When you smoke, you probably pull out the cigarette from your pack and puff away without any thought of what it’s doing to your health. You want to smoke, and you’ll won’t think about the damage to your body. But what really happens when you inhale?
At the very first puff:
- Your heart rate increases.
- You’re exposed to 4,000 chemicals. Nicotine is only one ingredient in cigarettes.
- You’re exposed to 40 chemicals known to cause cancer.
- You increase the likelihood of getting lung cancer. Men who smoke are 22 more likely, and women are 12 times more likely to develop lung cancer.
- You are twice as likely to have a heart attack than your non-smoking friends.
- You increase your risk of developing many diseases besides lung cancer, such as stroke, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and other lung diseases.
- You hurt your health, as well as other people around you, who are breathing in second-hand smoke.
When you smoke ten, twenty or thirty cigarettes a day, you’re putting your life on the line. It’s probably not even a thought, but it should be.
So what happens to your body when you stop? The first thing is your body starts the healing process as soon as you quit.
- Within 12 hours after your last cigarette, your body is healing from the harmful affects of smoking.
- Your heart and lungs start repairing damage.
- Your lungs are not as congested.
- You can breathe easier.Your smoker’s cough starts to fade.
- You lower your risk of smoking-related illnesses and death.
- Your overall health improves.
- You contribute to cleaner air for you and everyone around you.
In fact, your body continues to heal itself. The longer you stay a non-smoker, the more benefits you’ll experience. At the five-year mark, your risk for heart attack and strokes is the same as those as people who never smoked.
It’s never too late to take control of your health. Before you’re dealing with yet another bout of bronchitis or facing cancer, you can stop smoking. You can make a huge difference in your health by making this important decision today. If you need help to stop smoking, contact me about how I can help you quit easily and quickly with hypnosis.