What Should I Expect When I Quit Smoking?

By Becky Purvis

What Should I Expect When I Quit Smoking?

Smokers who quit their habit and give up cigarettes will find that they are helping their health and saving money.

By Becky Purvis

OverviewSince the 1960s, more than 45 million Americans have tossed away their smokes for the last time, embracing the healthier lifestyle and health benefits of the non-smoker.SignificanceA person who quits smoking greatly cuts his chances of dying prematurely by reducing risk for lung cancer, heart disease, stroke and vascular disease.EffectsThe effects of not smoking can be felt almost immediately as the level of carbon monoxide in the blood decreases and the level of oxygen increases to normal.ConsiderationsThe first few weeks of quitting are the most difficult because of withdrawal symptoms, including restlessness, irritability, depression, headaches and being lightheaded.BenefitsPositive side effects from smoking cessation include improved sense of smell and taste, quicker healing time, decreased illnesses, more energy and better breath. Former smokers save money, as well–as much as $2,540 each year–by quitting a pack-a-day habit.Fast FactNearly half of the states–24 as of July 2009–have enacted statewide smoking bans in all enclosed public places.ResourcesreferenceCenters for Disease Control and Prevention: Smoking & Tobacco UsereferenceOffice of the Surgeon GeneralreferenceMedline Plus: Quitting Smoking

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REFERENCE/RESOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Smoking & Tobacco Use
REFERENCE/RESOURCE: Office of the Surgeon General
REFERENCE/RESOURCE: Medline Plus: Quitting Smoking

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