“Benefits of Quitting Smoking”
The benefits of quitting smoking are numerous. As soon as a smoker agrees that smoking has harmful effects, then it is time for him to make a U-turn or quit smoking and hopes that the damage done to his health are not irreversible or beyond repair.
The benefits of quitting smoking for a smoker are not only on bodily health but also on his finances and general well-being. His friends, family members, close associates, people who stay around him who suffer the harmful effect of second hand smoking etc also benefit.
As a matter of fact, about thirty minutes after quitting smoking, a smoker’s blood pressure and pulse will return to normal.
Ten hours after quitting smoking, carbon monoxide levels in blood will reduce by half.
A day after quitting smoking, carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body and the lung will start to clear out mucous and other smoking waste.
Two days after quitting smoking, the body will be completely rid of nicotine and the ability for the person to taste and smell will be enhanced.
Another benefit of quitting smoking is that three days after stopping to smoke, the bronchial tubes will begin to relax making breathing to become easier and energy levels will also increase.
Between two to twelve weeks of stopping to smoke, blood circulation will be greatly enhanced.
Between three to nine months of quitting smoking, the lungs functions will be increased by 10% thereby reducing the problem of cough and panting.
The risk of heart attack will reduce to about half that of a smoker at about five years of stopping to smoke.
When it is ten years of quitting smoking, the risk of heart attack from smoking is reduced to zero and the risk of lung cancer is reduced to about half that of a smoker.
Other Benefits of Quitting Smoking
From a financial point of view, giving up smoking is likely to save money used in buying cigarettes or tobacco thereby increasing the person’s ability to purchase more of other beneficial commodities.
From the point of view of appearance, the person looks more presentable. This is because smoking had starved the skin of oxygen, making it look dry and grey. The tar in the tobacco had stained his teeth and fingers and wrinkles had formed around his eyes and mouth. But after quitting smoking, the healing process will set in and all these anomalies will begin to wear off.
Quitting smoking can increase a person’s fertility if this was decreased by smoking. This is because smoking has the ability to damage the blood vessels in the penis thereby rendering the person impotent. Smoking affects the sperm quality and density resulting to low sperm and sperm abnormalities. Women who smoke take a longer time to conceive and when they do, they are more likely to have miscarriages.
Women who quit smoking will have the chance to have normal birth. This is because babies born to mothers who smoked in pregnancy are more likely to be premature, stillborn or die shortly after birth.
Quitting smoking will give a person the benefit of having healthy children. This is because children whose parents smoke are more likely to get pneumonia and bronchitis in their first year of life, to suffer from more frequent and more severe asthma attacks and to become regular smokers themselves.
These benefits of quitting smoking are just a few among many not yet mentioned.