World No Tobacco Day is a good time to reflect on smoking habits and how to improve health issues related to tobacco use. Quitting smoking is one of the most effective ways you can improve your health.
Blood pressure and pulse are normalised, blood circulation improves.
Levels of carbon monoxide in the blood decrease.
Your sense of smell and taste are improving.
After 2 to 3 days
Less or no phlegm in the throat, fewer breathing difficulties.
Your breath is fresher, your teeth are cleaner and energy levels higher.
Physical withdrawal symptoms will stop, and you can now go several hours without thinking about smoking. Your risk of blood clots (thrombosis ) is reduced.
Coughing, blocked sinuses and breathing difficulties should subside. The lungs are better able to resist infection.
Lung function improves by 5 per cent.
The risk of developing cardiovascular disease is halved.
The risk of developing severe pneumonia or flu is the same as for a non-smoker. Your risk of heart disease, angina (chest pains) and stroke continues to fall.
The risk of throat, oesophageal and bladder cancer is halved.
The risk of developing cardiovascular disease or thrombosis is the same as for a non-smoker.
The risk of lung cancer is halved. The risk of developing osteoporosis decreases.
The risk of lung, throat, oesophageal or bladder cancer is the same as for a non-smoker. But heavy smokers (20 a day) have double the risk of lung cancer for the rest of their lives.
If you need help to stop smoking, Fleet Street Clinic offers Hypnotherapy sessions. Hypnotherapy can be very effective in helping some people quit smoking. For more information please call Fleet Street Clinic call 0207 353 5678 email firstname.lastname@example.org
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