11 Changes in the Body After Quitting Smoking
For smokers, getting rid of addiction can be very difficult. A significant portion of smokers try to quit smoking at least once in their lives, but they start again after a while. The most important reason underlying the inability of smokers to quit is; seeing cigarettes as a friend and sharing all the positive or negative events they encounter with cigarettes. Family Bahçelievler Hospital Chest Diseases Specialist Dr. Bahri Temuray underlines that cigarettes are not a travel companion and says, “While you think you share your whole life with him, he silently takes your life away from you.” After quitting smoking, it is possible for the body to get rid of the harms of nicotine over time. Dr. Temuray described the positive changes that occurred in the body from the first 20 minutes to 15 years after quitting.
Addicts fear abstinence most
Stating that the decision to quit smoking is more difficult than quitting, Dr. Temuray says, “The hardest part is thinking about quitting. Addicts worry about the withdrawal period they will experience when they quit smoking. However, this deprivation is not a lifelong process. With determination, it still becomes much easier to deal with withdrawal symptoms. The first rule in quitting smoking; no matter what the daily conditions are, not to burn a single one after quitting. Because this behavior causes the brain to feel the memories, the taste and the feeling it gives to the person again. “Often, those who smoke occasionally after they quit smoking start again after a while,” he says.
Smoking is the cause of many important diseases
Cigaret; It is one of the main causes of many health problems, especially cancer, heart and lung diseases. Every year 5 million people in the world and more than 100 thousand people in Turkey, that is, one out of every 4 people who die, die from causes related to tobacco use. Stating that this number is estimated to reach 240 thousand in 2030, Dr. Temuray said, “The cause of 35 percent of all cancer-related deaths in men and 15 percent in women is smoking. Smoking is at the root of 90 percent of deaths from lung cancer. Lung cancer, which is directly related to smoking, ranks first in cancer-related death rate. Smoking is the most important cause of respiratory system diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The rate of those who lost their lives due to these diseases is 40 times higher than those who never smoked. In addition, smoking; Due to its effects on blood circulation and vessels, it increases the risk of cerebrovascular diseases and stroke, and can cause leg gangrene.
What diseases does smoking increase the risk of?
There is a direct relationship between smoking addiction and many types of cancer. Cigaret; It increases the risk of developing cancers of the larynx, prostate, gingiva, mouth, bladder, esophagus, tongue, pancreas, tonsils and cervix, especially lung addiction. Also; It is known that it causes diseases such as impotence, paralysis, ulcer, chronic bronchitis, leg vascular diseases, heart attack, infertility in women and COPD in men.
Babies who smoke before birth
Smoking also increases the risk of miscarriage and premature birth in pregnant women, causes babies to be born underweight and increases the risk of sudden death in babies by 6 times. Again, babies of mothers who smoked during pregnancy may have low intelligence and behavioral disorders.
Dr. Temuray said, “The risk of premature death is almost absent in those who quit before the age of 35. The risk of developing lung cancer for smokers varies depending on how long and how long they have smoked. The risk is very high for those who have smoked for more than 20 years. For those who have smoked over 20 years, the risk does not go down to the level of those who have never smoked. But every year that is added to it increases the dimensions of the risk,” he says.
• After 20 minutes, blood pressure and pulse return to normal, hand and foot circulation improves.
• After 8 hours, the blood oxygen level returns to normal and the risk of having a heart attack decreases.
• After 24 hours, the body is cleared of carbon monoxide.
• After 48 hours, the nicotine level in the blood decreases, the sense of taste and smell increases, and the response of peptic ulcer patients to treatment increases.
• After 72 hours, breathing is relieved as a result of the relaxation of the airways, the amount of secretion increases as the airways begin to function, and the airways try to clean themselves. The energy level is increasing.
• After 2-12 weeks, circulation in the whole body improves, the risk of respiratory tract infections decreases, fatigue and obstruction while walking are less common.
• After 3-9 months, respiratory tract problems such as coughing, short breathing and wheezing, that is, wheezing or whistling breathing, improve, and lung functions increase by 5-10 percent.
• After 12 months, the risk of coronary heart disease is halved.
• After 12-36 months, the risk of bladder cancer decreases by 50 percent.
• After 5 years, the risk of heart attack, esophageal and oral cavity cancers decreases by 50 percent.
• After 10-15 years, the risk of having a heart attack drops to the same level as those who never smoked, and the risk of lung cancer decreases by 50 percent compared to smokers.
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