When people think about quitting tobacco, they usually view it as something
that will improve their health in the long term. They quit so they’ll
get to watch their kids grow up or to spend more time with their grandkids.
While it is certainly true that quitting smoking dramatically improves
a person’s life expectancy, it also does wonders to improve your
On Wednesday, May 31,
Frederick Memorial Hospital is proud to take part in
World No Tobacco Day. This year’s theme is
“Tobacco – a threat to development.” When we take steps to eliminate tobacco usage, we improve our own health
and make the world a better place to live for everyone.
You’re not the only who will be healthier as a result of quitting—the
people that you love will be impacted too. Quitting smoking
decreases the risk of children developing diseases related to second-hand smoke, such as asthma and ear infections. Quitting can also
help to reduce the chances of having difficulty getting pregnant, having a premature
birth, or having a miscarriage.
Most people worry about how smoking will impact their physical health,
but smoking impacts your mental health as well. Quitting smoking can help
break the cycle of addiction that affects the brain by returning the number of nicotine receptors in your brain to a normal
level. Physically, it can
lower the risk of cancer,
decrease the risk of heart attacks or heart disease, and
stop lung damage. And, of course,
quitting saves you money! All the money you spent on tobacco each month can now go toward personal
finances or doing something fun with the people you love.
Immediate and Long-Term Rewards
Quitting tobacco improves your overall health within minutes. Just 20 minutes
after you finish smoking a cigarette, your
heart rate and blood pressure drop. Within 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood
returns to normal. Two to 12 weeks later, your
circulation will improve and your
lung function will increase. The impact of quitting is immediate and substantial. One to nine months
after quitting, you should have
less of a cough and your
shortness of breath should decrease.
After one full year of not smoking, your risk of
coronary heart disease is cut in half, and after 15 years will be that of a nonsmoker. Your risk of cancer of
the mouth, throat, esophagus, or bladder is
cut in half after five years of not smoking. Ten years of living tobacco free will
reduce your risk of
lung cancer to half that of a smoker.
It’s never too late to quit smoking. People of all ages quit everyday
and their quality of life is drastically improved. People who quit smoking
at age 30 can expect to gain
10 years of life expectancy, while those who quit at age 40 can expect to gain
nine years of life expectancy. Quitting doesn’t just improve the health of
younger smokers, however. Those who quit at age 50 can gain
six years of life expectancy, and smokers who quit at age 60 can gain
three years of life expectancy.
We Can Help
If you’re looking to make a change and become a healthier, smoke-free
you, talk to your healthcare provider about options to quit smoking. At
Frederick Memorial Hospital, our Smoking Cessation Program can help you to
find freedom from smoking. This free, six-week, six-session program helps you to pass through stages
of quitting and learn from any setbacks you may have along the way.
Topics discussed in the program include a quit plan, triggers and coping,
stress management, and relapse prevention.Learn more about the program and dates of upcoming classes.
Help Make the World Tobacco Free
On Wednesday, May 31, join Frederick Memorial Hospital and
confront the global tobacco crisis. Show your support using the hashtag #NoTobacco. For more information
on how you can quit tobacco for good, visit