Friday, April 24, 2009

SMOKING


Smoking causes almost 90% of all lung cancer deaths. Smoking is also linked with bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, eye disease, aneurysms and stroke. If you quit, you will see benefits almost immediately.

Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette nicotine starts to leave your body. Your blood pressure will drop.

After 8 hours: carbon monoxide and oxygen in you blood reach normal levels.

After 24 hours: The risk of heart attack goes down.

After 48 hours: Your sense of smell and taste gets better.

Two weeks to three months after quitting: Your circulation gets better, you lung capacity improves.

Within 9 months: Coughing, tiredness and sinus congestion all go down.

5 to 15 years: Your risk of stroke is about the same as lifelong non-smokers.

Besides the economic impact of a smoker, the personal cost, there is also the cost of second hand smoke affecting the loved ones surrounding the smoker. The time to quit is now.
**American Cancer Society
If you're not successful at quitting the first try, try again.
It's not where you're at, it's where you're headed.

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