Quit Smoking

I wanted to write my blog on quitting smoking. I am going to give three resources with information on why you should quit. According to smokefree your chances of having cancer, heart attacks, heart disease, stroke, cataracts, and other diseases will go down. You will be less likely to catch colds or the flu, and will be able to recover quicker if I do get sick. You will breathe easier and cough less. Your blood pressure will go down. Your skin will look healthier and I will look more youthful. Your teeth and fingernails will not be stained. Those are just a few reasons nobody really stops to think about. According to Web MD, there are all least ten overlooked reasons to quit smoking. “From an increased blindness to a faster decline in mental function.” Smoking speeds up mental decline. The rate of mental decline is up to five times faster in smokers than nonsmokers, according to a study of 9,200 men and women over age 65. Smoking also puts into effect a vicious cycle of artery damage, clotting and increased risk of stroke, causing mental decline. Tobacco is harmful to the brain and speeds up onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Smoking cigarettes raises the risk of developing lupus but quitting cuts that risk, in an analysis of nine studies shows. Systemic lupus erythematosus known as lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can cause inflammation, pain, and tissue damage throughout the body. Although some people with lupus have mild symptoms, it can become quite severe. “According to Harvard researchers reviewed studies that examined the relationship between cigarette smoking and lupus. Among current smokers, there was “a small but significant increased risk” for the development of lupus, they report. Former smokers did not have this increased risk, according to the study, which appeared in the March issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism. Tobacco smoke also appears to raise levels of a gut hormone called motilin in the blood and intestines. Motilin increases the contractions of the stomach and intestines, increasing the movement of food through the gut. “Higher-than-average motilin levels are linked to elevated risks of the infantile colic, the researchers write in the October issue of the journal Pediatrics.” According to Partnership For A Tobacco-Free Maine, smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Smoking cigarettes and secondhand smoke causes an estimated average of 438,000 premature deaths each year in the United States. 40 percent are from cancer, 35 percent are from heart disease and stroke, 25 percent are from lung disease. Another interesting fact is nicotine addiction caused by smoking produces long lasting chemical changes in the brain similar to changes that place when someone uses drugs like heroine or cocaine-more evidence of the addictive, destructive nature of nicotine. When you decide to quit smoking your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. Food begins to taste better, and your sense of smell returns to normal. Nerve endings in the mouth and nose begin to regenerate, improving taste and smell. In one year, your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and strike is cut in half. So i figured i would throw in some facts of what happens to your body when you decide to quit smoking.

Cited Resources: 1. webmd.com/smoking-cessation/features/10-overlooked-reasons-to-quit-smoking?page1.   Cited Resource: 2. tobaccofreemaine.org/quit_tobacco

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