One of the main killers among Americans is coronary heart disease and smoking causes coronary heart disease by damaging the arteries. After 1 year of not smoking the excess risk of developing coronary heart disease is half of that of a person still smoking.
When you quit smoking, over time you will also reduce the risk of stroke (if you don’t smoke for 5 to 15 years your risk of stroke is reduced to that of nonsmokers) and after being smoke free for 10 years your rate of developing lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of developing other types of cancers is also reduced.
After 15 years of not smoking the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.
Think about the other long-term benefits that come with not smoking such as improving your appearance, getting rid of stained teeth and fingers, smelling good for a change. Quitting smoking will allow you to run with your kids, ride a bike, go hiking, and many other activities that were difficult when smoking.
Think about being in control of your life. No longer do you have to plan your day around when you will get your next fix. You can do things without worrying where you are going to be able to sneak to for a quick smoke. Quitting smoking is going to open many new and exciting doors and you should pursue them. Don’t worry about the future, just know that by quitting smoking you are doing one of the best things for your health that you can.
The health effects of smoking are greatly reduced with each year you are smoke free for you and your family. Just think after 1 year of not smoking you could take the whole family on a trip with the money you saved.