The second largest producer and user of Tobacco in the world after China, India, is home to 275 million Tobacco users. With over one-third of the population severely addicted to some form of Tobacco, every year we have over 1 million deaths solely credited to this serial killer.
Smoking Tobacco wreaks havoc on health, making you vulnerable to developing serious diseases like cancer and heart disease amongst many. It can also induce an earlier death. While these risks are a good enough incentive to quit, quitting can be especially hard for some people because of withdrawal symptoms like irritability, headaches, and intense nicotine cravings.
While all the time around us we hear about the negative effects of Tobacco on our lives, today let’s take a look at all the positive outcomes that comes with quitting Tobacco:
- Broken addiction cycle
A month into quitting Tobacco causes the nicotine receptors in your brain to return back to normal, thus breaking the addiction cycle.
- Lower risk of heart attack
Within 2 – 12 weeks of quitting smoking, your blood circulation automatically increases. This considerably lowers your risk of a heart attack while making physical activity much easier.
- Improved sense of smell and taste
Smoking tends to dull your sense of smell and taste due to immense damage to the nerve endings in your nose and mouth. 48 hours into being smoke-free can see the nerve endings begin to regrow, thus improving your sense of smell and taste drastically.
- More oxygen equals more energy
Quitting Smoking not only improves your breathing and physical activity, but also increases the amount of oxygen generated in your body attributing to higher energy levels.
- Boosts Immunity
Quitting smoking boosts immunity by improving circulation, increasing oxygen levels, and lowering inflammation; making it easier for your body to fight colds and other illnesses.
- Cleaner mouth, fresher breath
Within a week of Quitting, you will feel a difference in your mouth. Smoking causes your teeth to turn yellow, causes bad breath and increases your risk of oral infections.
- Improved sex health
Smoking increases the risk of erectile dysfunction in men and can harm your sex life. It increases the risk of erectile dysfunction in men and female sexual dysfunction in women by reducing genital lubrication and orgasm frequency.
- Lower risk of cancer
Within a few years of quitting, the risk of your body falling prey to cancers like Lung cancer, Oesophageal cancer, Kidney cancer, Bladder cancer, and Pancreatic cancer reduces.
Breaking it Down
The American Heart Association gives you a detailed breakdown and glimpse into what your body actually goes through when you quit smoking:
- The first 20 minutes: Recovery in Blood pressure and Heart rate from the nicotine-induced spikes.
- Post 12 hours: The spike in carbon monoxide levels in your blood reduces and returns to normal.
- Post 2 weeks: Blood circulation and lung function improve.
- After 1 – 9 months: Gradual return of clear and deeper breathing. You will experience lesser coughing and a decrease in shortness of breath. You will also be able to now cough productively, which helps clean your lungs and reduces your risk of infection.
- After a year: Your susceptibility to heart related disease is reduced by 50 percent.
- After 5 years: You are at only half the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, and bladder while your risk of cervical cancer and stroke return to normal.
- After 10 years: You are half as likely to die from lung cancer. Your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer decreases.
- After 15 years: Your risk of a coronary heart disease is the same as that of a non-smoker’s.
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