Cigarette smoke has thousands of chemicals that can cause harm to your body in many ways. Lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder cancer, heart disease, atherosclerosis and even death are all related to smoking.
According to a World Health Organization report on global tobacco epidemic in 2011, about half of tobacco smokers will die from a disease related to their smoking. In the United States, 400,000 annual deaths are related to smoking. Smokers lose a whole decade of their lives due to smoking related cause of death. It will always be beneficial to quit smoking since you will be at less risk of getting many diseases and health hazards. Quitting at a younger age is even more beneficial and sometimes it may be like people who had never smoked.
The benefits of quitting smoking are immediate and will last for long as your body loses harmful substances and regain its regenerative ability. The New England Journal of Medicine has published a study of 216,917 adults; 122,810 women and 94,107 men who were followed for years to end up with that; people who quit smoking at 45 years of age have reduced death risk by two thirds and gained about 6 years of life and can increase to 9 years when quitting before 35. This was conducted by following a large number of smokers for many decades to compare death rate from smoking related illness and the whole outcome.
In another study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers followed 104,519 smoking females for more than 20 years to conclude that; the risk of mortality from smoking related illness decreases immediately after quitting smoking and can reach similar risk to those who never smoked after 20 years of quitting. The benefits are always better when you quit earlier. Similar data applies to all races and countries all over the globe. Higher smoking related illness prevails in low socioeconomic communities where higher smoking percentage among population is also present.
What happens when you decide to quit smoking? First, you will finally feel a relief from the chronic symptoms of respiratory irritation. Cough will disappear. Night sleep will improve and food habits will be more healthier. On the long run, respiratory functions will be back to normal. Cardiac and vascular capacity will improve and the risk of cardiac ischemia will be almost similar to normal population. The risk of pancreatic cancer and other cancers will eventually decrease but will be still higher than those who never smoked. This is why you can’t just think it is safe to smoke until 35 or 40 then quit.
There are many ways to help you quit smoking. Every effort should be made to help eliminate the first preventable cause of death among Americans.
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