Why Should I Quit?
There are so many well-known reasons. When you quit, you’ll feel
better and cut your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or
cancer. It’s worth it, even if you’ve smoked for a long time.
What’s the First Step to Quitting?
You should set a quit date — the day when you will quit smoking
and start to break free of your tobacco addiction. Then,
consider visiting your doctor before the quit date. Your doctor
can give you practical advice and let you know if any tobacco
replacement or medication would help.
I Smoke When I Drink. Do I Have to Give Up Alcohol?
It’s best to drink less or avoid drinking alcohol for the first
3 months after you quit. Booze is a common trigger for smoking.
What if I’ve Tried Before?
It’s still possible. Most people try to quit smoking at least
two or three times before they are successful. Think about your
past attempts to quit. What worked? What didn’t? What might you
do differently this time?
Stages of Quitting:
By the end of a work day, you have half the amount of nicotine
and carbon monoxide in your blood. Carbon monoxide is a chemical
in cigarettes, and it crowds out oxygen in your blood. But as
the chemical’s levels drop, your oxygen gets back to normal.
Halfway through your first day, your carbon monoxide level is
back to normal. And your heart will thank you. Now it doesn’t
have to pump so hard to try to get enough oxygen to your body.
If you smoke a pack a day, you’re twice as likely to have a
heart attack as a nonsmoker. But go one full day without a
cigarette, and you’ve lowered your chances.
With 2 days down, treat yourself to something tasty. By this
point, your senses of taste and smell get sharper as your nerve
endings start to heal. This is also about the time when the
toughest withdrawal symptoms show up. You might feel anxious,
dizzy, hungry, or tired. You might get headaches or feel bored
By the end of day 3, you breathe easier and have more energy.
Your lungs start to recover and will keep getting better.
2 Weeks – 3 Months
During this time, you make huge strides. You can do more because
your lungs are stronger and clearer, and your blood flow has
improved. You can exercise without getting as winded. And your
risk of a heart attack goes down even more. Even so, you’ll
probably still get cravings. Think about the money you’re
saving. Or try 10 deep breaths, nice and slow.
At this point, you can take deeper, clearer breaths. Instead of
hacking, you cough in a helpful way that actually clears things
out. That helps you get fewer colds and other illnesses. You’ll
also have more energy.
At the end of year 1, treat yourself. You’ve reached a
milestone. And your risk of heart disease is now half of what it
was a year ago.
Your chances of a stroke and cervical cancer are now the same as
a nonsmoker. And compared to when you first quit, you’re half as
likely to get cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, or
Compared to someone who still smokes, you’re now half as likely
to die from lung cancer. And the chances you’ll get cancer of
the larynx (voice box) and pancreas both drop.
Finally, after 15 years of not smoking, the chances that you’ll
get heart disease are the same as if you never smoked. Your body
has done a ton of recovery and healing.
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