Before you actually quit smoking, it’s important to know why. Are you doing it for your health, to save money or for your family? Everyone has different reasons for quitting smoking.
Make a list of all the reasons why you want to become smokefree and have this list handy at all times. Every day, remind yourself of your personal reasons to inspire you to quit smoking for good.
When the urge hits, you may lose sight of all those benefits of quitting smoking, but realize that there is no good reason to smoke.
For example, remind yourself of all the health benefits that manifest after you quit smoking:
- 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal.
- After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in the blood normalizes.
- 2 weeks to 3 months later, your circulation and lung function improve and the risk of a heart attack starts to decrease.
- After 9 months you cough less and the shortness of breath disappears.
- After 1 year, the risk of coronary heart disease is halved compared to the risk in smokers. The risk of a heart attack drops dramatically.
- After 2 to 5 years, the risk of stroke decreases to the level of non-smokers. The risk of cancer in the oral cavity, throat, esophagus and bile is halved. The risk of cervical cancer falls to a nonsmoker’s level
- After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer and cancer of the larynx and pancreas decreases.
- 15 years after you quit smoking, the risk of coronary heart disease falls to the level of nonsmokers.
There is no such thing as safe smoking. When you smoke, the chemicals produced quickly pass into your lungs. Your blood also transports the toxins to every organ in your body. But when you quit smoking, your body starts to recover after just 20 minutes. The nicotine has completely disappeared from your body within three days. If you try to quit smoking without using Tabex, you risk to feel worse instead of better. This is because Tabex, like nicotine, targets the receptors in your brain that are responsible for it. This may make you feel uncomfortable, but it is a sign that your body is recovering.
Quitting smoking can extend your life by many years. Smokers who quit before the age of 40 reduce their risk of premature death by about 90 percent. If you stop somewhere between the ages of 45 and 54, you will reduce your risk of premature death from smoking-related illnesses by about two-thirds. By stopping smoking permanently, you can therefore gain more control over your health and your life. Over time, the risk of death from chronic bronchitis, emphysema, heart disease, stroke, lung cancer and at least 13 other cancers decreases significantly.
Lead by example and show everyone that a life without smoking is perfectly possible.