Many people consider the benefits of quitting primarily financially. If it is this issue that is the greatest motivation for people struggling with addiction and will lead to saying goodbye to addiction, then of course it is not worth discussing this approach. These benefits, however, involve something much more valuable than money – and that is health, of course! What can you expect when you quit smoking?
- Within several dozen hours of smoking your last cigarette, your blood pressure will drop and your risk of having a heart attack will drop. In addition, the amount of oxygen in the blood will increase, and you will feel or feel tastes and smells with a much greater intensity!
- Within a few months of quitting smoking, your condition will improve – shortness of breath and the feeling of not being able to catch your breath will decrease significantly. The smoker’s cough will also disappear, as well as the need to clear the throat and cough up the secretions in the bronchi.
- One year after quitting smoking, your risk of a heart attack will decrease by half.
After 5 years, the risk of stroke will decrease, and the risk of lung cancer, laryngeal cancer and other cancers of the respiratory tract will be halved.
- After 10 years of abstinence from cigarettes, you will be at risk of developing coronary heart disease as it is in people who have never smoked.
15 years after stopping smoking, your risk of lung cancer will also be that of people who have never smoked.
If the reversible effects of cigarette smoking mentioned above convince you to quit smoking, but you still don’t know how to go about it, read one of our articles on this topic – 4 best ways to quit smoking. There you will find advice on, for example, pharmacological support, which definitely facilitates the entire process of saying goodbye to addiction. Good luck!