Why stop smoking?
There are many reasons to stop smoking. Once you stop smoking, breathing will be easier, you will cough less, and your lung capacity will improve by up to 10% within the first nine months. Within 2 - 12 weeks of stopping smoking, your blood circulation will improve. This will make all physical activity easier, including walking and running.
In addition, your immune system will improve. Your body will be better at fighting off colds and flus. You’ll also feel less tired and have fewer headaches. This is the result of an increase in oxygen in the body.
How to quit smoking?
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but there are medications you can take to help you quit. This includes Champix, which helps you stop smoking by blocking nicotine in the brain, making smoking less addictive. When you smoke, nicotine attaches to receptors in the brain.
Are there other benefits of quitting smoking?
In addition to improving your overall health, quitting smoking can cause relief for those suffering from a number of other conditions. These include:
- Acid reflux
- Erectile dysfunction
- Premature ejaculation
Stopping smoking also reduces your likelihood of premature death. Smokers are more likely to suffer from lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Not only does smoking poses a risk to smokers, but it greatly affects those who are around them. Breathing in secondhand smoke is almost just as dangerous as smoking.
When you stop smoking, you can also see improvements in the following:
- Sense of smell
- Skin - stopping smoking leads to younger looking skin
- Better sex
- Whiter teeth
- Better breath