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Improve Your Health In Minutes By Supporting World No Tobacco Day

05-25-2017

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 health immediately.

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.

Why Quit?

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 http://www.fmh.org/Services/Cardiology/Smoking-Cessation-Program.aspx.



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