Smoking is more of a trend than a habit for some people. Eventually, the trend leads to addiction. And, before you even realize, you become addicted to smoking. There are many people who do not even know the potential harm related to smoking. However, at least they know that nothing good comes out of it. There will be no positivity around you if you smoke a cigarette now and then. Socially, many people may distance themselves from you as they would not want to become a passive smoker. Medically, it affects your lungs terribly. You may face various respiratory diseases, some of them even incurable.
Several steps have been taken on both the government and private fronts. For instance, the short advertisements placed in the Hollywood films and television shows, before their commencement. Also, there is a short statutory warning regarding the harmful effects of cigarette in the footer of the screen if the characters are shown smoking one. Due to this grateful gesture of media house, people now realize the negative impacts of smoking in their lives. Watching the warning time and again unconsciously forces them to quit smoking. Obviously, not all the smokers get moved by these warnings. But for the ones who do this will happen if they decide to throw the cigarette out of their lives.
If you have thrown the last butt out of your hand, do not pick it up the new one at any cost. This is the first step of required change. Your body starts reacting in just after 20 minutes after you throw away your last cigarette. Thus, it is necessary to prepare yourself mentally to quit smoking forever, if you want to achieve the health benefits. If you face trouble in quitting, go through the following points. They may help you in the long run. Here are the benefits you can get if you leave the smoke out of your life. Also, there is a certain chronological order of achieving the benefits. So, try to stick to it for a long time. This might surprise you.
- 20 minutes later: There is a decrease in your blood pressure that leads to the further decrease in your pulse rate. You will feel that your hands and feet are getting warmer. You do not need to panic. This is normal.
- 8-12 hours later: There is a decrease in the level of carbon monoxide in your blood stream, and an increase in the oxygen level. Both the shifts are according to the normal level required by the body.
- 24 hours later: There is a significant decrease in the chances of you having a heart attack.
- 48 hours later: You can taste and smell better than before as there is re-growth of your nerve endings.
- 2 weeks later: There is an improvement in circulation, so you feel easy to move your muscles. You walk and run comparatively easily. Also, there is a decrease in the level of phlegm. The problem of cough and sneeze reduces substantially. After 3 months, there is an improvement in the functioning of the lung.
- 1 month later: There is a decrease in the problem related to sinus. You feel less fatigued. There is no shortness of breath. The cilia starts working properly by moving mucus out of the lungs.
- 1 year later: There is a decrease in the risk of you having a heart attack or any other coronary diseases. This fall is half of the chance that would have had if you were still a smoker.
- 5 years later: Interestingly, the chance of you experiencing a stroke comes back to normal. If you do not begin to smoke again, the chance subsides.
- 10 years later: Your body will be resistant to any sort of cancerous diseases.
- 15 years later: Your heart will be as healthy as a non-smoker. The risk of having any heart or coronary related disease will be as low as that of someone who never smoked.
So, in this case, quitting is not bad. Think about the money you can save if you stop buying expensive cigarettes. Also, you will have mental and social peace in your life.
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