Have you considered the benefits of a life without tobacco?

Improving your health

Whatever your age and the number of years you have smoked, quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health. Men who quit smoking between the ages of 35 and 39 increase their life expectancy by 5 years; women of the same age, by 3 years. Even after the age of 65, quitting smoking increases life expectancy of both men and women.

  • One year after quitting, the risk of heart disease (heart attack) is halved.
  • After 15 years, the risk is comparable to that of a person who has never smoked.
  • 10 years after quitting smoking, the risk of lung cancer is halved.
  • In men, smoking increases the risk of impotence. By quitting smoking, the risk is reduced.

Women derive many benefits from quitting smoking

Smoking is dangerous for those taking the pill. By quitting smoking, women who are on the pill significantly reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.

  • Smokers who want to have children take longer to become pregnant. Women who stop smoking before considering pregnancy have the same chance of becoming pregnant as non-smokers.
  • A woman who smokes runs a greater risk of having a low-birth-weight baby. Women who quit smoking before or during the first trimester of pregnancy can reduce the risk of having a child with a low birth weight to that of a non-smoker.
  • Nicotine crosses the placental barrier. After the baby is born, it passes into the breast milk, in this way smoking affects the nervous system of infants.
  • Menopause occurs earlier in smokers. Quitting smoking delays this.
  • Smoking increases wrinkles. By quitting smoking, you improve your skin.
The effects of smoking on women's health

Protecting the health of our children

  • Children of smokers are twice as likely to become smokers as children of non-smokers. By quitting smoking, you reduce the risk of your children becoming smokers.
  • Children of smokers suffer more from respiratory infections, asthma and chronic coughs than children of non-smokers.
  • The risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is higher when parents smoke.

The benefits of a life without tobacco

After   Résultat
20 minutes Heart rate+ body temperature = non-smoker
8 hours Blood oxygenation
Risk of a heart attack

= non-smoker

Decreases

24 hours Carbon monoxide in the body
Bad breath
Mucus and tar in the lungs
Risk of respiratory infections (bronchitis, pneumonia...)

= 0

Decreases

Decreases

Decreases

48 hours nicotine in the blood = 0
1 week Sense of taste + sense of smell Increases
3-9 month Breathing (less coughing, less shortness of breath)
Lung function

Increases

Increases by 5 -10%

1 year Risk of heart disease (e.g. infarction) Decreases
by 50 %
5 years Risk of stroke
Risk of mouth, esophagus + bladder

Decreases
by 50 %

Decreases
by 50 %

10 years Risk of lung cancer
Risk of a stroke

Decreases
by 50 %

= non-smoker

15 years Risk of heart disease
Mortality (all causes)

= non-smoker

= non-smoker

 

 

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