5 Immediate Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Quitting smoking can be daunting. But, if you try, you would be at the receiving end of a lot of health benefits ranging from an improved blood circulation to a better appearance.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Written by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterUpdated at: Jul 12, 2018 13:18 IST
5 Immediate Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

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To quit smoking isn’t very easy, but if you can do it successfully then you have much to win. From a healthy appetite to a fit body, no smoking can leave you much healthier than what you are today. And, some of these benefits you will be able to spot almost immediately. Not sure that is possible? Well, try quitting smoking and you will experience the following “immediate” results of stopping smoking.

By quitting smoking, you are doing the simplest best thing for yourself. No smoking adds a few more years to your life and reduces the risk of many harmful diseases.

General health benefits of quiting smoking

Some benefits of quitting smoking that you will experience within as less as 20 minutes of quitting smoking include:

  • Normalisation of blood pressure and heart rate within 20 minutes of quitting
  • Normalisation of blood levels of oxygen, poisonous carbon monoxide and nicotine within 8 hours of quitting.
  • The lungs start to clear and the sense of smell as well as taste starts to return in about two days from the time of quitting.
  • In three days, there is an increase in energy levels and the breathing gets smoother and easier.
  • In two to twelve weeks, the blood circulation becomes better and it becomes easier to exercise and for its benefits to show.
  • In three-nine months, the coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing reduces.

Good riddance from stress and guilt

Because there is not public or private space where smoking is encouraged openly, it becomes very difficult for closet smokers or addicted smokers to find themselves a place to smoke in. It puts them under terrible stress of just looking for a suitable smoke place that does not punish them for smoking, but lets them enjoy the habit. Such stress and guilt of being caught smoking can mar the mere enjoyment of indulging in the activity. So, when a person quite smoking, he/she starts to feel better instead of stressed and guilty.

Improved health of family and friends

Smokers tend to expose their family as well as friends to passive smoking. Tobacco has 4, 000 known chemicals in it most of which are harmful and have been known to cause cancer. Children are especially at risk of dangerous diseases through second hand smoke because they have smaller lungs and their immune system is not strong enough. Therefore, as soon as you quit, you reduce the risk of yourself as well as those around you.

No more financial burden

Smoking is a very expensive habit that can cost you close to half of your daily earning if you are an addicted smoker. Thus, it can be burdening financially as well as health-wise. As soon as you quit, you reduce your expenditure significantly and end up having money to spend on other priorities.

Changes in appearance

Smoking can stain nails, fingers and teeth. Smokers are also very much at the risk of developing bad breath, gum diseases and other oral issues. Moreover, they are twice as likely to lose their teeth as compared with non-smokers. So, the upside to quitting smoking is not having any of these. Quitting smoking will immediately improve the flow of blood in your body, benefiting the skin and the rest of the body. If you go tobacco-free, you tend to not have stains on the fingers, nails and will even have whiter teeth.

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