The benefits of quitting are noticed from the first moment of stopping and continue gradually over time.
Quirónsalud Torrevieja hospital has conducted free tests to measure the level of carbon monoxide from smoking, to mark the occasion of world no smoking day, with the goal of emphasising the importance of prevention and early detection of diseases associated with tobacco consumption. Everyone who underwent this test received a gift of an aromatic plant and advice of our specialists to kick this habit.
According to the latest national health survey, 24% of the population over 15 years of age smoke daily, even though the data obtained shows smoking has decreased slightly in all population groups, it shows a slight increase in young women.
Among the multiple risks of tobacco are the occurrence of diseases through changes in the response of cells due to the more than 4,000 harmful chemicals. This sometimes involves the appearance of tumours and, in other cases, death of cells and disruption due to rupture and degeneration of body tissues. Among the most important illnesses is lung cancer. In fact, a smoker has between 5 and 20 times higher risk of developing lung, larynx, oesophagus and bladder cancer than a non-smoker. Also coronary diseases, such as angina pectoris or heart attack, and cerebrovascular diseases, peripheral artery occlusion and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It also worsens or hinders the healing of inflammatory and infectious pulmonary diseases.
The benefits of giving up smoking
According to Dr. Dick Pasker, hospital pulmonologist Quirónsalud Torrevieja, "After the first 20 minutes without smoking, the heart rate and blood pressure values return to normal levels. Between eight and twenty-four hours the blood regulates the levels of carbon monoxide and oxygen. Between two and four days after giving up the sense of taste and smell recover remarkably. Two months later, lung capacity begins to improve when physical exercise is performed. Three months later the symptoms of physical addiction disappear. Between three and six months there is a remarkable psychological improvement. From the first day there is already a lower risk of thrombosis or myocardial infarction. After 4 years the risk of myocardial infarction is almost equal to that of someone who has never smoked. Bronchial symptoms are reduced or disappear. By ten years the risk of lung cancer decreases to less than half."
How to quit smoking
The specialist of Quirónsalud Torrevieja advises us to follow the following steps if we want to stop smoking:
1. Think about why you smoke every time you light a cigarette. Find out about tobacco.
2. Search your reasons for quitting and write a list.
3. Avoid situations that you associate with smoking. Choose smoke-free environments.
4. Decide the day you are going to stop smoking and tell your family and friends.
Action plan. What to do on the first day?
5. Get up a little earlier and do some physical exercise. Drink plenty of fluids (water, juices).
6. You should be as active as possible throughout the day.
7. Make up your mind not to smoke, even if it is only today.
How to continue not smoking?
8. Practice some physical activity, better in a group, and take a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Review your list of reasons to stop smoking.
9. If you feel a strong desire to smoke, do not worry: relax, take a deep breath and concentrate on what you are doing.
10. Do not give in for a single cigarette. Congratulate yourself for each day you go without smoking.
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