It is Never Late to Quit Smoking

Healthy Living Tip#2 It is Never Late to Quit Smoking

It is a well-known fact that Smoking is Injurious to Health and Smoking Kills. But do smokers really care about it? Of course, no one cares. Why? Well, it is because Nicotine in cigarette makes smokers get addicted to it.

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Smoking_Kills

The nicotine in cigarette reaches brain so fast and as soon as it reaches, the brain releases a chemical called “dopamine”.  This chemical gives instant pleasure and over a period of time, brain expects regular nicotine bursts which makes the smoker addicted to cigarettes.

This post is intended to create awareness on smoking and its effects on our body and help smokers, your near and dear ones to quit smoking.


Are you a smoker who quit smoking and lead a smoke free life? Share your success story and tips to help others. Take initiative now and help the struggling buddies out there. Send us an email with your story at mani@livinghealthywithmani.com with less than 400 words along with your photo and biographical information. Your story will be published in http://www.livinghealthywithmani.com


What is there in a Cigarette?

According to CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention), tobacco smoke contains more than 7000 chemicals and hundreds of them are toxic. And more than 70 causes cancer. Here are some of the chemicals from tobacco smoke.

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Tobacco smoke has cancer causing chemicals, poisonous gas and toxic metals
Cancer Causing Chemicals
  1. Formaldehyde – A chemical used to embalm dead bodies
  2. Benzene – A chemical found in gasoline
  3. Polonium – Radioactive and very toxic
  4. Vinyl Chloride – Used to make pipes
Toxic Metals
  1. Chromium – Used to make steel
  2. Arsenic – Used in pesticides
  3. Lead – Used in paints
  4. Cadmium – Used to make batteries
Poisonous Gas
  1. Carbon Monoxide – Found in car exhaust
  2. Hydrogen Cyanide – Used in chemical weapons
  3. Ammonia – Used in household cleaners
  4. Butane – Used in lighter fluid
  5. Toluene – Found in paint thinners.

What happens in your body when you smoke?

When a smoker inhales tobacco smoke,

  1. The chemicals in tobacco smoke reaches the lungs in few seconds
  2. It then reaches brain in less than 10 seconds & the brain releases dopamine which gives pleasure.
  3. Next, the chemicals enters the bloodstream.
  4. The chemicals in blood are then carried to every part of the body.
  5. These chemicals then cause irritation and inflammation in lungs, blood vessels, delicate lining of organs, and other delicate tissues in the body.
  6. Your immune system starts working to heal the damage caused by tobacco smoke.
  7. If you keep smoking, it puts lot of pressure on your immune system and makes it work over time.
  8. This creates stress to your body and thus causes many diseases.

Smoking Health Risks:

Smoking can damage almost every part of the body and can cause 9 types of cancer and 10 types of chronic diseases. Look at the infographic below (Credit: CDC).

Risks From Smoking: Smoking Can Damage Every Part of the Body.
Risks From Smoking: Smoking Can Damage Every Part of the Body.

What Happens to your body when you quit smoking?

This is what happens when you quit smoking according to CDC

After 20 Mins : Heart rate stabilizes

After 12 Hours : Carbon monoxide in your blood stream comes back to normal

After 3 Months : Risk of heart attack starts to reduce and lungs start to function effectively

After 9 Months : Coughing and shortness of breathe decreases

After 1 Year : Chances of getting coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker

After 5 years : Risk of stroke is reduced and chances of getting mouth, bladder, throat and esophagus cancer is halved.

After 10 years : Chances of death from lung cancer is halved and risk of kidney and pancreas cancer decreases

After 15 Years : Chances of coronary heart disease is same as that of nonsmoker.

How to Quit Smoking?

Quitting is difficult but definitely possible. First few days of quitting is generally stressful. The nicotine craving lasts only few weeks. Listed below are some of the methods which helps quit smoking.

Quit Medication:

Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) – This is a medication which helps your withdrawal symptoms and nicotine cravings. In this method, a small amount of nicotine is given to you to control your nicotine craving. There are many types of NRT available like Gums, patches, Lozenge, inhaler and nasal sprays. You can choose whichever suits best for you. It is recommended to combine the NRT with the below free tools offered by Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here to know more about Nicotine Replacement Therapy.

Smoke Free Phone Apps:

Quit Guide App – This is a free mobile application which helps you understand your smoking patterns and help build skills to stay smoke free. You can create milestones, track it, identify smoking triggers and much more. Click here to know more about Quit Guide App.

QuitStart App – This is also a mobile application and specifically developed for teens who struggle to quit. Adults can also use this. Click here to know more about Quitstart App.

Smoke Free Texting Programs:

Many text message programs are offered by US government to help you quit smoking. Some of them are listed below. Click on the links to signup for these text programs.

Tips From Former Smokers: Smoking Causes Immediate Damage to Your Body. Learn More.

  1. Daily Challenges
  2. Healthy You TXT
  3. Smoke Free MOM
  4. Smoke Free TXT
Quitlines:

Toll free numbers are provided by US government which gives you free advice to quit smoking. Call below numbers for help.

  1. 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
  2. 1-877-44U-QUIT (1-877-448-7848)

Conclusion:

Smoking is indeed injurious to health. It is the primary source of death in US. Cigarette smoking leads to over 480,000 deaths each year in the US. Quitting is difficult but the US government offers multi various programs to help you quit smoking. Smoke free life leads to a healthy lifestyle, increases your life expectancy and makes you stay longer with your beloved ones. Think many times about the consequences and take a life changing decision today.

If you liked our post, please share it with your friends and help spread the awareness.


Are you a smoker who quit smoking and lead a smoke free life? Share your success story and tips to help others. Take initiative now and help the struggling buddies out there. Send us an email with your story at mani@livinghealthywithmani.com with less than 400 words along with your photo and biographical information. Your story will be published in http://www.livinghealthywithmani.com


6 Comments

  1. Neil

    Mani this is powerful stuff, you have so much fantastic information here, thank you for providing all of this.

    Neil

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  2. Alex

    This is a topic that resonates with me personally having grown up with 2 parents who smoked like chimneys. They thankfully quit though only recently and I intent to share this website with them so they can continue to be motivated to stay quitted from smoking. Thank you for providing a wonderful and much needed resource for those who struggle with or are considering quitting smoking.

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    • Mani

      Hello Alex,

      My father was also a chain smoker and that was one of the reason why I never tried smoking. I saw the side effects of smoking in my father’s case and that provoked me to write this page. I thank you for sharing this post and spreading the awareness.

      Regards,
      Mani Y

      Reply
  3. Lindsey Richardson

    I am sooooo glad that I quit smoking over 5 years ago! However, I did not realise that still now after all this time I am still at risk. Scary stuff!

    Very informative Mani. If after reading this people dont quit smoking, there is no hope!

    Lindsey

    Reply

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