Are There Any Benefits To Quitting Smoking?
The benefits basically come under 3 main headings:
How will my health benefit?
Regardless of your age, of how long you have smoked for and the state of your health now you will gain some benefit to quitting now. Providing you have not already contracted any of the major medical conditions or diseases, associated with smoking,things start happening really quickly.
You will reduce the chances of your children suffering from asthma or glue ear.
You will reduce your risk of gangrene or amputation caused by circulatory problems.
You will protect the health of those around you by not exposing them to second hand smoke.
You will improve your fertility levels and your chance of a healthy pregnancy and baby.
You will improve your breathing and general fitness.
You will enjoy the taste of food more.
When you quit smoking your body starts to heal itself, on average only -
20 minutes after quitting, the body recovers the normal level of the arterial pressure, the heart frequency and the feet and hands temperature, pulse rate return to normal.
8 hours after stopping we begin to have a better lung oxygenation. Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by half, oxygen levels start to return to normal.
24 hours after the risk of a sudden death diminishes. Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
48 hours There is no nicotine in the body. Ability to taste and smell is greatly improved.
72 hours Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increaser the breathing function becomes normal
1 to 3 months later your physical capacity will be increased, that is to say that you will be less tired. Your circulation improves.
9 months later the risk of infections will decrease and the bronchial drainage will improve. Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
5 YEARS after quitting the risk of suffering a lung cancer will be similar to that of the non smokers. Risk of heart attacks falls to about half compared to a person who is still smoking.
10 years later the risk of having mouth cancer, throat cancer, oesophagus and bladder will be halved.
Only 15 YEARS after you will have the same risk of having a coronary disease & heart attack to that of a person that hasn't smoked.
Approx half of the smokers die as consequence of his/her smoking habit, and they live about 20 years less than the non smokers. Tobacco and smoke contains over 4000 substances, some toxic in their own right and almost 50 chemical substances recognised as cancer producers.
Second hand smoking (passive smoking)
Second hand smoke comes from the cigarette and the smoke that is exhaled by the smoker. Wherever people smoke, there is second hand smoke in the air although you might not notice it because it is almost invisible and odourless.
Even if you open a window, second hand smoke will still be present in a room after two and a half hours! Even if you can't see or smell any smoke, it's probably still there. Smoking in a car is even worse because all of the smoke is concentrated into a small space. Second hand smoke contains over 4000 toxic chemicals.
People that breathe second hand smoke are at risk of the same diseases as smokers, including cancer and heart disease. It is estimated that second hand smoke causes thousands of deaths each year. Children are particularly affected by second hand smoke because their bodies are still developing, and around half of all British children are growing up in homes where at least one parent is a smoker.
Smoke free public places
Virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK are now smoke free. It is against the law to smoke in the indoor parts of public places like pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants, workingmen's clubs and shopping centres.
Indoor smoking rooms are no longer allowed in the workplace or on public transport.Most work places and public buildings have designated smoking areas outside - some are sheltered most are not!
As of 1st October 2015 it is NOW illegal to smoke in your vehicle if you are carrying passengers under the age of 18
Non-smokers and children
Breathing in other people's second hand smoke can damage almost every organ in the human body. Breathing second hand smoke increases a non-smoker's risk of lung cancer by 24% and heart disease by 25%.
Breathing in second hand smoke makes the blood stickier, meaning there is an increased risk of blood clots forming. A blood clot can block an artery and cause heart attacks, strokes, angina, or even complete heart failure. When you go smoke free you will be protecting the health of your family and friends.
Protecting children and non-smokers from second hand smoke
Second hand smoke is especially dangerous for children as they are growing up and even when they are still developing in the womb:
Cot death is twice as likely to occur in babies whose mothers smoke.
Smoking near children is a cause of serious respiratory illnesses, such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and the delovopement of asthma and cause asthma attacks.
Younger children who are exposed to second hand smoke are much more likely to contract a serious respiratory infection that requires hospitalisation.
There is also an increased risk of meningitis for children who are exposed to second hand smoke.
Babies and children exposed to second hand smoke are more likely to get coughs and colds, as well as middle ear disease, which can cause deafness.
One of the best things you can do to protect other people and children is to keep your home and car smoke free by smoking outside as smoke can linger in the air for up to two-and-a-half-hours, especially these days with modern double/triple glazed windows and doors.
Smoking and pregnancy
Smoking is bad for you, your partner and especially for your baby. The truth is that every cigarette you smoke harms your baby.
The mum's lungs
When you smoke, or inhale other people's second hand smoke (passive smoking), the smoke goes into your lungs.
Chemicals from the smoke, such as carbon monoxide, are then absorbed into your bloodstream. Some of the oxygen in your blood is replaced by carbon monoxide.
This means that the oxygen supply to your baby may be restricted.
Your baby gets absolutely everything from you.
Nutrients and oxygen are delivered to your baby through your blood by the placenta and umbilical cord.
Smoking while you're pregnant exposes your baby to dangerous toxins in tobacco smoke. These toxins can also damage the placenta, which is vital for your baby's development and successful birth.
On average, smokers have more complications during pregnancy and labour. This can include bleeding during pregnancy and placental abruption.
Women who stop smoking during the first three months of pregnancy have a lower rate of placental abruption and a lower rate of placenta praevia compared to continuing smokers.
Smokers are five times more likely to develop eclampsia which is a major cause of maternal mortality in the UK.
The babies' heart
When you smoke you inhale over 3,500+ chemicals from the cigarette. One of these is a dangerous chemical called carbon monoxide, which gets into your bloodstream.
This restricts the oxygen that's essential for your baby's healthy growth and development, and because cigarettes restrict their oxygen supply, their tiny heart has to beat harder every time you smoke.
The babies' lungs
Smoking during pregnancy can damage your baby's airways before it is born.
If you smoke during pregnancy your child may develop smaller airways, making them more vulnerable to breathing problems such as asthma.
Research has shown airflow through the breathing tubes is on average 20% lower in babies born to mothers who smoke.
When a pregnant woman smokes, some of the oxygen in her blood is replaced by carbon monoxide, restricting the supply of oxygen to the baby, which can affect the baby's growth.
Smokers are more likely to deliver babies prematurely and at a much lower birth weight.
During the birth
Smoking can cause a greater risk of miscarriage and stillbirth.
Your baby is more likely to be born prematurely and with a low birth weight.
After the birth
Your baby is more likely to have extra problems in keeping warm. Your baby is also more prone to infection during and after labour.
Your baby may cry more and be harder to settle.
Your child is three times as likely to become a smoker as they get older.
Your child is more at risk of getting infections such as inflammation of the middle ear in childhood.
Post birth the babies' lungs
Smoking during pregnancy can increase the risk of asthma and other chest infections in young children.
Your child is more likely to become a smoker as they get older.
Stop smoking now and both you and your baby will get the benefits immediately. The carbon monoxide and other chemicals quickly leave your body. It means there's more oxygen in your blood, making you and your baby much healthier.
About wealth benefits - how will my lifestyle improve?
You will save money - So a packet of 20 cigs @ approx £7.50 (many brands cost more) a day.
Will save you approx:-
£52.50 a week - that's a nice meal for 2 at the weekend!
£232.50 a month - that's an unexpected bill paid without worry!
£2,737.50 a year - that's a good family holiday with spending money!
£13,687.50 over 5 years - that's enough for a small car or motorbike
£27,375.00 over 10 years - that's enough for a house extension or conservatory
£54,750.00 over 20 years - that's a sizable deposit for a mortgage.
And of course cigs will get more expensive as the government keeps upping their wedge of the pie! As you can see it adds up to a sizeable amount over time scary or what?
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About Social Benefits
You, your car, house, and clothes will no longer smell like stale tobacco or cigarettes and you will no longer be staining your walls with nicotine.
You will have more time to spend with family and friends because you will potentially live longer.
You will not cause hardships by become a burden on your family later in life because of illnesses.
You will no longer feel ostracized - by having to go to smoker's areas when out socialising in public establishments.
You will feel more confident in social situations - you won't be worrying about the second hand smoke you create anymore.
As a non-smoker, you may even find you get approached more often by potential new friends and partners when out socialising.
You will reduce the risk of fire in your home.
Remember I know because I am an ex-smoker myself, and I have lost dearly to smoking, I am not preaching - I'm just telling it as it is!
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