Nine amazing things that happen once you stop smoking

Stop smoking with positive thinking

The dangers of smoking are well publicised in Ireland and throughout the world by governments and health organisations. But oddly, less is known about what happens to the body when you stop smoking.

After a few months of no cigarettes, the differences can be astounding. Not only do the lungs start to repair themselves and your blood circulation improves, but everything from your sense of smell, taste and sensitivity returns to normal, and your risk of suffering from a heart attack plummets.

Focusing on these positive outcomes could help you to stay motivated if you’re trying to quit. You know the risks, but it’s now time to learn about the potential benefits.

Your sex life improves

Two hours after you stop smoking, your blood circulation improves significantly, and this means all the feeling in your body will start to return. Nicotine raises your heart rate and blood pressure and creates bad circulation in the body, which in turn reduces sensitivity.

When you stop smoking, all that numbness (which you might not have even noticed), goes away. According to the NHS, men have been known to have improved erections after quitting, and women, longer orgasms.

Your ability to taste and smell improves – within two days

Stay off the cigarettes for just two days and your ability to taste and the smell will improve dramatically. Nicotine affects the shape of your taste buds and can damage your nerves, which dulls flavours and smells.

You’ll boost your fertility

Cigarette smoking has been linked to a lower sperm count, lower sperm quality and lower success rates in IVF, according to several studies. If you’re trying for a baby, you and your partner may have a better chance of conceiving if you both stop smoking.

You’ll live longer

According to the British Lung Foundation, if you stop smoking at 60 years old, your life expectancy can increase by three years. If you manage to quit at 30, you increase life expectancy by a phenomenal ten years. Those who quit smoking before age 35 have a life expectancy that is only slightly less than people who have never smoked.

Your lungs repair themselves (quickly)

Lungs can be severely damaged by smoking. Not only are smokers at a far greater risk pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer than  non-smokers, but according to the NHS, smoking causes 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Within just 3-9 months of quitting, your lung function increases by up to 10%, making breathing easier. After ten years, your risk of smoking-related lung cancer falls to half of that of a smoker.

After one month, you’ll look healthier

Your skin will be brighter, lighter and more hydrated after just one month of no smoking, according to the HSE. This is because smoking depletes the vitamins in your skin and nicotine reduces the overall blood flow which often leaves skin dry and discoloured.

Your heart health improves

After one year of no smoking, your risk of getting a heart attack drops by 50%. After stopping for 15 years, your risk is similar to that of someone who has never smoked.

Smoking makes your blood vessels contract and damages circulation in the body. The carbon monoxide and nicotine in your body from smoking place additional stress on the heart by making it beat faster. These factors significantly increases your risk of suffering from a heart attack or stroke. Ditching the cigarettes is one of the best things you can do for your heart health.

You’ll save thousands

Smoking is far from wallet-friendly. In fact, an Irish smoker of 20 a day is wasting around €3,500 a year.

You’ll reduce your risk of several cancers

Smoking is a leading cause of deaths brought about by cancers of the lung, oesophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon, and rectum. Quitting the cigarettes places you at a lower risk of all this.
Ready to ditch smoking for good? Lloyds Online Doctor offers a safe and popular stop smoking treatment which lasts for 12 weeks. Visit Lloyds Online Doctor to begin a stop smoking consultation.

 

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