Tobacco is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease, is implicated in over 90% of all lung cancers, contributes to cancers at many sites including the larynx, esophagus, kidney, bladder, and cervix, and is a principal risk factor for respiratory illnesses such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
Studies during the past few years that have demonstrated a strong association between cigarette smoking and psychiatric illness.
There are many reasons to quit tobacco:
- Live longer
- Have fewer health problems
- Recover quicker when you are sick
- Lower the chance of being hospitalized
- Have fewer complications if you are hospitalized
Quitting tobacco use will lower your risk of these diseases:
There are over 50 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer.
By giving up smoking, you will decrease your risk of pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary.
Heart Attacks, Stroke and Diseases of Blood Vessels:
Quitting tobacco will cut your risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes (or brain attacks) and erectile dysfunction (impotence)..
If you stop using tobacco, you will reduce your risk of diabetes and problems related to diabetes.
Here are the health benefits relate to smoking cessation, you will gain in the minutes, hours, months and years after you stop using tobacco:
- 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
- 12 hours after quitting: The amount of carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas) in your blood drops to normal.
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves, and your lungs work better.
- 1 to 9 months after quitting: Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Your lungs are clearer.
- 1 year after quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone who smokes.
- 5 to 15 years after quitting: Your risk of stroke is the same as someone’s who does not smoke.
- 10 years after quitting: Your risk of death from lung cancer is about half that of someone who smokes.
- Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas decreases.
- 15 years after quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as someone’s who does not smoke.
- 20 years after quitting: Your risk of lung cancer is the same as someone’s who never smoked.
At Beach Medical Specialists we offer you the best smoking cessation treatments address both the neurobiological and psychological aspects of tobacco dependence.
At Beach Medical Specialists, we aimed at helping the smoker to manage the tobacco withdrawal period and develop coping skills to prevent smoking relapse. Success rates increase with increasing duration and intensity of counseling and clinical support.