Hypnotherapy Glasgow - Help to Quit Smoking
- 20 minutes Your heart rate and blood pressure return to normal.
- 8 hours Nicotine and carbon monoxide start to leave your body and oxygen levels return to normal.
- 24 hours Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
- 48 hours Nicotine has been eliminated from your body and your sense of smell and taste both improve.
- 2 - 12 weeks Exercise becomes easier and your breathing improves.
- 3 - 9 months Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems are reduced as your lungs repair.
- 1 year Your risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker.
- Acetone widely used as a solvent, for example in nail polish remover
- Ammonia found in cleaning fluids
- Arsenic a deadly poison, used in insecticides
- Benzene used as a solvent in fuel and chemical production
- Cadmium a highly poisonous metal used in batteries
- Carbon monoxide (CO) an odourless, tasteless and poisonous gas; makes breathing more difficult as it combines with the blood that carries oxygen around the body. Up to 15 per cent of a smoker's blood may be carrying CO instead of oxygen, making the heart work harder, and potentially leading to coronary heart disease and circulation problems.
- Cyanide a deadly poison
- Formaldehyde used to preserve dead bodies
- Shellac becomes a wood varnish when mixed with a form of alcohol
- Tar a mixture of chemicals (including formaldehyde, arsenic and cyanide). About 70 per cent of the tar is left in smokers' lungs, causing a range of serious lung conditions
Everybody has their own personal reason for wanting to give up smoking. Some people give up as part of a larger lifestyle change - to be healthier, to get fit, or to save money. For some, it's more about how their smoking affects the people around them - their family, friends, and little ones. Whatever your reason, thinking carefully about your motivation and keeping a reminder in key
You probably know that smoking is one of the biggest preventable causes of premature death in the UK. It's linked to a range of serious and often fatal conditions; including heart disease and lung cancer. But there is good news. No matter what your age or how long you've been smoking, almost as soon as you quit, the health benefits begin. Are you under 35? If you stop now, it's likely you'll live just as long as a non-smoker. And even if you're between 65 and 74, give up smoking and you'll have a better life expectancy beyond 75 than those who continue to smoke.
When you quit, this is what happens -
Each cigarette contains around 4,000 chemicals, as well as nicotine, many of which are known to be toxic. Here are a few of the nasties you'll be inhaling in every drag:
What smoking does to your body
Smoking affects the whole body from your head to your toes. We all know about lung cancer, but what else can smoking lead to in your body? Be warned, some of the conditions associated with smoking are quite graphic.
Head - Dull, foul smelling hair, hair loss, loss of hearing, glue ear, eye irritation, cataracts, blindness, loss of sense of smell. Brain Narrowed arteries supplying the brain with oxygen rich blood means an increased risk of stroke, resulting in paralysis and loss of speech. Also, reduced supply of oxygen to the brain can result in headaches, mood changes and panic attacks. Mouth and Throat Gum disease and tooth loss, tobacco- stained teeth, foul-smelling breath, diminished sense of taste, plaque and gum disease, sore throat, cancer of lips, tongue, throat, larynx, oesophagus.
Lungs Bronchitis, emphysema, pneumonia, coughs and colds, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma, tar deposits, damaged cilia, pleurisy, cancer. 25-a-day smokers are 25 times more likely to die from lung cancer than non-smokers. At least 81% of lung cancer deaths in England are smoking related. Heart Narrowed arteries, aortic aneurysm, heart attack, thickened blood, increased pulse rate. Smokers are more than twice as likely to die from coronary heart disease as non-smokers 44% of deaths from heart disease among people aged under 65 are caused by smoking. Smokers are 2-4 times more likely to suffer sudden cardiac arrest than non-smokers, and one in 10 deaths by a stroke is associated with smoking. Circulation Narrowed and hardened arteries leading to atherosclerosis and gangrene of limbs, cold hands and feet, cold skin, decreased fitness, weakened bones, osteoporosis, peripheral vascular disease. Smoking damages the blood vessels in the legs and arms leading to restricted circulation, ulcers, gangrene and even amputation of the limbs. In the majority of people with peripheral vascular disease, which can lead to one or both legs being amputated, are smokers.
Skin - Slow healing skin wounds, premature ageing and wrinkling, reduced oxygen supply to skin resulting in a grey, parched appearance, cellulite resulting from excess toxins in body, tobacco-stained fingers. Bones Women smokers are 5-10% more likely than non-smokers to suffer from osteoporosis (loss of bony tissue resulting in brittle bones that are liable to fracture) before reaching the menopause.
Stomach - Stomach ulcers, cancers of stomach, kidneys, pancreas, bladder. Reproduction system and fertility Impotence, deformed sperm, reduced sperm count and mobility, testicular cancer, reduced fertility, miscarriage, low birth weight baby, cancer of cervix, cot death. Smoking increases the risk of impotence by around 50% for men in their 30s and 40s. Smoking increases the risk of miscarriage, low birth weight and other complications. Low birth weight babies are more likely to require life support.