We are all aware that smoking is harmful to our health. Despite this, some older people who have been smoking for a long time do not see the point in stopping. It’s never too late, though, to quit smoking and improve your quality of life. Today, we’ll explore the top 3 reasons why you should stub out and quit smoking as soon as you can!
1. Because you would want the best for your loved ones
You are not just protecting yourself when you quit smoking! You’re safeguarding everyone in your immediate vicinity, including your loved ones. Inhaling secondhand smoke raises the risk of lung cancer and heart disease by 24% and 25% in children and adults, respectively.
Furthermore, because children breathe more quickly than adults, secondhand smoke is particularly harmful to them. This puts them at risk of meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia.
2. Because you will be able to feel its effects immediately
It is never too late for you to quit smoking. It was found that men who quit smoking at the age of 60 will live an extra three years! Think of how much more you can do in that three years. Besides, when you decide to put out that last cigarette, its positive effects are numerous and immediate. Whether you’re a lifetime smoker or someone who just picked it up, here’s what happens when you choose to stub out:
- After 20 minutes, your pulse rate returns to normal.
- After 8 hours, the nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood reduce by more than half. Your oxygen levels return to normal.
- After 48 hours, carbon monoxide will be removed from your body. Your lungs will begin to clear out mucus and other debris. Your ability to taste and smell will improve.
- After 72 hours breathing will become easier as your bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
- Over the next few weeks and months, your circulation will improve.
- After a year, your risk of heart disease is about half compared to a smoker
3. Because you would decrease your risk of cancer
Quitting smoking can prevent new DNA damage from occurring and can also aid in the restoration of existing damage. Smoking cessation is the most effective way to reduce your risk of cancer.
Besides, 10 years after you stop smoking, the risk of lung cancer falls to around half that of a smoker!
Stub out that cigarette
Quitting smoking has health implications for just about every organ in your body, from your brain to your DNA. So stub out that cigarette in your hand and make that you last.