World No Tobacco Day: What are the benefits of quitting smoking?

Εικόνα με το σύμβολο της απαγόρευσης του καπνίσματος

31st of May is the World No Tobacco Day by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The aim is to remind us of all the damaging consequences of smoking.

Smoking: an occasion pleasure- permanent damage
Smoking is among others the first cause of illness worldwide.
Furthermore, it is associated directly or indirectly with a series of pathological situations such as:

  • Lung cancer, which is the deadliest cancer type in humans
  • Oral, pancreatic & urinary tract cancer
  • Chronic neuropathies such as bronchitis or asthma
  • Is the main cause of heart attacks, strokes and gangrene because smoke tightens the blood vessels blocking blood to reach the cells.

Meanwhile smoking:

  • Reduces fertility
  • Gradual damage in the eyes
  • Early teeth loss
  • Early ageing of the skin

Smoking with numbers:
According to the Hellenic Institute of Cardiology, the Antismoking and Anticancer Companies:

  1. Greece is one of the top countries in Europe for tobacco consumption.
  2. 1 in 3 teenagers have tried smoking and 10% are tobacco users.
  3. The number of tobacco users in our country has increased the last 20 years.

The topic of World Tobacco day for 2019 is “Tobacco and Lung health”

The WHO through their campaign for the World No Tobacco day highlighted the dangers for those who smoke. Furthermore, it supports actions regarding the reduction of tobacco products.

Why does smoking put the health of the lungs in danger?
Smoking is responsible for the following:

Lung cancer
The first cause of lung cancer is smoking. The pathetic smoking is as dangerous as smoking as it increases the appearance of lung cancer.

Chronic respiratory disease
Smoking is the main cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

COPD is a situation where due to smoking there is coughing that makes it hard to breath. Furthermore, smoking affects asthma

Reduced pulmonary development in children who are exposed to smoke
Children who are exposed to smoke are in danger for the appearance of asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis and common respiratory diseases.

Do yourself a favour and quit smoking!

What will happen if you quit smoking?;
The first positive outcomes for quit smoking:

  • In less than 20 minutes after the last cigar, your heart pulse returns to normal levels.
  • After 2 hours, heart and blood pressure will fall to normal levels. Possibly, the blood circulation will improve. The first symptoms from quitting smoking begins after 2 hours.
  • 12 hours late, carbon monoxide which is toxic for the body, falls and the oxygen levels in blood are increased.
  • After 48 hours, the end of nerve cells, begin developing again.
  • 3 days later, nicotine has been removed from the organism and the body. You will still have the symptoms.
  • After 2-3 weeks, the body begins to replenish, all physical exercises become easier to perform, blood circulation and lung function better.
  • 9 months later: From the first month, the lungs begin to work better.
  • 1 year later, the danger for the appearance of heart disease reduces.
  • 5-10 years later, the appearance of stroke also reduces.

But the benefits do not end here…
After quitting smoking you will notice the above:

  • Improved fertility
  • Improvement in taste and smell
  • Brighter skin
  • Whiter teeth
  • Brighter hair

Do you need more?
Your clothes will smell nicely!
Stress will be reduced!
Money will be saved!
Quitting smoking is a favour that we do for ourselves and for people around us

It won’t be easy…
but it requires determination and effort to quit smoking, but it is a way to prevent any of the above dangers.

Improve the quality of your life… quit smoking!

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