What is tobacco?
Tobacco products are made entirely or partly of leaf tobacco as raw material, which are intended to be smoked, sucked, chewed or snuffed. All containing the highly addictive psychoactive ingredient, nicotine.
Tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for a number of chronic diseases, including cancer, lung diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. Despite the evidence, it is still very common throughout the world. A number of countries have legislation restricting tobacco advertising, and regulation on who can buy and use tobacco products, and where people can smoke.
Tobacco’s rapid and widespread acceptance strongly characterizes the addiction to the plant Nicotina tobacum. It has been used globally for centuries leading to evolution of the form of consumption.
In the 18th century, snuff was the commonly used form of tobacco, followed by the introduction of cigars in the 19th century and eventually in the 20th century, the manufactured cigarette was developed. At the beginning of the 21st century about one third of adults in the world, including increasing numbers of women, used tobacco.
To this day, there are many for forms of tobacco being used with some examples being chewable tobacco, snuff, cigarettes, cigars, dissolvable tobacco and shisha. Despite thousands of studies showing, that tobacco in all its forms kills its users, and smoking cigarettes kills non-users, people continue to smoke, and deaths from tobacco use continue to increase.
There are many benefits of quitting tobacco however; the most important thing to remember is that Quitting is a Journey.
The harms of consuming tobacco can be quite overwhelming and heavily information loaded. We have therefore, categorized into body parts how quitting can benefit your body and mind. Please scroll down to read a quick description about the different ways quitting can help benefit you.
Often, people require support through the journey of quitting which can actually be a vital part of the quitting process and no single quit method will fit all. Depending on your lifestyle and/or your needs, there are many ways of se,eking help or support. Some examples include text messaging programs, apps, medications and expert advice. Our team at Aposave will be happy to help you with any further information.
What are the benefits of quitting?
The large number of nicotine receptors in your brain will return to normal levels after about a month of quitting allowing your brain to break the cycle of addiction.
Quitting can lower your blood pressure and heart rate almost immediately. Your risk of a heart attack declines within 24 hours.
Your blood becomes thinner and less likely to form dangerous blood clots. Your heart will also have less work to do, because it will be able to move the blood around your body more easily.
Quitting will lower the levels of cholesterol and fats circulating in your blood preventing buildup of new fatty deposits in your arteries.
Prevent scarring! Scarring of the lungs is not reversible. That is why it is important to quit smoking before you do permanent damage to your lungs. Within two weeks of quitting, you might notice it is easier to walk up the stairs because you may be less short of breath.
Prevent emphysema! There is no cure for emphysema. However, quitting when you are young, before you have done years of damage to the delicate air sacs in your lungs, will help protect you from developing emphysema later.
Repair the cilia! Cilia start to regrow and re-gain normal function very quickly after you quit smoking. They are one of the first things in your body to heal. People sometimes notice that they cough more than usual when they first quit smoking. This is a sign that the cilia are coming back to life. You are more likely to fight off infections when your cilia are working properly.
Quitting smoking will prevent new DNA damage from happening and can even help repair the damage that has already been done. Quitting smoking immediately is the best way to lower your risk of getting cancer.
Quitting smoking will reduce your belly fat and the risk of diabetes. If you are a diabetic, it can help keep your blood sugars under better control.
In women, the estrogen levels will gradually return to normal after quitting and can increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy in the future for women of a childbearing age.
It can lower the chances of erectile dysfunction in men.
HEAD AND FACE
Quitting can help sharpen your hearing, better your vision and give you a clearer skin and a healthier mouth.
When you quit smoking, your body will begin to heal from the injuries that smoking had caused. Eventually, your white blood cell counts will return to normal and will no longer be on the defensive. Improving blood flow to wounds, allowing important nutrients, minerals, and oxygen to reach the wound and help it heal properly.
MUSCLES AND BONES
Quitting smoking will help increase the availability of oxygen in your blood, consequently allowing your muscles to become healthier and stronger. It can also help reduce the risk of fractures keeping your bones healthy.