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Published on: 13 Sep 2017 by kellywilson

Stop Smoking Benefits - 10 Reasons to Stop Smoking

There are many benefits to stopping smoking. These benefits are the reason why you should stop smoking. They won’t in themselves help you stop smoking but they will provide you with motivation to go on and learn how to stop smoke successfully.

Stop smoking benefit #1: Your blood is partially 'disabled' by cigarette smoke. Carbon monoxide, a lethal gas found in every cigarette you smoke binds to the hemoglobin in your red blood cells. The carbon monoxide locks the red blood cell and stops it from being able to carry oxygen around your body. Smoking knocks out about 15% of your blood's oxygen carrying capacity. When you stop smoking, your body will repair your blood and it will be back to normal within 2 days!

Stop smoking benefit #2: Cigarette smoke and the cocktail of 3,500 chemicals found in it, have damaged nerves throughout your body. Within 2 days your body will start to re-grow these damaged nerves. Your sense of taste and smell will sharpen. You will not need to salt your food as heavily as you used to.

Stop smoking benefit #3: Smokers are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure. When you stop smoking, your blood pressure will come down without any other intervention just from stopping smoking. High blood pressure is known as the 'silent killer' that often goes unnoticed in people of middle age. High blood pressure makes your heart work harder and can result in an enlarged heart and heart disease. It is advisable to ask your doctor for a blood pressure check the next time you see them.

Stop smoking benefit #4: 90% of all lung cancer sufferers are smokers. The vast majority of smokers stop smoking the minute they are diagnosed with lung cancer, proving that quitting is possible. 10 years after quitting smoking, your risk of lung cancer will have halved.

Stop smoking benefit #5: Naturally, inhaling hot toxic gasses into your lungs 20 times a day causes considerable damage. Most significantly, smoking is a major contributor in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease or COPD. COPD includes such illnesses as bronchitis (the inflammation of the lung bronchioles (tubes)) and emphysema. Emphysema is when your lung tissues lose their elasticity and you cannot breathe normally. Death from emphysema comes in the form of a slow and utterly debilitating suffocation over the course of a few years. It is irreversible and incurable.

Stop smoking benefit #6: Between 5 and 15 years after quitting smoking, your risk of a stroke will have returned to that of a non-smoker (depending upon other influencing factors such as diet).

Stop smoking benefit #7: On average, smokers die between 8 and 10 years earlier than non-smokers. Stopping smoking even in middle age can reduce the risks of ill health significantly and there are always benefits in stopping smoking, no matter what your age.

Stop smoking benefit #8: After years of smoking, you will have suffered from a chronic cough. Between 3 and 12 months after stopping smoking, this cough should have disappeared.

Stop smoking benefit #9: Within 3 months of stopping smoking, your circulation should have improved significantly. If you used to suffer from 'pins and needles', they should be a thing of the past now. Your risk of heart attack will have reduced significantly.

Stop smoking benefit #10: Not only can you smell better you do smell better too! Your general odour will be much more pleasant to those around you.

There is a Japanese proverb that says "fall down seven times, get up eight". Stopping smoking is just like that too. You have to keep trying to quit. My advice as ever is never stopping trying to quit.


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