Quit smoking now to reduce health risks

2016-05-25 06:00
THE best time to quit smoking was yesterday. the second best time is right now. Foto: Christiaan Cloete

THE best time to quit smoking was yesterday. the second best time is right now. Foto: Christiaan Cloete

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THE list of health risks associated with smoking is nearly endless and includes cancer, lung disease, heart attack, stroke, blindness, fertility problems and various others problems.

The good news is that it is never too late to quit smoking and that the moment you quit your body will start to heal itself.

  • This is what happens when you quit smoking: 20 minutes after your last cigarette your blood pressure and heart rate decrease;) 12 hours after your last cigarette carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal;) between two weeks and three months after quitting, you have improved circulation and your lung capacity increase;) one to nine months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath subside. Your bronchial cilia (hair-like structures) will start functioning normally and help to clean your lungs;) a year after quitting, your excess risk of coronary heart disease will be half that of a smoker’s;) five years after quitting your risk of cancer of the mouth, oesophagus and bladder wil be half of what it was while you were smoking. Your risk of cervical cancer wil be equal to that of a non smoker. Your risk of getting a stroke will be that of a non-smoker after two to five years after quitting;) ten years after you quit smoking your risk of getting lung cancer will be half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancer of the larynx and pancreas also decreases;) 15 years after quitting your excess risk of coronary heart disease will be equal to that of a non-smoker.Z Sources:www.cancer.org, www.quit.org.nz, www.health24.com en www.cansa.org.za

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