So…..the commercial always said “I’d Rather Fight Than Swith”. Now I’d rather quit than do either! I’ve tried this many times in many ways. From nicotine gum and lousenges to the patch, accupunture, hypnosis, laser treatment even “Chantix”. After nearly 40 years of smoking, it’s time for “Cold Turkey”. So this past Saturday at noon, I smoked my last Tareyton!
It’s not just the risk of 20 different kinds of cancer or C.O.P.D. but at $8 a pack and 1 pack a day, it was costing me more than $3,000 every year!
To give me, and maybe you, motivation, I researched the health benefits of quitting:
20 minutes after quitting
Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours after quitting
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
1 to 9 months after quitting
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
1 year after quitting
The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.
5 years after quitting
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
10 years after quitting
The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
15 years after quitting
The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
Those are just of few of the health benefits. You’ll look better, smell better, have more time for more productive things and save a ton of money. Who wants to join me?