“It’s clear that an ounce of
prevention here is worth a
pound of cure,” says Keller.
“Without smoking, 90 percent of lung cancer would go away.”
Newscaster who succumbed to lung cancer
Dr. Norman Edelman, chief medical officer of the American Lung Association
HOW YOU CAN HELP PREVENT
Your Self chec Keeping Healthy Guide
You’ve heard all the clinical reasons why. Just remember one other thing; it’s not a joke. Smoking can really kill you and those who breathe in your second-hand smoke.
We cover smoking in this guide but there are other causes you should be aware of that are risk factors for lung cancer. We’re hoping that knowing what they are will help you to avoid them.
Quick Tip: If you are a smoker or ex-smoker, ask your doctor or healthcare professional if you should have a lung scan.
What to do
If you’ve had trouble stopping smoking, or really didn’t have the motivation before, the following should convince you about the very best reasons to stop.
What Actually Happens to Your Body When You Stop Smoking
The benefits to your family and your health start from within 20 minutes of you putting out your last cigarette and you’ll decrease the risk of someone you care about dying of second hand smoke. Your body will begin to repair the damage done through smoking almost immediately, kick-starting a series of beneficial health changes that continue for years.
20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal
8 hours: Oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.
24 hours: Carbon monoxide has been eliminated from your body.
Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
48 hours: There is no nicotine left in your body. Your ability to
taste and smell is greatly improved.
72 hours: Breathing becomes easier. Your bronchial tubes begin
to relax and your energy levels increase.
2-12 weeks: Circulation improves throughout the body, making
walking and running a whole lot easier.
3-9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems get better
as your lung function is increased by up to 10%.
5 years: Heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
10 years: Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Risk
of heart attack falls to same as someone who has never smoked.
Need we say more? It’s time.
Source: The benefits of smoking timescale is based on 1990 The Health Benefits of Smoking Cessation: A Report of the Surgeon General, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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