Posted by Tatiana Rodriguez | Filed under Quit Smoking
Over the course of history, millions and millions of people have died because of tobacco related diseases and conditions. In fact, every year approximately 5 million people die because of tobacco products. There is no safe or healthier way to consume tobacco products. Smoking, chewing, and using snuff are all ways to live a shorter life, and most likely to contract a disease that disfigures your face, makes it hard to breathe, or causes you pain every single day. The statistics on how smoking kills you are bleak, but it is worth learning about them if it will help you or someone you love to quit.
The worldwide statistics on how smoking kills people are incredible. If 5 million people could have prevented their own deaths every year for the past few years, the population of the planet would be very different. But even just in the United States the numbers are incredible. Almost half a million people die from cigarette related diseases and conditions every year. The saddest part is that just under 50,000 of those deaths are non-smokers who die of heart disease or lung cancer due to second hand smoke. (Ahem – let’s get in a plug for vapor cigarettes NOW.) Of all the statistics on how smoking kills you, the second hand smoke statistics are the most tragic.
Think of all the innocent people affected by second hand smoke. Children. Innocent bystanders. Elderly citizens who need 24 hour care only to be cared for by people with zero regard for their health and subsequently smoke around them. #disgusting!!
What are the Effects of Quitting Now
What many people don’t realize is that it is never too late to quit. You may extend your life even if you quit after the age of 60. If you quit when you are around 50 years of age, you reduce the risk of dying early of a smoking-related disease by 50%. And if you quit by the age of 30%, that statistic jumps to a 90% likelihood that you’ll avoid tobacco-related diseases and an early death.
But so many people find it impossible to quit. Some people say that the statistics on how smoking kills you don’t help at all. Others say they’d prefer to enjoy life and die young then live a boring or overly safe life. The truth is that smokers don’t get to enjoy life the way non-smokers do because of all the medical problems they encounter, even the ones that don’t kill you.
If you quit smoking today, your blood pressure would drop within a few hours, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood would be reduced within a few hours, and your heart rate would slow and normalize. Within the next few weeks, you’d begin to smell and taste things better as your senses returned. Your circulation would improve and your skin would become healthier as a result. You’d cough and spit up phlegm less often.
And within a few months you’d have lung function back and you would be able to enjoy physical activity without pain in your lungs.
How to Quit
The latest techniques for quitting smoking focus on the ways that smokers get used to their habit. Things like electronic cigarettes can be a cheaper way to get that nicotine hit, without the smoke. One brand we recently reviewed that was particularly impressive was Bull Smoke. Two thumbs way up to them for impressing us so much.