Smoking advice this Stoptober
October 16th, 2019
Can you reverse the effects of smoking if you stop at a certain age?
We all know smoking isn’t good for us, but every cigarette you smoke is harmful and doing damage to your body.
It takes its toll on your lungs, your heart and blood vessels, and even your skin. Some of this damage is permanent, BUT you can reverse some of the effects, whenever you stop, and your general well-being should start to pick-up rapidly.
Taste and smell disappear when smoking, but within 48 hours of stopping your senses should start to return and you’ll be able to enjoy the taste of food.
Smoking has a huge effect on your lungs, causing coughs, colds, wheezing and lung damage, but within 72 hours your lung capacity should improve, and any mucus coughs should subside.
The appearance of your skin and teeth will improve. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to your skin, making your skin look grey and dull and age faster than a non-smoker. Stopping increases the circulation and gradually the skin tone will brighten.
Your fertility levels will improve, along with your chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby.
Your chance of having a stroke reduces by 50% within two years of stopping smoking.
If you stop smoking when you’re 30 how many years can it add on to your life (same aged 40, 50, 60)
Smoking generally reduces life expectancy by about 10 years. It usually depends on the person and other health factors, like diet, weight, stress etc.
However, quitting at any age, has been proven to reduce health risks and life expectancy. Quitting smoking by the age of 30 has been shown that remarkably the life expectancy will be identical to people who have never smoked.
Quitting at 40 has been shown to reduce risk of smoking-related death by 90 per cent, people who stopped smoking at 45 to 54 years old gained about six years of life, compared with those who continued smoking, while those who quit at 55 to 64 can look to gain about four years of life.
What is the biggest risk of smoking?
Around 100,000 people per year die from smoking related illnesses. There are about 50 serious health risks associated to smoking but cancer and particularly lung cancers (smoking causes about 90% of lung cancers) are the biggest risks.
Can having an “occasional” cigarette be just as damaging as full-time smoking?
Nicotine is addictive, so remember one occasional cigarette can sometimes become more frequent and that’s when the real health problems can start.
Each cigarette you inhale, no matter how infrequently, is still causing damage to your skin, lungs and brain, but on a lesser scale than those who smoke more frequently.
How do you recommend stopping smoking?
It varies from person to person and people have success in different areas.
There are lots of stop smoking support groups available to including NHS support groups and people have great success with them.
There are a range of drugs available to help, but it would be worth a consultation with your GP to discuss if any of these are suitable.
If you don’t succeed with one method, try another.