Health Gains Of Quitting Smoking

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Those who know about the grave risks that smoking poses to a smoker's health would also be familiar with the health benefits of quitting this habit. Let us recall these benefits once again for the benefit of those who may need to be reminded about them.

Cancer
Smoking can cause cancer of various parts of the body. Apart from the well known lung and oral cancers,, studies indicate that smokers also face a risk of developing cancers of the oesophagus (gullet), bladder, kidney, pancreas, cervix, and the stomach..Some studies have also linked breast cancer with both active and passive smoking. Further, there is an increased risk of adult smokers developing myeloid leukemia, and progressive lung diseases like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Another major cancer that confronts a smoker is that of the liver. Studies have found out that the risk increases with duration of smoking or number of cigarettes smoked per day. However, an IARC review concluded that there was no causal relationship between smoking and liver cancer.

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Heart Diseases
A smoker is also at an increased risk of developing peripheral vascular (a narrowing of? blood vessels that carry blood to arm and leg muscles) and cerebrovasular diseases (that can cause strokes). Smokers also face an increased risk of? developing coronary heart disease which can cause? sudden cardiac arrest.

Benefits Of Quitting Smoking
If one gives up the habit of smoking, the above mentioned health risks can be significantly minimized. One can lead an extremely healthy, risk free life with fewer illnesses. Life of course is bound to end but it will not be on account of a smoking-related illness. Giving up smoking will make one less conspicuous because the funny smell which comes from a smoker will go away.

Premature wrinkles, yellow fingernails and hair, stained teeth all tell tale signs, will go away, when one quits smoking. A reformed smoker will be confident and will smile more often.

Pregnant mothers who quit smoking will? minimize the risks of miscarriage, SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), or low-birth weight babies. Their child will be born without the presence of nicotine in the blood stream and will not become prone to serious chronic life-long disabilities like asthma, cerebral palsy and mental retardation.

Looking at the balance sheet, the advantages of quitting up more than outweigh the momentary pleasure of lighting up. If you are a smoker, it is time you thought of reforming this habit and staying away from the killer weed.