal and more oxygen is once again carried around the body. And let us not forget about the risk of heart disease reducing on a daily basis the longer you are away from the cigarettes.
Your risk of heart disease decreases by half compared to a smoker at the one year anniversary. At ten years you will be celebrating that your risk of now getting lung cancer is 50% less than a smoker and your exposure to all the other smoking related cancers has significantly reduced also.
It only takes three days for the nicotine to completely leave your body after the final cigarette. During this time there may be minor withdrawal symptoms to deal with such as irritability, constipation or a headache. However, even if you have to crawl through the three days one hour at a time, any symptoms will pass and there are methods to cope with each one.
The key to successfully and permanently quitting cigarette smoking is planning and mental motivation. You must be committed to giving it your best efforts for it to succeed as nicotine is a powerful addiction that will do its best to defeat you every time. But it can, and should, be beaten. Join a support group, plan your attack and kick smoking to the curb once and for all. Your body will thank you for it.