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Saturday, December 16, 2017
Article written by Luke Rafferty

5 Great Health Benefits Of Quitting Smoking

If you’re a smoking thinking of quitting then the chances are you’ve been thinking about quitting for a long time but not actually doing the quitting. Most ex-smokers I know took a long time to make the decision to quit. Sure, they wanted to quit for a long time but they couldn’t quite bring themselves to put out their last cigarette.

You might find yourself in this situation right now. There are many benefits to putting out your last cigarette. I’ll mention some of the health benefits in a moment but fist consider these:

Financial – smoking is expensive. Many of the quit smoking sites have a cigarette calculator so you can see just how much your spending every year.

Emotional – if you want to quit you may feel guilt or down on yourself because you haven’t quit yet. By quitting you relieve yourself of this emotional burden. Plus, you prove to yourself you have the drive and determination to succeed.

Social – you won’t smell like an ashtray and neither will your clothes! You won’t have to go out side (maybe in the cold) to smoke and you can help others to quit.

These are all great reasons to quit but the biggest benefit benefits are your body and they start almost instantly.

If you stop smoking right now your body will start to feel the benefits within as little as 20 minutes as your heart rate drops.

After 24 hours of stopping smoking the carbon monoxide in your blood will have gone. Carbon monoxide reduces the blood’s ability to carry oxygen (by combining with red blood cells more readily than oxygen) as a result after stopping you will get more oxygen to your lungs and breathing will become easier.

After 72 hours nicotine will have been flushed from the body. Result: Things taste better and smell improves. (Damaged nerve endings are starting to regrow.)

All the while your circulation will be improving and the efficiency of your lungs will increase reducing wheezing and breathing problems.

One year on from your decision to quit your risk of a heart attack is half of what it used to be before you stopped.

As you can see the positive effect of quitting start almost immediately! Take action now to stop smoking and save your life.
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