We have all heard, at one time or another, the health risks that are associated with smoking. From cancer, emphysema, cardiovascular disease, to just a general malaise, there are many reasons why one shouldn’t even take up the habit of smoking. Some people may think that if they are already addicted, what is the point then of trying to quit. But, did you know that you can stop, if not reverse, some of the damage you may have done, even if you have been a smoker for 20 years?
Many long-term smokers may think to themselves, why even bother quitting, I’ve already done the damage, but this is definitely not true! At any point, no matter how many years you’ve smoked, no matter if you’ve already been diagnosed with a health problem associated with smoking, choosing to quit is always a better option, and this article will share with you some of the reasons why.
First of all, while there may be some cases where you cannot reverse any damage, you can absolutely stop from doing even more damage to yourself! There are some immediate benefits that take place after one quits smoking. For one, within mere hours, the carbon dioxide in your blood begins to decline. Carbon monoxide actually reduces your blood’s ability to carry oxygen around the body. This change therefore increases the overall circulation of your body. Also, your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal, as smoking drives both of those higher. Within months of quitting, you can actually see major changes in the capability of your lungs, and you can also expect to cough or wheeze much less than while you were a smoker.
Of course, there are many long term benefits as well. Those who quit by around the age of 30 typically can expect to decrease the health risks related to smoking by about 90%. Studies show that even longer term smokers and those that do not quit until later in life can still increase their chances of a longer life. Even those patients that have already been diagnosed with cancer should consider quitting smoking, as smoking can inhibit any treatment options that you might need.
There are a variety of ways out there that can help you stop smoking. One rather new invention is the electronic cigarette. This method allows the user to still inhale nicotine throughout the day, as needed, but without all of the harmful chemicals that are found in cigarettes. Be careful though, as some of these electronic cigarettes still contain some of the chemicals, but if being used as a cessation aid, then it’s better to be ingesting less of those agents than more!
At any age, at any risk level, the decision to quit smoking is always the best one!