National No Smoking Day: 5 health benefits of quitting

Smoking can lead to a plethora of health problems, including increased blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. In this blog, we raise awareness for the health benefits of quitting smoking so you can help yourself, your patients or anyone who needs the motivation, to put down the cigarettes for good. 

 

1. Improved appearance

 

Regular smokers tend to get yellow fingers and yellow teeth. This is due to the nicotine and tar in the tobacco. Research has also shown that smoking 30 cigarettes a day can age you around 14 years by the age of 70. So quit while you’re ahead, buy some teeth whitening treatments and before you know it, you’ll look better than ever!

 

2. Less likely to get ill 

 

When you give up smoking your immune system will drastically improve, making it easier to fight off colds, flu and infections. Illnesses can also be more severe in smokers than non-smokers. While you won’t immediately feel healthier after quitting the ciggies, your immune system will repair itself over time, giving you better protection against getting ill. 

 

3. Better mental health

 

It’s true that smoking can help make you feel calmer in the moment, but in the long run it can actually make your mental health worse. Studies have shown that after the withdrawal stage, ex-smokers feel more positive, less anxious and at lower risk of depression. 

 

4. You risk of heart attack drops significantly

 

After one year of giving up smoking you can reduce your risk of having a heart attack by half. Smoking is very dangerous to cardiovascular health and can also cause coronary heart disease, peripheral arterial disease and stroke. The best thing you can do for your heart is quit. 

 

5. Add ten years to your life 

 

Typically, individuals who cut the ciggies in their thirties can extend their lifespan by an average of 10 years. Even quitting at the age of 60 can add 3 years to your life expectancy. Adopting a smoke-free lifestyle can also make physical activity easier, meaning you can stay healthy as you get older. 

 

Remember, not everyone is successful in quitting smoking on their first attempt but it’s important to keep trying so you can lead a healthy and happy lifestyle.

For further resources and support on how to give up for good, visit the NHS website.