Stopping the use of tobacco products is one of the best things you can do for your health! All forms of tobacco are dangerous and have devastating health consequences.
Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Blood pressure decreases
Pulse rate drops
Body temperature of hands and feet increases
According to the American Lung Association, when smokers quit, within twenty minutes of smoking that last cigarette the body begins a series of changes.
At 20 minutes after quitting:
At 8 hours:
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
At 24 hours:
Chance of a heart attack decreases
At 48 hours:
Nerve endings start re-growing
Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
At 2 weeks to 3 months:
Walking becomes easier
Lung function increases
At 1 to 9 months:
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases
At 1 year:
Excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker
At 5 years:
From 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.
At 10 years:
Risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
Risk of ulcer decreases
At 15 years:
Risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
Risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked.
Try the 5 D's to get through the tough times:
1. Delay: The craving will eventually go away.
2. Deep breath: Take a few calming deep breaths.
3. Drink water: It will flush out the chemicals.
4. Do something else: Find a new habit.
5. Discuss: Talk about your thoughts and feelings.
Make a list with describing why you want to quit. Refer back to this list when you’re tempted. Reward yourself when you quit. Plan something special for yourself. For example, with all the money you’ve saved from quitting smoking, buy yourself some new CDs.
Anatomy of a Cigarette
Here are just a few chemicals in cigarettes: There are more than 4,000 substances found in cigarettes! Do you really want these chemicals poisoning your body???
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||FREQUENTLY FOUND IN
|Carbon Monoxide, a poisonous gas
||White ant poison
||Poison used in gas chambers
||Preservative for dead bodies
||Rocket fuel & jet engines
||Fertilizers, explosives, & dyes