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World No Tobacco Day 2016 – 10 health benefits of quitting smoking
Rod Beckwith May 31, 2016

World No Tobacco Day 201610 health benefits of quitting smoking

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We know that smoking is damaging to our health, but did you know that smoking is actually the leading risk factor for preventable cancer and that 1 in 5 cancer deaths can be attributed to smoking?

This is because cigarettes contain more than 60 chemicals that cause cancer. When you inhale cigarette smoke these chemicals enter your lungs and spread through your body via blood and lymph systems.

Just over 16% of Australians smoke, but 3 in 4 smokers say they are interested in quitting.

Watch our video for 10 tips to quit smoking

 

Why stop?

10 health benefits of quitting smoking

1.Breathe easier

You can breathe more easily and cough less when you give up smoking because your lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months.

In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go for a run, but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age.

In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and wheezing when you go for a walk or climb the stairs.

 

2.More energised

Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking your blood circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier.

You will also give a boost to your immune system, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body can also reduce tiredness and the likelihood of headaches.

 

3.Less stressed

The withdrawal from nicotine between cigarettes can heighten feelings of stress. As the stress of withdrawal feels the same as other stresses, it’s easy to confuse normal stress with nicotine withdrawal.  So, it can seem like smoking is reducing other stresses whereas this is not the case.

In fact, scientific studies show people’s stress levels are lower after they stop smoking.

 

4.Better sex life

Stopping smoking improves the body’s blood flow so improves sensitivity.

Men who stop smoking may get better erections. Women may find their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily.

It’s also been found that non-smokers are three times more appealing to prospective partners than smokers

 

5.Improves fertility

Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and can make men’s sperm more potent.

Becoming a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving naturally and through IVF, and reduces the likelihood of having a miscarriage.

Most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.

 

6.Taste and smell enhanced

When you stop smoking, your senses of smell and taste get a boost. You may notice that food tastes and smells different as your mouth and nose recover from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes.

 

7.Younger looking skin

Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles.

The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and stopping smoking can reverse the sallow, lined

 

8.Whiter teeth and better breath

Giving up tobacco stops teeth becoming stained, and you’ll have fresher breath. Ex-smokers are also less likely than smokers to get gum disease and lose their teeth prematurely.

 

9.Live longer

Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart diseaselung cancer and chronic bronchitis.

Men who quit smoking by the age of 30 add 10 years to their life. People who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life.

It’s never too late to benefit from quitting. Being smoke-free not only adds years to your life, but also greatly improves your chances of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age.

 

10.Protects your loved ones

By stopping smoking, you’ll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family, too.

Breathing in second hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. In children it doubles the risk of getting chest illnesses, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma.

They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.

Book an appointment today with your Reliance GP and take the first steps to quitting this World No Tobacco Day. Call 02 4304 1333. www.reliancehealth.com.au
Read more at http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/72016/uncategorized/world-no-tobacco-day-31st-may/#5hYkoRYBGSZTqOt1.99

 

Tools and resources to help quit smoking

http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/quitting-methods#quitbuddy

http://www.quitcoach.org.au/

http://www.quitnow.gov.au/internet/quitnow/publishing.nsf/Content/coping-strategies

http://www.cancercouncil.com.au/72016/uncategorized/world-no-tobacco-day-31st-may/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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