Everyone can quit smoking

Smoking is one of the most common preventable causes of death in the population. According to the WHO, despite the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, more than a billion people in the world smoke. Moreover, 300 million smokers are in developed countries. Over the past 50 years, tobacco has killed more than 70 million people. Today, more than 4 million people die each year from smoking-related diseases.

How to quit smoking in one day?

Here are some helpful tips to help you prepare to quit smoking:

  • careful study of official data on the harmful effects of smoking on human health;
  • evaluate your state of health, analyze symptoms that may be related to smoking (sputum, cough, abdominal pain, headache, chronic fatigue, lethargy, arterial hypertension, etc.);
  • determine the main goal for which you want to quit smoking (improve health, save money, plan pregnancy, etc.);
  • focus on the main reason and make the final decision to quit smoking;
  • set a specific date to quit smoking;
  • tell your loved ones about your decision, their support will help in difficult times;
  • do not go to places where people smoke;
  • find out the main trigger that makes you smoke (depression, the desire to relax, etc.), learn to solve these problems in other ways;
  • if it is difficult for you to give up nicotine immediately, use special means (gum, patch, etc.);
  • if you cannot quit smoking on your own, contact an addiction specialist (psychotherapist, narcologist, etc.).

What happens when you quit smoking?

After quitting smoking, the following changes occur in the body:

  • 20 minutes after the last cigarette, blood pressure indicators decrease, tachycardia disappears, blood supply to the limbs is restored;
  • After 8 hours, the blood oxygen level returns to normal;
  • after two days the taste and smell will improve;
  • after a week, the unpleasant smell of hair and skin will disappear, the skin of the face will improve;
  • in a month, breathing becomes easier, headache, chronic fatigue disappear, cough stops bothering;
  • After 6 months, the pulse returns to normal, physical endurance increases, sports results improve;
  • after one year, the risk of heart and vascular diseases decreases (by 50% compared to smokers);
  • After 5 years, the risk of developing lung cancer decreases.