Smoking: Why You Should Quit

Why You Should Quit Smoking!

Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on November 21 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. Take an important step toward a healthier life and reduce your cancer risk.

Why should you quit smoking? Here is what happens to your body once your stop smoking:

Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette:

  • Blood pressure drops to normal
  • Pulse rate drops to normal rate
  • Body temperature of hand and feet increased to normal

Within 8 hours:

  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

Within 48 hours:

  • Nerve endings start to regrow
  • Ability to smell and to taste things enhance

With 2 weeks to 3 months:

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases up to 30%

Within 1 to 9 months:

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decreases
  • Cilia regrowth in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection
  • The body’s overall energy level increases
  • Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 3 to 4 years:

  • The risk of cancers in the larynx and bladder decreases

Within 5 years:

  • The risk of cancers of the esophagus and mouth decreases

After 10 years:

  • The risk of cancer of the pancreas decreases
  • The risk of lung cancer is about 30% to 50% of the risk in continuing smoking. The longer you stay quit, the more the risk declines.

Weeks is here to help you quit smoking.

Weeks offers a regular six-week tobacco cessation program called FreshStart. Smokers will learn to become tobacco free in a professionally managed and supportive group environment. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Understanding why you smoke
  • Effects of smoking on you and those around you
  • Nicotine replacement products
  • Stress management and weight control techniques
  • Staying smoke free

For more information, contact Margo Cliche at 603-788-5023 or at margo.cliche@weeksmedical.org.

Click here for information about the Great American Smokeout.

By Margo Cliche, Certified Tobacco Prevention Counselor