Benefits of Giving Up Smoking

Learning the benefits of giving up smoking was something my brother-in-law never had to tackle because he was never addicted to tobacco. He’d have an open pack in his suit jacket, sometimes for weeks. He’d forget it was there. Maybe he smoked two or three sticks during a week, but the rest went totally stale.

He’d toss the open pack and start over with a fresh one. One day he decided to just quit the habit—-just like that!— and never looked back.

I wish that were me, or so I thought at the time. I became a 2-1/2 pack smoker and destroyed half my lung capacity in the process. Decades later, I moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

I loved it there, but its 7000+ feet made it so difficult for me to breathe that I had to move to a lower altitude. Once the sacs in your lungs get filled with tobacco goop, they weaken from no inhalation activity. Smoker’s cough can rupture them, which reduces your breathing capacity. That’s what happened to me. I wish I could grow new sacs. Maybe in my next life.

Reversing Lung Damage From Smoking

When you quit smoking, and provided you haven’t done irreparable damage to your lungs, your blood pressure and pulse will return to normal. Likewise with nicotine and carbon monoxide levels. The lungs clear out mucous and particles and your circulation is improved…more benefits of giving up smoking.

Within months smoker’s cough, wheezing and breathing problems start to fall.

In a few years, your risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.

The risk of lung cancer falls to about half of a smoker in perhaps 10 years later. Perhaps the same for a heart attack.

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Quitting smoking is a process…easier for some than others.

It can be very hard. So don’t quit before the miracle happens.

But when you do, you’ll have the new-found confidence that you finally took control of your life and meet any new challenge. It doesn’t get much better than that, and may be the greatest of the benefits of giving up smoking.

Smoking causes a narrowing of blood vessels from the chemicals in the cigarettes (it’s called atherosclerosis). People who smoke are at increased risk for heart attack or stroke.

Smoking decreases the amount of oxygen in the blood because of the carbon monoxide in the cigarette smoke. Without adequate oxygen, the heart pumps harder to supply the needed oxygen, raising your blood pressure.

Additionally, smoking tobacco can cause dangerous plaque to build up in heart blood vessels, and could also damage vessel linings. The plaque buildup constricts blood flow, causing blood pressure to rise.

Quitting can save your health, your appearance, and your life.

‘Nuff said?