Smoking is a major health risk factor for many diseases including cancer, heart disease, strokes, asthma, respiratory diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Quitting is note easy and one reason is that smoking tobacco has temporary personal benefits.
Because of the seriousness of tobacco use second hand smoke
posesa health threat to non-smokers as well as children.
The good news is that it is never too late to quit.
Although it is better never to have developed the habit, it is better to quit at any age than to be a smoker at any age.
If you have already developed smoking related health problems, there are life saving benefits from quitting. For example people who quit smoking after a heart attack reduce their chances of another by 50%.
For all smokers there are short-term and long-term health benefits from quitting no matter what age or gender.
There are immediate health benefits, for example within 20 minutes of quitting the heart rate and blood pressure will drop. This will reduce the risks of developing heart disease and strokes.
In one year the risk of coronary heart disease is 1/2 half that of a smoker.
Long- term Benefits
In five years after quitting the risk of a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
In 10 years the risks of cancer decreases, lung cancer is 1/2 the risk of a smoker.
In 15 years the risk of heart disease is that of a non-smoker.
Second Hand Smoke
Quitting reduces the risk of diseases related to second hand smoke. After quitting children and non-smokers exposed to second hand smoke have a decreased risk of respiratory diseases, asthma and ear infections.
Quitting adds years to life, life expectancy is increased decreasing the risk of premature death.
Through consumer health education anyone can learn to eliminate smoking and other health risk factors.
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