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Benefits of quitting smoking

What are the harmful health effects of smoking?

Smoking affects almost all the organs in the body.

Some of the most pronounced harmful effects of smoking are as follows:

Cancers:

Smoking is known to be one the leading causes of cancers. Smoking causes cancers of the lung, oesophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, bladder, pancreas, stomach and cervix. Smoking also causes acute myeloid leukemia.

Cardiovascular disorders:

Smoking causes heart attack, aortic aneurism which is a balloon like bulge in the artery in the chest, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, emphysema, asthma, pneumonia and other airway infections,

Other disorders:

Smoking is also a major cause of stroke, hip fractures, cataracts and eye problems.

Pregnancy related disorders:

A pregnant smoker not only causes harm to her own body but also to the unborn child growing within her. There is risk of the baby being born too early in the pregnancy and the baby could have low birth weight. The child is also exposed to the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). A male smoker is always at the risk of having an erectile dysfunction.

Overall, smoking reduces life expectancy and is the reason for untimely deaths across the globe.

Addiction to smoking:

Nicotine is the substance which is present in the tobacco plant naturally. Therefore it is present in all tobacco products including cigarettes. Nicotine upon entering the body enters the lungs. From the lungs it gets easily and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Once inside the bloodstream, this nicotine travels up to the brain in a matter of seconds. This leads to addiction. Shockingly nicotine is as addictive as drugs like heroin and cocaine.

Enhancement in well-being after quitting smoking:

Apart from the medical benefits from the diseases mentioned above, there are several other benefits in the overall well-being of a person which stem from quitting smoking. Lets have a look at these benefits:

Relief from chronic cough:

All smokers suffer from something called the smoker’s cough. It basically involves the drying of space between the tongue and the stomach. This smoker’s cough can be a reason for embarrassment when in a social set up. Once a person stops smoking, he/ she realises the benefits within a week. The benefits include not feeling the urge to clear the throat intermittently and no smoker’s cough.

Relief from the smell:

Smokers are known to reek of that horrendous smell. A lot of chronic smokers lose out of friends and people from visiting their homes due to typical smell that comes from their clothes, homes, car and even their pets. After a smoker quits smoking, he/ she feels the change in a few days time when they do not smell and stink anymore.

Improved productivity:

Smoking kills the productivity at work and household chores. The person feels tired and drained out most of the time. Once you quit smoking, you will feel the rush of energy and will notice the improvement in the productivity at work and at home.

Physical appearance:

People who are chronic smokers are known to age earlier than those who don’t smoke. Their skin is more dry and wrinkly, their hair greys sooner, their teeth are stained, their contact lenses dry out sooner and they are extremely low on their self-confidence. Once you stop smoking, you start taking physical appearance seriously. The battered self- confidence returns to normal and the greying of the hair reduces.

Better sex:

Stopping smoking improves the blood flow in the body and increases sensitivity. Quitting smoking definitely is a good sign for a healthy sex life.

Increased fertility:

Quitting smoking improves the uterine lining in women and makes men more potent. Thus, it increases fertility.

Longer life:

Better concentration levels, lower stress levels and increased flow of blood in the body parts are certainly the roads to prolonged life and increased life expectancy.

Improved smell and taste:

A cleaner mouth and non-choked nostrils give a person a better understanding of the food and smells.

Quitting smoking has tremendous positive effects on the overall well being of a person individually and the family as unit.

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