World No Tobacco Day being held on May 30th, 2018 focuses on the impact tobacco has on cardiovascular health of people worldwide.
Did you know: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) kill more people than any other cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of CVD, after high blood pressure.
Other scary facts:
Tobacco kills up to half of its users.
The global tobacco epidemic kills more than 7 million people each year, of which close to 900 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke.
Been thinking about quitting but just need a final push? See below a list of benefits including some additional benefits you might not know about that should help provide you with a bit more motivation to take the plunge.
Benefits to your health when you quit smoking
As soon as you quit, your body starts to repair. Find out how.
Good news! The effects of smoking are actually reversed with every cigarette you don’t have.
Improved heart health
Your heart rate slows, and your blood pressure becomes more stable, even after quitting smoking for just one day!
Enjoy less coughing and wheezing with your lungs able to function more effectively, becoming better at removing mucus, tar and dust from your lungs.
Better immune system
Your immune system is able to recover making your body better at fighting off infection. Less illness and downtime.
Increased blow flow
Your blood is less thick and sticky and blood flow to your hands and feet will improve.
Quitting smoking will not get rid of the fatty deposits that are already there. But it will lower the levels of cholesterol and fats circulating in your blood, which will help to slow the build-up of new fatty deposits in your arteries.
Other additional benefits you might not know about:
Quitting smoking will keep your hearing sharp.
Stopping smoking will improve your night vision and help preserve your overall vision by stopping the damage that smoking does to your eyes.
Quitting smoking is better than any anti-aging lotion. Quitting can help clear up blemishes and protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkling.
If you quit smoking now, you can lower your chances of erectile dysfunction and improve your chances of having a healthy sexual life.
The sooner you quit the sooner your body can start to repair itself!
Tobacco users need help to quit
Among smokers who are aware of the dangers of tobacco, most want to quit. Our team is here to help, if you or someone you love is looking to quit smoking, please contact us today to arrange an appointment.
We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to achieve a smoke free, healthier life.
Tuggerah Medical Centre
World Health Organisation