Damage from smoking is already known to all of us. In celebration of the International Day for the Advancement of the Smoking Campaign, this article is about everything that happens to our body when we stop smoking.
Cigarette smoke contains thousands of substances containing hundreds of toxic materials and dozens of carcinogens. The substances are absorbed in the body during the smoking process and may harm health and affect almost all parts of the body.
The good news is that even if you are a smoker, you can seek help to quit smoking and avoid further damage.
On the occasion of the International Day for the Advancement of the Fight Against Smoking, which began today, here are all the things that occur in the body after you stop smoking.
Many studies have shown the connection between smoking and eye diseases such as cataracts and retinal damage. If you stop smoking, the risk of eye damage will be significantly reduced.
Smoking has been shown to increase the risk of osteoporosis, which also exposes us to fractures in normal daily activity. The cessation of smoking stops the deterioration and allows the patient to recover.
Teeth and gums.
Many studies have shown that smoking may also damage the fusion between the bone and implant after a dental implant. Therefore, smoking cessation is important and necessary for those who perform dental implants. Dentists will usually refuse to perform bone transplants and treatments if you still smoke.
Many times, smokers try to use various products to hide the smell of cigarettes and even try to plan the day to avoid such embarrassing situations after smoking. Quitting smoking will help you enter the room without feeling guilty and without body odor.
The smoker’s face has a unique appearance which is grayish skin color, wrinkles on the upper lip, and wrinkles from the corner of the eye to the corner of the mouth. Smoking increases the level of free radicals in the skin and these bind to the genetic material.
The change in genetic structure leads to an expression of skin aging and the risk of pre-cancerous skin lesions. Nicotine in cigarettes causes a blood vessel contraction that damages blood flow to the skin.
When less blood comes in, the skin does not get enough oxygen and essential components like vitamins. In addition, many of the thousands of chemicals in cigarettes damage collagen and elastin that give the skin its strength and elasticity. As a result, the skin becomes “thinner” and less elastic and appear wrinkled.
Even the exposure to the heat from the burning cigarette and the facial expressions done during smoking contribute to the formation of wrinkles. Quitting smoking will improve the flow of blood to your face, and soon after quitting smoking you will likely receive compliments for the new look.
Within a short period of time – even two days – after the quitting smoking, the nerve ends begin to grow again and the taste and smell senses improve. Additionally, the flavors become more pronounced sweet.
Smokers have a high risk of up to 20 times more lung cancer than nonsmokers. Quitting smoking significantly reduces the risk. The risk of the disease declines so steeply that about a year after the last cigarette is extinguished, the risk of death from lung cancer has dropped to half.
Only 20 minutes from the last cigarette and the body will feel the change. Blood pressure, heart rate, and blood flow improve. These are the first signs that you are on the right path.
Smoking is the main behavioral risk factor for coronary heart disease and vascular disease, much more than poor diet, lack of exercise, or excessive alcohol consumption.
Smokers have a 2-4 fold higher risk of heart disease and stroke than nonsmokers. The vast majority of young people with heart disease are actually smokers. A month after the last cigarette, the risk of a heart attack drops significantly.
Blood vessel thrombosis.
Women who smoke are at increased risk for heart disease and stroke due to venous thrombosis caused by increased blood clotting. It is a very important risk to discuss this with your family doctor and the obstetrician.
In addition, smoking may cause menopause to be advanced by about two years. The more women smoke, the greater the chance of menopause. Quitting smoking reduces the risk sharply.
Cigarette smoking affects the peripheral blood vessels, which impair their functioning and ultimately affect blood supply to the groin and genital area, leading to erectile dysfunction.
Many smokers have begun to experience a decrease in erectile strength to the point of impotence. Quitting smoking will help reduce risk and prevent worsening of the situation.
Even before we talk about the risks of smoking during pregnancy to mother and fetus, men and women who smoke suffer from fertility decline and have difficulty getting pregnant which often leads to fertility treatments that may have been avoided.