Health & Medical Addiction & Recovery

Quit Smoking Benefit - What"s In It For Me? (Part 2)

Most smokers know that they are causing themselves harm by smoking because it is written on every pack of smokes they have.
In this second part of my series into quit smoking benefits, I want to point out some more of the diseases that can be avoided by not smoking.
A major quit smoking benefit that most smokers know about is the reduced risk of cancer.
What many smokers don't realize though is that there are many more cancers that they are likely to contract from smoking than just lung cancer.
Smokers run a massive risk compared to non-smokers of contracting lung cancer.
Between 90% and 95% of all lung cancer is found in smokers.
This is because cigarette smoke contains so many carcinogenic (cancer causing) chemicals, including radioactive metals such as polonium-210 and bismuth-210, along side chemicals such as benzene and nitrosamines.
These carcinogens collect in the tar and soot in the lungs (as well as on the walls of the mouth, throat, larynx, nose and oesophagus) where they come into contact with lung tissue and promote cancer.
The lungs also absorb these chemicals into the blood stream where they are then free to invade all parts of the body.
In terms of a quit smoking benefit, not having carcinogenic compounds marauding around your body, in your liver, kidneys and bladder, is a very good thing.
Your body will cleanse itself of many things so in time, the risk of cancer falls off dramatically.
Another major quit smoking benefit is the reduction in the risk of suffering a stroke which smokers run a very high risk of.
When you suffer a stroke, part of the brain becomes damaged from a disruption in blood flow and therefore oxygen availability.
If you survive the stroke, there is a good chance you will lose the ability to speak, walk, eat, move, remain continent or feed or dress yourself.
Stoke victims are often completely reliant upon care if they survive the stroke.
The real quit smoking benefit with respect to strokes is that you will run the same risk of suffering a stroke as a non-smoker within 5 to 10 years of stopping smoking.
The final quit smoking benefit I want to touch on in this part is the series is your lifespan.
Those clever people who do number crunching have found that 'on average' smokers' live 8 years less than non-smokers.
That is a pretty incredible amount of time in anyone's book but there is another statistic to consider too; half of smokers die prematurely because of smoking.
What does this mean? Well, half of smokers will go on to live a life as long as if they didn't smoke.
That's a 50/50 chance - the same as betting your life on red or black at the casino.
Half wont live a normal life and so in order to make the numbers balance, instead of smokers dying 8 years younger 'on average' the ones that die young from smoking actually die 16 years early, on average.
As a smoker, you are playing a 50/50 game where if you lose you die 16 years younger! Would you play a game of Russian roulette at odds of 6 to 1? I doubt you would!

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