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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Margo Cliche, Certified Tobacco Prevention Counselor