Benefits of Quitting
As soon as you quit, your body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking. See the health benefits you’ll experience as soon as 20 minutes to 15 years after quitting.
20 Minutes After Quitting:
- Your heart rate drops to a normal level.
12 Hours After Quitting:
- The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting:
- Your risk of having a heart attack begins to drop.
- Your lung function begins to improve.
1 to 9 Months After Quitting:
- Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
1 Year After Quitting:
- Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
5 to 15 Years After Quitting:
- Your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.
- Your risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, or esophagus is half that of a smoker’s.
10 Years After Quitting:
- Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a smoker’s.
- Your risk of getting bladder cancer is half that of a smoker’s.
- Your risk of getting cervical cancer or cancer of the larynx, kidney or pancreas decreases.
15 Years After Quitting:
- Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmoker.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004.
Health Benefits for Women who quit smoking
Health Benefit 1: Increase Your Fertility
The first health benefit for women who quit smoking is increase fertility. It has been found out that non-smoking women who are in the reproductive age are more fertile than women smokers. Quitting smoking helps in improving the uterus endomentrum (lining of the uterus) and increasing the chances of fertilization since the sperms become more potent.
Health Benefit 2: Conceive and Give Birth to a Healthy Baby
Smoking is highly discouraged in women who are pregnant since it increases the risk of congenital defects in the unborn baby. It is therefore important for women to quit smoking if they are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant for them to convince and give birth. It has also been found that women who smoke during pregnancy have higher chances of miscarriages than non-smokers.
Health Benefit 3: Improve your Sex Life and Orgasms
Women who stop smoking get improved blood flow that is important for sensitivity. Women who quit smoking have better arousals rates than women smokers. There is also an issue of better sexual appeal that is associated with women who do not smoke. Women who do not smoke are more appealing to their partners than those who smoke.
Health Benefit 4: Maintain a Healthy and Beautiful Skin
Smoking tends to aggravate the rate of aging and therefore women who smoke don’t benefit from delayed aging process unlike non-smokers. Quitting smoking helps in slowing down facial aging thereby helping you appear younger and beautiful. It has been argued that skin of non smoking women tend to be appealing since there are more nutrients and oxygen to nourish it than in the case of women smokers.
Health Benefit 5: Keep Your Teeth White
Every woman wants to have nice teeth that are white and gleaning. Tobacco is notorious for staining teeth and predisposes you to gum diseases. For better oral health, women who smoke are advised to quit smoking to help reduce teeth discoloration and development of gum disease.
Health Benefit 6: Get Your Fresh Breath Back
Women smokers tend to develop the long term problem of halitosis (bad breath). Quitting smoking helps you get your fresh breath back. Tobacco is a notorious bad breath cause which leads to social stigma. You should quit smoking to help solve bad breath problem.
Health Benefit 7: Improve Respiration
Quitting smoking helps the body to breath normally and reduces the work of lung’s cilia of removing the foreign bodies in the airways. This improves the breathing up to 10% within a few months as measured in lung capacity. You can regain your maximum lung capacity if you completely quit smoking. This also helps to prevent airways blockage disorders like bronchitis and inflammation of the lungs due to irritation (pneumonia)
Health Benefit: 8 Reduce Risk of Lung Cancer
The prevalence of lung cancer in people who smoke is higher than those who do not smoke. Considering the lung cancer risk posed by smoking, it is advisable that you quit. Nearly all cases of lung cancers development are associated with irritation of tobacco smoke either from smoking or secondary smoke. To reduce irritation of your airways and development of lung cancer, quitting smoking is inevitable.
Health Benefit 9: Increased Chances of Longevity
It has been found that nearly 50% of smokers tend to die early from smoking associated disease that include heart attacks, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis. It is therefore obvious that quitting smoking will add more year to your life and help you live a happy and disease free life.
Health Benefit 10: Reduce Stress and Fatigue
Several studies shows that smoking is closely associated with increased body stress levels and fatigue that is caused by nicotine dependence. Addiction to nicotine causes stress upon withdrawal of nicotine. Quitting smoking helps to improve the blood flow to different parts of the body and greatly reduces stress and fatigue.