If you want to take charge of your health with changes to your lifestyle, one of the first steps to take is smoking cessation. Smoking tobacco with cigarettes, pipes, or cigars is harmful to your body in several different ways, and quitting can help you immediately feel a greater sense of wellness. Below is a look at some of the short- and long-term benefits of smoking cessation to consider when you are trying to quit.
Greater lung capacity
Pulmonary function is one of the first areas of your health to improve when you quit smoking. Simply eliminating smoke from the lungs will lower CO2 levels in your blood, which will allow better circulation of oxygen as well as increased lung capacity. As your pulmonary function continues to improve, your risk for lung cancer will go down. If you suffer from asthma, you will be better able to manage the condition when you are not smoking.
Longer life expectancy
Because tobacco use is associated with so many serious health problems, including several types of cancer, heart disease, and pulmonary diseases, becoming a non-smoker will dramatically raise your life expectancy. Plus, you will notice a later onset of common signs of aging, like wrinkles, because smoking accelerates the breakdown of collagen in the skin.
Lower medical bills
The cost of smoking runs much higher than the price of a pack of cigarettes. Since smoking has such an impact on your health, maintaining the habit will require you to pay substantially more in medical costs than you would if you did not smoke.
Start taking the smoke-free path to better health during the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout on November 15th with help from Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Explore our healthcare services and community education classes by visiting our website or calling us at (805) 497-2727.