Tobacco kills up to half its users every year, an estimated 6 million people will die as a result of tobacco  worldwide this year. Five million of these deaths are a direct result of tobacco use and more than 600 000 are as a result of passive smoking. Each year WHO celebrates World  No Tobacco Day by highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco use.

There are many reasons to quit tobacco:

Health Benefits

  • Within 20 minutes  your blood pressure and  heart rate reduce and the  temperature of your hands and feet increase
  • Within 8 hours your blood carbon monoxide levels reduce and blood oxygen levels increase
  • Within 24 hours your risk of sudden heart attack reduces
  • Within 48 hours your nerve endings start to regrow and your sense of smell and taste begin to return
  • Within 2 weeks to 3 months your circulation improves your lung capacity improves, wounds heals more easily
  • Within 1 to 9 months your energy improves, symptoms such as cough, catarrh, fatigue, shortness of breath reduce and the frequency of colds and asthma attacks reduce
  • Within 1 year your risk of coronary heart disease has reduced to half that of someone still smoking
  • Within 5 years your risk of developing cancer has reduced to half that of someone smoking one pack a day
  • Within 10 years your risk of cancer reduces and your risk of stroke is comparable to someone who has never smoked

Other Health benefits include

  • Reduced risk of clots in legs and lungs
  • Reduced erectile dysfunction
  • Fewer problems of all descriptions in pregnancy
  • Reduced infertility rates in men
  • Healthier gums and teeth
  • Asthma is easier to control in children and infants who live with you
  • Reduced ear infections, chest infections and pneumonia in children and infants in your home

Other benefits

  • Your breath, hair and clothes smell better
  • Your sense of smell and taste will improve
  • Your fingertips and nails will look less yellow
  • Your teeth will stain less
  • Your children are less likely to commence smoking
  • It will be easier to find a hotel room or apartment
  • It may improve your chances of getting a job
  • It may improve your chances of finding a partner

How To Quit

There are many ways to quit smoking and many resources to help. The website has many suggested methods, strategies and tools such as My Quitbuddy App which records your personal goals and can be programmed to send reminders of health benefits, games for distraction or the quitline phone number ( 137 848) at danger times.

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