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Positive Effects of Quitting Smoking

4 May 2012

Imagine a situation- that pretty girl at work you have a crush on, bumps into you in the lobby and what were you doing there? SMOKING! Too bad, but she hates smokers.

Different people have different reasons to quit smoking but the after-effects are almost the same for every individual. Once you quit smoking, you feel a sense of freedom: freedom from the habit that was taking a massive toll on your health. Here are the positive effects of quitting smoking.

Improvement in your senses

Have you ever noticed that a dish that tastes perfectly fine to the others tastes extra sour to you? Well the reason behind that is, smoking. Nicotine decreases your ability taste many folds. It makes your taste buds weak and sensitive. Prolonged smoking also reduces your ability to smell. So, once you stop smoking, you will be able to gain back your senses and taste the food the way it is all over again.

Change in blood pressure

After you have put down your last cigarette, within 20 minutes your blood pressure will decrease and thus, the heart rate too decreases. This will make the regular activities like walking or climbing steps much easier than before. After the next 12 hours, the carbon monoxide levels will gradually come to the normal mark. This carbon monoxide is the reason behind your palpitation and dullness. It also increases the chances of heart attack. Further ahead in about two to three weeks of quitting, your lungs begin to function normally and reduce the chances of stroke.

Respiratory effects

Once your heart beats fine, next up is your respiratory system that begins to work better. Prolonged smoking causes some amount of tar to settle on the respiratory pipe leading to cough (which most smokers suffer from). Once you have stopped smoking this tar gradually gets removed. Eventually the bronchial tubes begin to gain energy to function properly. This reduces the risk of lung cancer.

Cleaner mouth

If you have been smoking for few years now you might not want to smile wide. Most smokers suffer from bad breath and yellow teeth - tar and nicotine being the reasons behind it. Once you’ve quit smoking your teeth start to become whiter and your breath too smells better. The tobacco, tar and nicotine that you expose your mouth to can lead to oral cancer. So, quitting will not only reduce your chances of having cancer but also give you a better smile.

Smoking is one of the most difficult habits to kick but it is definitely not impossible. Most people resort to nicotine patches and other artificial medication. But remember one thing- it is not all these artificial medications that will stop you from smoking, it is the urge that only you can control. Gradually work towards quitting. And hey, it is not just about your health but also making holes in your pocket. Do the math right; one day you will save enough money to take that lobby girl out on a lavish date to make an impression.

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