Smoking Health Risks are Well Known, but What Happens Once you Quit?
Smoking cigarettes is one of the unhealthiest things that a person can do to their body. Cigarettes have been linked to lung, throat, and mouth cancer and have been proven to increase a person’s risk for heart troubles and respiratory difficulties. Unfortunately, thanks to the addictive qualities of nicotine, stopping the habit of smoking cigarettes can be especially hard for some people.
Some lack the motivation, others easily relapse thanks to stress or other factors and therefore have to restart the whole quitting process again, but for the most part it should be said that many probably do not understand just how much healthier their lives would be if they decided to kick the habit.
Unfortunately, a quitter should note that there are some setbacks that may occur when quitting, most notably these 4 effects of withdrawal on their body’s system.
1. Digestive: You may experience heartburn, indigestion, nausea, and diarrhea. Symptoms usually get worse before they begin to improve.
2. Respiratory: Sinus congestion, coughing, phlegm and a slight hoarseness can occur.
3. Circulatory: You may feel dizzy, stiff, or even tingling in your toes and fingers.
4. Sleep: You may experience insomnia as well.
These effects are a direct result of your body repairing the damage that smoking has caused, and starting to smoke again will only set back your plans of a healthy lifestyle. If you fight through your withdraw stage (which should only last 3-4 weeks) you will see immediate and long-lasting health improvements.
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To give you an idea of the benefits that you will experience once you quit smoking, the American Cancer Society has created a timeline that describes what you can look forward to in your new, smoke-free life:
- After 20 minutes: your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
- After 8 hours: the carbon monoxide levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal
- After 48 hours: your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
- After 72 hours: your bronchial tubes will relax, ... Pages
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