Smoking is bad for your health, but exactly how will stopping make life better?
Here are some ways your health and life will improve when you stop smoking.
People breathe more easily and cough less when they give up smoking because their lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months.
In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be noticeable until you go for a run, but lung capacity naturally diminishes with age.
In later years, having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between having an active, healthy old age and wheezing when you go for a walk or climb the stairs.
Within 2 to 12 weeks of stopping smoking your blood circulation improves. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, much easier.
You will also give a boost to your immune system, making it easier to fight off colds and flu. The increase in oxygen in the body can also reduce tiredness and the likelihood of headaches.
The withdrawal from nicotine between cigarettes can heighten feelings of stress. As the stress of withdrawal feels the same as other stresses, it's easy to confuse normal stress with nicotine withdrawal. So, it can seem like smoking is reducing other stresses whereas this is not the case.
In fact, scientific studies show people's stress levels are lower after they stop smoking.
Stopping smoking improves the body's blood flow so improves sensitivity.
Men who stop smoking may get better erections. Women may find their orgasms improve and they become aroused more easily.
It's also been found that non-smokers are three times more appealling to prospective partners than smokers.
Non-smokers find it easier to get pregnant. Quitting smoking improves the lining of the womb and can make men's sperm more potent.
Becoming a non-smoker increases the possibility of conceiving through IVF, and reduces the likelihood of having a miscarriage.
Most importantly, it improves the chances of giving birth to a healthy baby.
When you stop smoking, your senses of smell and taste get a boost. You may notice that food tastes and smells different as your mouth and nose recover from being dulled by the hundreds of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes.
Stopping smoking has been found to slow facial ageing and delay the appearance of wrinkles.
The skin of a non-smoker gets more nutrients, including oxygen, and stopping smoking can reverse the sallow, lined complexion that smokers often have.
Giving up tobacco stops teeth becoming stained, and you'll have fresher breath. Ex-smokers are also less likely than smokers to get gum disease and lose their teeth prematurely.
Half of all long-term smokers die early from smoking-related diseases, including heart disease, lung cancer and chronic bronchitis.
Men who quit smoking by the age of 30 add 10 years to their life. People who kick the habit at 60 add three years to their life.
In other words, it's never too late to benefit from stopping. Being smoke-free not only adds years to your life, but also greatly improves your chances of a disease-free, mobile, happier old age.
By stopping smoking, you'll be protecting the health of your non-smoking friends and family, too.
Breathing in secondhand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. In children it doubles the risk of getting chest illnesses, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma.
They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.
There are many health concerns that surround e-cigarettes. For example:
If you are thinking of stopping smoking using e-cigarettes it would probably be better for you to first try to Stop Smoking - The Best Way (see the next section) and, if unsuccessful, then e-mail Peter to arrange a consultation for a course of smoking cessation therapy to reduce your stress and anxiety levels and boost your will power before making your final, determined, and successful, attempt to stop smoking, or vaping, for good !
In general, smokers who find it difficult to stop smoking fall into one of two categories:
Here at the Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic we know that there is nothing better to build self-confidence and self-esteem of a smoker like them being able to stop smoking, by themselve, without any help.
Therefore, the essentials that a smoker needs to quit smoking, using the 'cold turkey' method, which is ideal for habitual smokers, is detailed in the following article: Stop Smoking - The Best Way.
Should you try the above method, and still find that you still simply cannot stop yourself from smoking then it may be that you are a 'psychologically dependent' smoker - in which case you will probably need a short course of therapy first to reduce your stress and/or anxiety levels prior to stopping smoking. This will give you the confidence to deal with stressful situations that might occur - those situations where you would have previously coped by having a cigarette.
For 'psychologically dependent' smokers the best thing to do is to e-mail Peter to arrange a consultation for a course of smoking cessation therapy to reduce your stress and anxiety levels and boost your will power before making your final, determined, and successful, attempt to stop smoking for good.
Ok. You've stopped smoking. That's great !
And you haven't switched to vaping e-cigarettes either. Even better !
However please be aware that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends yearly lung cancer screening with LDCT (Low Dose Computed Tomography) for people who were heavy smokers. Find out more about Continuing Health Care for Current & Former Smokers.
YOUR NEXT STEP...
If you have tried, and been unsuccesful, at quitting smoking or vaping using the techniques outlined in Stop Smoking - The Best Way then either:
For professional, caring and confidential help, advice, therapy or treatment for, or about, any of the above issues or topics, or similar, just contact Peter, preferably by e-mail, to arrange an appointment for your free initial consultation.
Or maybe instead read Peter's Website Welcome Letter, or go to the home page and view The Surrey Hypnotherapy Clinic's Smoking Cessation Video Girls and their Website Welcome Video.
Select here for some additional background Articles about Stopping Smoking and E-Cigarettes.
Smoking and Vaping by a 'psychologically dependent smoker' may be a symptom of an underlying anxiety disorder. Six major anxiety disorders have been formally identified, each with their own distinct symptom profile. You can read more about the anxiety disorders here:
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