Why Do We Do It?
We all know that smoking isn’t good for us and although we try to ignore it, the truth is there if we are honest. But exactly how bad it is for us may not as well known. Let’s take a look at some of the things our bodies suffer due to this addiction to cigarettes we have or have had.
Our lungs can be very badly affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just part of the problem. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. Smoking is also responsible for 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
It’s true that the early signs of COPD can be and are often dismissed as “smoker’s cough”. However, if people continue to smoke and the condition worsens, it can have serious repercussions on their quality of life. The progression of the disease can be slowed down and quitting smoking is the most effective way to do this. Lung problems are usually at the top of the list when we think of smoking related problems. However, smoking effects almost every part of the body and we’ll look at a few of the issues here.
Everyone knows that smoking does damage to the heart and blood circulation, increasing the risk of conditions such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, as well as causing peripheral vascular disease (damaged blood vessels) and cerebrovascular disease (damaged arteries that supply blood to your brain).
The carbon monoxide from the smoke and nicotine both strain the heart by making it pump faster. They also increase your risk of blood clots. Other chemicals in cigarette smoke can also damage the lining of your coronary arteries. In fact, smoking doubles your risk of having a heart attack, and if you smoke, you also have twice the risk of dying from coronary heart disease than lifetime non-smokers. Don’t despair because if you quit smoking today, within a year, that risk is cut in half. The longer you go without smoking, the more the damage repairs itself, so quit smoking and get on the path to better health.
Skin And Bones
We need oxygen to live, that’s a simple fact. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches the skin. This means that if you smoke, your skin ages more quickly and looks grey and dull. The toxins in your body can also cause cellulite.
Smoking can prematurely age the skin by ten to twenty years. Smoking makes it three times more likely you’ll get facial wrinkling, particularly around the eyes and mouth. Smoking often gives you a sallow, yellow-grey complexion and hollow cheeks.
There’s still hope because the good news is that once you stop smoking, you will prevent further deterioration to your skin caused by smoking.
Smoking causes the bones to become weak and brittle. Women need to be especially careful as they are more likely to suffer from brittle bones (osteoporosis) than non-smokers.
What Happens When I Quit?
Other parts of the body that suffer from smoking are the stomach, brain, circulation, reproduction and fertility, as well as the mouth and throat. Smoking takes its toll on nearly every part of our bodies and one has to ask, ‘why do we do it?’. The question isn’t as easy to answer as you may think, especially when once we quit smoking, the body begins to repair the damage caused by smoking in record time!
In fact, within just twenty minutes after you put your last cigarette out your blood pressure and pulse begin to regulate to a normal rate and your hands and feet begin to warm up as your circulation improves.
Carbon monoxide forces oxygen from your blood which affect the brain and blood, but within eight hours of quitting smoking the amount of nicotine and carbon monoxide in your body are decreased by half.
You’re probably experiencing cravings by now and you can try different things to help you overcome these and it’s well worth it because within twelve hours your carbon monoxide level is back to normal. Your heart doesn’t have to work harder and faster now, which makes you feel a whole lot better.
Within forty-eight hours, your sense of taste and smell are improved and your body is steadily ridding itself of the junk leftover from cigarettes such as mucous and the nicotine is nearly gone. This is when your cravings intensify, but hang in there, not only will you be free of them soon, you are well on the road to recovery.
Day three sees your breathing improve, you are able to exercise without tiring so easily and the lungs are recovering very well.
Three months see you with stronger, clearer lungs, more energy, clearer thoughts and the risk of a heart attack decreases even more. You may still struggle with cravings, as we all have different triggers and tolerance, but you have made it through the toughest part of withdrawal and if you can just hang in there, you will be a certified non-smoker.
Something To Consider
I smoked for forty-five years and I honestly thought it was impossible for me to ever be free of the habit. Yet, today, I am totally free of smoking and I have Vaping to thank for it. I had tried everything to quit but nothing ever worked and every time I failed, I felt worse and more certain it was an impossible feat. It isn’t. Get started today and see how good it feels both emotionally and physically to finally beat the habit.
There are plenty of choices in the Vape world to help you overcome smoking and trust me, it’s far easier than you may think. Grab yourself a starter kit if you’re still not ready to totally commit and because they have everything you need to get you started, you can be cigarette free in the blink of an eye. Good Luck!