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Quitting Smoking: 5 Benefits of Kicking the Habit

15 May 2017
| Under Lifestyle, Lung Disease, Smoking | Posted by | 4 Comments
Quitting Smoking: 5 Benefits of Kicking the Habit

Quitting smoking is hard, but trust us, it’s worth it.

There are some of you out there with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that may be reading this and nodding your head. Perhaps, you’ve successfully quit smoking after a diagnosis. Perhaps, a loved one or family member finally got through to you on the importance of quitting. If you’ve been able to successfully quit smoking, congratulations, because quitting a habit like smoking tobacco is a feat that only 6% of smokers who try to quit will ever accomplish. In addition, you presumably have a clear understanding just how much of an impact quitting has had to your energy levels and overall health. You get it.

On the other hand, for every one of you that has successfully quit, there are three to four others that have tried and failed. You’ve hit a wall. You’ve smoked too long—maybe since you were a teenager—and now the habit is ingrained. You may feel like it’s over for you anyways, or that it’s too late to change.

Here, at the Lung Institute, we disagree.

Quitting smoking is incredibly difficult, probably one of the hardest things you’ll ever do. And yet, it’s also one of the most important things you can do to affect your life in a positive way. Although we’ve given you a few steps to quitting, we’re going to take this time to talk about why you should quit, rather than how.

For your inspiration and health, we’re here to explain Quitting Smoking: 5 Benefits of Kicking the Habit.

5. Your Overall Health Will Improve

Let’s start with the first benefit out of the gate to your health when you quit smoking: your heart rate will drop to a normal level within 20 minutes of your last cigarette. Within two hours, your blood pressure levels will return to normal levels, warming your extremities as inner circulation begins to improve. Although nicotine withdrawals typically hit around this 2-hour mark, within 12 hours, the CO2 levels within your body will decrease. These previous levels can be harmful to the body’s heart and other organs, so their reduction serves to boost your overall health. In a day or two, your sense of smell and taste will improve, which is a benefit that can be universally appreciated. In two to three weeks, exercise should be easier, and fits of coughing and shortness of breath (common COPD symptoms) may become markedly reduced.

4. Your Mood and Outlook Gets Better

Simply put, feeling better physically has a strong correlation with feeling better mentally. For those who smoke and deal with the negative side-effects and symptoms of prolonged smoking, psychological issues such as depression and anxiety are often associated. However, in the absence of smoking and its harmful effects—i.e. quitting smoking—mood and general outlook is often seen to improve. Given that the degenerative nature of smoking on a person’s health can make their outlook on the future potentially bleak, the opposite can be said in the resurgence of restored vitality after quitting. Suddenly, life can seem capable of being changed, controlled and directed.

3. Your Energy Levels Increase

Quitting Smoking: 5 Benefits of Kicking the Habit

Along with the general health effects that come from quitting smoking, your energy levels will improve upon quitting as well. One of the biggest problems with excessive tobacco smoking as it pertains to your health is that it serves to wear away at the health of your organs. It makes it harder for your heart to pump blood—which provides oxygen to the rest of your body—affects your arteries, and damages your lungs in particular. The symptom of shortness of breath alone can have a dramatic effect on feelings of fatigue, causing you to feel frequently tired and reducing your mobility. By removing the damaging element that is smoking and allowing your vital organs to gradually recover, you will inevitably experience a significant uptick in your overall energy levels.

And on the subject of energy levels…

2. Your Breathing Gets Easier

As the primary organs affected by cigarette smoke are your lungs and heart, when you quit smoking, be prepared to experience a greater ease in breathing. Often the symptoms that cause issues of fatigue, airway constriction and shortness of breath are a direct result of cigarette smoking—whether as a lung irritant or a chemical factor leading to the development of chronic lung diseases like COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and emphysema.

By quitting smoking, you allow the inflammation—brought about through smoking, which obstructs your airways and causes greater difficulty breathing—to gradually be reduced. On physiological level, this allows a greater amount of air to reach the lungs and be expelled throughout the body.

1. More Time with Grandchildren and Loved Ones

Perhaps the most important entry on this list, quitting smoking gives you more time. This is time that can be spent engaging in hobbies, spending time with a spouse, enjoying retirement or playing with grandchildren. As time is both finite and impossible to restore, it is fundamentally the most important resource in this world. Given that on average, non-smokers live 10 years longer than current smokers, the acting of quitting and gaining a significant amount of time back—time to do anything you want—is an opportunity too great to pass up. All you need to do is put the cigarette down and regain control of your life.

It’s difficult, incredibly so, but not impossible. And if something’s possible, we believe it’s worth a shot.

Looking Towards What’s Next

Quitting smoking can either be disheartening or it can be a guidepost to change a few aspects of your life to take control of your health and future. And as we stated earlier, time is the biggest factor in managing one’s health; the sooner you act to affect your health positively, the better your overall outlook.

With a few behavioral changes, it’s possible to greatly affect the pronouncement of symptoms within those with COPD, emphysema and pulmonary fibrosis. However, when lifestyle changes fail to improve your quality of life in the way that you may expect, it may be time to consider stem cell therapy. Rather than addressing the symptoms of lung disease, stem cell therapy may directly affect disease progression and may improve quality of life.

For more information on stem cell therapy and what it could mean for your life moving forward, contact us today or call us at (800) 729-3065. Our patient coordinators will walk you through our available treatment options, talk through your current health and medical history and determine a qualifying treatment plan that works best for you.

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4 Comments

  1. Lung Institute

    3 days ago

    Betty:

    Our team has a wealth of knowledge about stem cells, treatment, candidacy and cost. We’re happy to answer your questions. Feel free to give us a call at (855) 313-1149 to speak one-on-one with our dedicated medical team. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    The Lung Institute

  2. Betty Barrow

    4 days ago

    I agree with Sarah, I desperately need help.

  3. Phoebe

    5 months ago

    Hi Sarah,

    Quitting smoking is no easy task, and many people try and fail a few times before they are able to stop smoking for good. You’re already taking the first important step by trying to quit. Some people find it helpful to join a smoking cessation group or use an app for their phone to help them quit. Other people use quit smoking helplines, and some use nicotine replacement therapy under the supervision of their doctor. You can check out our free smoking cessation guide on our resources page by clicking here. We hope this information is helpful for you, and we wish you the best as you work towards living a tobacco-free life.

    Best Regards,

    The Lung Institute

  4. Sarah Allen

    5 months ago

    Wow, i just relized again that im going to die real soon, if i continue smoking… i tried again two weeks ago and failed… Dammit!! I need all the help i can get. I want to quit! I hate the way i FEEL-ALL the time…. help…..

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