Smoking is the largest cause of cancer in the UK and on average smokers live 10 years less than non-smokers.
Tobacco contains over 5,000 chemicals which includes nicotine and tar. Many of the chemicals are poisonous and at least 70 of these can cause cancer.
Looking at this information, it’s clear to see there are guaranteed to be many health benefits when someone quits smoking. Let’s take a look at a few of these benefits in more detail.
Within 9 months of quitting, lung capacity improves by up to 10%. This allows for easier breathing and less coughing as a result.
Young smokers under the age of 30 may not notice this until they go for a run because lung capacity naturally diminishes with age. But in later years, the difference in lung capacity between smokers and non-smokers will be much more noticeable.
Having maximum lung capacity allows for a much more active lifestyle later on in a non-smokers life.
More Energy and Less Stress
Blood circulation will improve within 12 weeks of quitting smoking and as a result, any physical activity will be much easier to partake in.
Not only this, your immune system will be given a boost making it easier to fight of colds and other illnesses.
Another major health benefit of quitting is the levels of stress. In between cigarettes there is a withdrawal of nicotine which can heighten the feelings of stress.
As a result of quitting, stress levels will be reduced and there are plenty of other ways to deal with life’s other stresses.
Younger Looking Skin
Upon quitting smoking it has been found that the appearance of wrinkles and facial ageing is delayed.
Also, the skin of a non-smoker will get more nutrients including oxygen.
Sweeter Breath & Whiter Teeth
Not only will you have fresher breath, your teeth will benefit hugely when you ditch the cigarettes. They will stop being stained and you will have whiter teeth than if you were to carry on smoking.
Also, you are less likely to prematurely loose teeth or to get gum disease if you quit.
As you can see there are many health benefits to quitting smoking. If you’re worried about how to start this process, you could always opt for a slightly healthier option whilst trying to quit tobacco: e-cigarettes.
In a recent NHS study it was found that ‘Vaping is far safer than smoking’ – https://www.nhs.uk/news/heart-and-lungs/long-term-vaping-far-safer-than-smoking-says-landmark-study/.
You may thing e-cigarettes are rather expensive but e-liquid can be quite cheap if you look in the right places!
So, before going cold turkey it may be worth checking out e-cigarettes as an interim option in the process of fully quitting.