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Every year on the third Thursday of November the world celebrates the Day of quitting. Experts from many countries, urging people to abandon this bad habit, talk about the negative effects of Smoking both for smokers themselves and for those around them.
The data cited by the world health organization, are really impressive: tobacco kills up to half of its users. Because of the action of tobacco annually kills more than 5 million smokers, and about 600 thousand non-smokers affected by passive Smoking. The who fears that by 2030 the number of annual deaths associated with tobacco could reach 8 million.
The American cancer society (American Cancer Society) publishes other, less scary numbers. Thus, the effects of Smoking in the U.S. more people die than are dying in car accidents, die from HIV, use of firearms, alcohol and drugs combined.
Smoking is one of the major causes of cancer – not only lung cancer (although he most often develops in smokers), but other forms of the disease, among which laryngeal cancer, tongue cancer, kidney cancer, liver, intestines, esophagus. In addition, smokers have increased risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Smokers die at a younger age than those who do not smoke: on average, this habit reduces the life of men for 12 years and that of women 11.
To quit, however, it is never too late. Avoiding harmful habits reduces the risk of various diseases and premature death. The positive effect of Smoking cessation becomes noticeable within a few minutes.
Through 20 minutes after Smoking cessation, reduced blood pressure and heart rate, after 12 hours carbon monoxide level in blood returns to normal – the resulting carboxyhemoglobin is converted into hemoglobin.
After 1-9 months after quitting cigarettes smokers begin coughing less. Lungs begin to work better – covering their villi begin to better hold the dust and germs, and special cells produce more mucus, lubricating the villi. The risk of lung infection decreases.
Those who lasted a year without cigarettes, twice reduced the risk of developing coronary heart disease (compared to those who continue to smoke). The risk of heart attack also decreases.
After five years after getting rid of bad habits two times decreases the likelihood of developing cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder. The risk of developing cervical cancer reaches risk observed in those who did not smoke. Significantly reduced the risk of stroke.
Through ten years after quitting the risk of developing lung cancer becomes two times lower than those who continue to smoke. Reduced the risk of cancer of the larynx and pancreas.
In addition, quitting Smoking reduces the risk of diabetes, improves the functioning of blood vessels, lungs, heart. Of course, the condition will be better in those who quit Smoking at an earlier age, but improvement can occur even in smokers with the experience, if they refuse from harmful habits.
Many of those who quit Smoking, claim that life is literally sparkle with new colors: they have a better sense of smell and taste, it became easier to run, to climb stairs and carry things around the house.