Have you started vapearing yet? As we navigate through Stoptober, whether you have begun the great abandonment or have not yet begun your quest to enjoy a smoke-free life, it can be helpful to remind ourselves of the rewards that await us.
Let’s take a look at the tangible benefits that you, your body and your loved ones will experience when you quit smoking, and why you should start vapearing today to prepare you to live a smoke-free life.
Why should you quit smoking today?
It may not come as a surprise, but smoking cigarettes is bad for you. In fact, smoking anything through the process of burning something that you then inhale will never be considered a good idea, will it?
Every time someone lights up a cigarette; carbon monoxide, tar and tens of thousands of carcinogenic materials are released into the smoker’s lungs and bloodstream. The serious health risks to which smokers are exposed every time they smoke include numerous fatal consequences. Tobacco-related diseases, which account for 16% of adult deaths, include lung, mouth, throat and nose cancer, as well as risks of heart disease, stroke and lung disease.
You may notice that when smoking a cigarette, the smoker only inhales a small fraction of the smoke released. The excess smoke containing all of the above unpleasant substances spreads from your personal space, subsequently affecting those close to you. Even after you finish a cigarette, you will continue to breathe out cancerous smoke from your lungs for the next 10 to 15 minutes. This means exposing those closest to you to the harmful health risks of your excess smoke.
How your body will benefit when you stop smoking
Now that we have been scared and successfully subjected to the dangers and risks they pose to you and your loved ones every time you smoke, let’s take a look at the benefits that await the brave and bold. The body is a remarkable kit when it comes down to it.
With time, patience and perseverance, the body will recover and the results will be tangible. Let’s take a look at a brief timeline of events and how your body reacts to a newly discovered smoke-free form:
- The first day without a cigarette will potentially be the most difficult challenge, but it will get better.
- After that, on the second day, the remaining carbon monoxide from your last few cigarettes will begin to leave your body. Your lungs are grateful, starting to clear out all that nasty mucus and tar that’s left inside.
- On the third day, you will notice that breathing has become easier and that your overall energy levels are increasing.
- Between three and nine months, any coughing or wheezing you may have been experiencing will improve as your lung function increases by 10%.
- It’s been a year, congratulations! Your risk of heart attack will be reduced by 50% compared to when you were a smoker.
Over time, you will begin to see even more fantastic changes in your health. By the fifth year, the risk of diabetes that can develop as a long-term smoker is now the same as for a non-smoker.
From that period to ten years without a cigarette, the chances of having a stroke are now the same as for a non-smoker. Ten years have passed and the risk of death from lung cancer has been halved. Finally, with 15 years under your belt, the risk of a heart attack is now the same as someone who has never smoked. Keep fighting that battle.
It is important to keep in mind that the option of going to the ‘Cold Turkey’ should be avoided. The stress, anxiety and pressure that nicotine withdrawal puts on the body is simply not worth the potential pain and distress. By choosing to vape, you can significantly reduce the damage cigarette smoke has on your body and slowly give up nicotine completely.
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