Stopping smoking at any age increases your life expectancy, providing you stop before you develop cancer etc.Even if the damage has already been done, you can still benefit from stopping.
We know that there are many diseases relating to smoking including;
Helping you stop
There are treatments available which can increase your chance of success. There are tablets, patches, gum and even lolly pops which can help you stop your nicotine cravings.
Some people are put off the decision to give up smoking because they worry about weight gain.Once you have stopped smoking, you will find it easier to lose any extra weight and, if you eat sensibly and keep as active as possible, weight gain can be controlled.
- Blood Pressure and pulse will return to normal, the circulation will improve. This happens within 20 minutes of stopping
- In 8 hours, blood oxygen levels increase to normal and your chances of having a heart attack fall
- Within 24 hours carbon monoxide leaves the body. The lungs start to clear out the mucus and debris.
- Within two days you will be nicotine-free. You will notice that your sense of taste and smell will start to improve.
- After a few weeks walking and exercise will get easier.
- After a few months breathing problems such as coughing etc will improve and lung efficiency will incurs by 5-10%.
- After just 5 years your risk of having a heart attack falls to half that of a smoker.
- After 10 years the risk of lung cancer falls to around half that of a smoker. Risk of a heart attack falls to about the same as someone who has never smoked.
And remember, Don’t give up giving up.