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Your Health & Fitness | Giving Up Smoking


QUIT FOR LIFE


will be forging ahead with the resolution to stop smoking. If this is you, here are a few of the health benefits you can look forward to…


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More Energy Quitting smoking improves


circulation, and within 12 weeks of stopping, ex-smokers should find physical activity becomes easier. The increase in oxygen that results from this improvement in circulation should also reduce headaches and fatigue.


Improved Dental Health It is a well-known fact that smoking


does no favours for your oral hygiene. By stopping smoking you could enjoy whiter teeth, fresher breath and reduce your risk of gum disease and premature tooth loss.


Less Stress Scientific studies have shown that


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ith the New Year well and truly underway, it is likely that many people


Most people already realise that smoking is damaging to their long-term health, but few are aware of just how many benefits they could also feel in the short term if they gave up. Dear Doctor looks at some of the reasons to quit.


cigarettes increases the overall stress levels of smokers, as the temporary craving satisfaction that comes from having a cigarette is short-lived. The body’s increased oxygen levels after quitting should also lead to an increase in mental wellbeing and concentration.


Better Sex Due to the increase in blood


circulation, stopping smoking increases sensitivity and can lead to better orgasms. Scientific studies have also shown that non-smokers are more attractive to prospective partners than smokers due to a generally healthier appearance and, perhaps, fresher smell.


Breathe With Ease Giving up smoking causes lung


capacity to increase by up to 10 percent, meaning most people breathe more easily and cough less. While for younger people the difference will likely only be felt when exercising, for older people, maximum lung capacity is integral to an active and healthy old age.


Live For Longer Smoking-related diseases such as lung


cancer and heart disease account for the deaths of over half of long-term smokers. While quitting early could add decades to your life expectancy, even stopping smoking at 60 could add three years to your life, meaning it is never too late to stop.


Protect Your Family Children are particularly vulnerable


to second-hand smoke and inhaling passive smoke can double a child’s risk of illnesses such as croup, bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma. It has also been shown that children who frequently breathe in second hand smoke are at a substantially greater risk of developing lung cancer in later life. However, even adults are susceptible to second hand smoke and quitting could protect not just your own health, but also that of your friends and family.


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