Smoking is a real problem for our society, devastating for our body, responsible for disastrous illnesses. It is important for young people to be aware of its effects and consequences in order to avoid unpleasant situations. We should try to appreciate the gift of life more than we usually do, avoiding toxic substances that can severely damage our bodies, so that we can enjoy life to the fullest. Young people usually start smoking out of curiosity, to appear more adult. And then they continue to smoke because the nicotine makes them addicted very quickly. For my peers who unfortunately already smoke, I would like to give some useful tips on how to quit smoking: ‘Decide on a date to quit. Choose a day when you are not particularly stressed. Identify all the circumstances that may induce you to smoke. (coffee, work break, television, car, aperitif with friends) and keep your attention high in these situations. Try to avoid environments and people who smoke. Drink plenty of water to help eliminate nicotine. Increase physical activity’. It will help to control your weight, relieve tension and eliminate toxic substances. You still have time to quit, if you do you will have great benefits!
As soon as a person stops smoking their body begins to recover in the following ways:
In as little as 20 minutes after the last cigarette is smoked, the heart rate drops and returns to normal. Blood pressure begins to drop, and circulation may start to improve.
3 days after quitting smoking, the nicotine levels in a person’s body are depleted. While it is healthier to have no nicotine in the body, this initial depletion can cause nicotine withdrawal. Around 3 days after quitting, most people will experience moodiness and irritability, severe headaches, and cravings as the body readjusts.
In as little as 1 month, a person’s lung function begins to improve. As the lungs heal and lung capacity improves, former smokers may notice less coughing and shortness of breath. Athletic endurance increases and former smokers may notice a renewed ability for cardiovascular activities, such as running and jumping.
One year after quitting smoking, a person’s risk for coronary heart disease decreases by half. This risk will continue to drop past the 1-year mark.
Cigarettes contain many known toxins that cause the arteries and blood vessels to narrow. These same toxins also increase the likelihood of developing blood clots.
After 5 years without smoking, the body has healed itself enough for the arteries and blood vessels to begin to widen again. This widening means the blood is less likely to clot, lowering the risk of stroke.
The risk of stroke will continue to reduce over the next 10 years as the body heals more and more.
After 10 years, a person’s chances of developing lung cancer and dying from it are roughly cut in half compared with someone who continues to smoke. The likelihood of developing mouth, throat, or pancreatic cancer has significantly reduced.
After 20 years, the risk of death from smoking-related causes, including both lung disease and cancer, drops to the level of a person who has never smoked in their life. Also, the risk of developing pancreatic cancer has reduced to that of someone who has never smoked.