If you are still smoking....

Updated: Oct 31

We want you to know about some great reasons to quit:


20 minutes after quitting:

Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.


12 hours after quitting:

The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.


2 weeks- 3 months after quitting:

Your circulation and lung function improves.


1-9 months after quitting:

Coughing and shortness of breath improves.


1 year after quitting:

The risk of heart disease is half of someone who still smokes. Risk of heart attack drops.


5 years after quitting:

Your oral, throat and food pipe and bladder cancer risk is cut in half. Cervical cancer risk is that of a non smoker.

2- 5 years after quitting:

Stroke risk falls to that of a non smoker.


10 years after quitting:

Your risk of dying from lung cancer is half of someone who still smokes.


15 years after quitting:

The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.


So what are you waiting for?


This beautiful compilation of data is from American Cancer Society.


More than 400,000 deaths occur each year in United States as a result of cigarette smoking. In addition, exposure to secondhand smoke is estimated to cause 40,000 deaths each year from heart disease and contributes to other diseases as well.

 

Did you know : Smoking is a major cause of non-fatal diseases including osteoporosis, skin wrinkling, peptic ulcer disease, impotence, and pregnancy complications?

 

Cigarette smoking doubles the risk of developing coronary heart disease (blocked arteries in your heart)

 

Good news is- quitting smoking can rapidly reduce risk of heart ailments.


Quitting and staying away from cigarettes is difficult, but not impossible. Most people require few attempts before successfully quitting.

 

"Cold turkey"- Set up a quit date, get rid of all tobacco and related products from the house. Inform friends, family and well wishers that you are trying to quit and ask for support. Try to avoid company of people that smoke and activities that you associate with smoking. Engage in healthy behaviors like exercise. This will divert your mind from tobacco.


Think about the money you will save when you stop buying cigarettes and what you can do with it!


You may constantly have the urge of putting something in your mouth. Keep healthy snacks handy (baby carrots, nuts etc). It is not uncommon to gain some weight when you are trying to quit smoking, this does get better.

If the craving is intolerable try over the counter nicotine gums and patches.

There are several prescription medications that take craving for tobacco away completely. Reach out to your doctors if you are simply unable to quit.


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