Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Advantages of Being Smoke Free
Becoming a non-smoker has great health benefits for everyone. It helps men and women of any age breathe easier, it removes the danger of second hand smoke to those around you, including children, pregnant women and even your pets. Youíll be amazed to find that your body begins to recover from damage caused by cigarettes, and improve your health in as little as 20 minutes after laying down your last smoke!
Gain Better Health in Minutes
Once you have taken the steps to take smoking out of your life, your body will immediately begin to recover from the effects of tobacco. According to the National Cancer Institute, these are some of the changes and health benefits that occur over time:
Pregnancy: be smoke free for you and your child
Women who smoke, or are significantly exposed to second hand smoke, put their child at unnecessary risk for many adverse conditions. Smoking inhibits the growth rate of children, often denying them the oxygen they need to develop properly, causing retarded growth. This environment causes low birth weight and/or premature birth of the child.
After the child is born, infants exposed to smoke both in the womb and post natal may develop cognitive problems including poor memory, vocabulary and language skills. They may develop attention deficit disorder (ADD), as well as other behavioral characteristics including negativity, impulsivity and aggressiveness.
The good news is women who stop smoking before becoming pregnant or who quit smoking in the first 3 months of pregnancy can reverse the risk of low birth weight for the baby and reduce other pregnancy-associated risks.
Itís never too late to quit smoking
Some older adults may not realize the benefits of quitting smoking; however, smokers who quit before age 50 have half the risk of dying in the next 16 years compared with people who continue to smoke. By age 64, a former smokerís overall chance of death is similar to that of someone the same age who has never smoked. Older adults who quit smoking also have a reduced risk of dying from coronary heart disease and lung cancer. Additional, immediate benefits such as improved circulation, and increased energy and breathing capacity, are other good reasons for older adults to become smoke free.
Smoking and Your Home
Being a non smoker improves the quality of your home. When your home is smoke-free, it will smell much better and youíll spend less time, energy, and money cleaning your curtains, walls, windows, and mirrors. Check with your insurance company and many of your rates may be lowered. In addition, according to the National Fire Protections Association (www.nfpa.org) smoking cigarettes, cigars or other materials are the leading cause of fire deaths (807), and the third leading cause of fire injuries (2,193) in the United States. Roughly one of every four fire deaths in the 1999 was caused by smoking. By quitting you will reduce smoking dangers in all facets of your life, and by quitting smoking you're setting a good example. You're showing those around you that a life without cigarettes is a longer, healthier, happier life. Donít wait, start today!
Source: National Institutes of Health