On this World No Tobacco Day, we are reminded of one of the greatest public health epidemics of our time. According to the World Health Organization, more than 7 million people worldwide will die this year from tobacco use, whether direct or indirect (from secondhand smoke). Tobacco users face all kinds of dangerous health consequences, including increased risks of cancer, heart attack, and stroke.
The best time to quit is always today. QuitNet is here to help!
Take a quick look at how your body will respond to such a positive change, from the moment you decide to quit:
20 minutes into your quit:
Your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal.
Most of the carbon monoxide in your blood is gone, and your blood oxygen level is near normal. Your circulation improves. Your fingers and toes feel warmer.
Your nerve endings, damaged by tobacco use, begin to regrow. The food you prepare smells and tastes better than you remembered.
The nicotine in your system is just about gone, and the bronchial tubes in your lungs relax. Deep breaths fill your lungs with more air.
You may already feel changes in your quality of life, like enjoying fresher breath and clean-smelling hair, radiating good self image and self-esteem, and saving the money you would have spent on tobacco products.
Two to three weeks:
Your lung capacity and circulation are improving dramatically. Increased stamina and endurance allow for more intense exercise.
One to nine months:
Your lungs repair themselves, and your chance of infection is reduced. You experience less coughing and fatigue, and your overall energy is up. You’re feeling great!
The risk of dying from heart attack and stroke is reduced by up to 50%. Your risk for coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
Your risk of developing lung cancer, as well as cancer of the throat, mouth, and esophagus, are half that of a smoker’s.
Five to fifteen years:
Your risk of experiencing a stroke is reduced to that of someone who never smoked.
Your risk of developing heart disease is similar to that of someone who never smoked.
Nonsmokers enjoy a greater life expectancy and overall quality of life.
Quitting is hard, but there are plenty of resources to help you do it. If you’re ready to quit, the QuitNet community is here to help you through it. QuitNet members have access to online coaching, 24/7 community support, and NRT (nicotine replacement therapy) ordering.
We had some real QuitNet members share their real experiences. Check out their inspiring message in the video below!
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