See What Happens To Your Lungs If You Smoke Just 60 Cigarettes

See What Happens to Your Lungs if You Smoke Just 60 Cigarettes
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Most people today are aware of the dangers of smoking and the adverse effect it has on their health. In the UK, cigarette smoking is the greatest single cause of illness and premature death. Still, smoking remains one of the most prevalent habits.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are about 1 billion smokers in the world today. More than 6 million people a year are killed by tobacco. 600,000 deaths are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. The death toll is rising and it is predicted to reach 30 million a year by 2030.

These numbers are frightening. Many people try to ditch the bad habit again and again. Often, their efforts are admirable and the journey is not without hurdles. Many health organizations offer smoking cessation programs that provide both the practical tools and motivation to stop smoking.

If you are a smoker or you know someone who smokes then you can try these 5 natural ways to quit smoking – they are scientifically proven methods that are going to help you to ditch this unhealthy habit.

The video above is another good reminder of the ill effects of smoking. Scientists used pig’s lungs to demonstrate what smoking does to your respiratory system. After using 60 cigarettes, which is equivalent to only 3 packs of cigarettes, the lungs and windpipe changed significantly and became covered in black slime. This shows that it doesn’t take a lifetime of smoking to get affected – a short exposure can already make the damage.

But, there is good news. Giving up smoking can make a big difference to your health and reverse some of its ill effects. For example, if you stop smoking by the age of 35, your life expectancy is comparable to that of a non-smoker. And if you stop smoking before the age of 50, you decrease the risk of dying from smoking-related diseases (such as lung cancer) by half. It’s never too late to stop.

This is the timeline of benefits after you stop smoking:

  • After 72 hours: breathing becomes easier and your bronchial tubes relax.
  • After 1 month: skin appearance improves due to better blood circulation.
  • After 3-9 months: lung function increases by up to 10%; wheezing and coughing decrease and breathing problems improve.
  • After 1 year: your risk of a heart attack lowers by 50%.
  • After 10 years: your risk of stroke lowers by 50%.
  • After 15 years: your risk of a heart attack is comparable to a person who never smoked.

There are other benefits too: food and drinks smell and taste better; you get rid of the stale tobacco smell from your breath, clothes and hair; your finances improve and you feel better about yourself.

2 in 3 smokers want to stop with the bad habit and some struggle to leave it behind. Willpower and determination are needed. However, nicotine is an addictive substance and this makes the quitting process a lot harder.

Different methods work for different people. Some use nicotine replacement therapy, which involves gums, sprays, patches, tablets, lozenges, and inhalers. Others go for hypnotherapy. Some decide to change their lifestyle completely.

If you feel tempted to start smoking (again), you can always have another look at this video. Sometimes a shocking image can be the strongest deterrent.

If you are interested to stop smoking then you should try these 5 natural ways to quit smoking naturally.

Resources:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/
http://www.patient.co.uk/health/smoking-the-facts
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