If you love yourself and your loved ones, you should know about these! At the Stop Centres, we invite all smokers to take a moment and have a look.
Your blood pressure drops to a level similar to that before your last cigarette.
The level of carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) in your blood drops to normal.
Your risk of having a heart attack starts to drop.
The airways in your lungs relax and you can get more air into your lungs and breathe easier.
You cough less and your lungs are even stronger.
Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half than that of a smoker's.
You have the same chance of having a stroke as a non-smoker.
Your chance of dying from lung cancer is much lower. So is your chance of getting cancer in your mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder, kidney, and/or pancreas.
Your risk of coronary heart disease is similar to that of a non-smoker.1
There is no doubt that smoking can have serious consequences for a person's health, but just how much effect can it have on your life expectancy? We take a look at some statistics.
Researchers at 'Action on Smoking and Health' have reported that a 30-year-old smoker can expect to live about 35 more years, whereas a 30-year-old non-smoker can expect to live 53 more years.2
To be more exact: every cigarette a man smokes reduces his life by 11 minutes. Each carton of cigarettes thus represents a day and a half of lost life. Every year a man smokes a pack a day, he shortens his life by almost 2 months.3
Therefore, if you want to live longer and enjoy a better quality of life: QUIT SMOKING!
2 Source: Smokers urged to weigh the 'facts' during the 'Great American Smoke-Out,' Vital Signs, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, Virginia, Nov. 14, 1993, written by June Russell, a member of Smoke-Free Charlottesville
3 Source: University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 2000