Posted by: vmbhonde | जून 7, 2010


EVEN IF YOU HAVE KICKED THE BUTT FOR GOOD, DEPENDING ON HOW LONG YOU SMOKED, YOUR BODY WOULD HAVE SUFFERED. WHAT CAN YOU DO TO REGAIN YOUR HEALTH? Within 12 hours of quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your body comes down to normal. Your breath smells better.
C igarettes contain a very efficient drug -each puff sends nicotine to the brain the brain within 10 seconds. Soon the brain’s chemical structure actually changes.  Soon the brain’s chemical structure actually changes. It becomes hooked into wanting more and more nicotine to make the effects last which is what makes smoking so addictive.
with a smoker have a 24 per cent increase in risk for developing lung. Put away your ashtrays. Change your morning routine. Stay busy and when you get the urge to smoke, do something else instead. Carry other things to put in your mouth, such as gum, hard candy or a toothpick. The expected consequences of quitting are irritability, difficulty in concentrating, increased appetite, feeling distracted or sleepy, and getting the urge to smoke. But don’t worry because these feelings will pass.
Try to exercise and keep thinking of the positive side to quitting. Several techniques are available to assist people who want to quit including nicotine replacement therapy, behaviour modification therapy, self help literature
Withdrawal symptoms,once you stop smoking are the highest in the first week, and can make you think twice about your decision. Many people also believe that damage repair after quitting is not possible. But the fact is that our body repair functions are so strong that once you stop smoking, it automatically repairs the damage. making, you feel good, very good. For starters, your breath smells better, your cough goes away, you can taste and smell food better. These benefits happen to men and women of all ages, even those who are older and have a disease or condition caused by smoking. In the long run, quitting cuts the risk of lung and other cancers, heart disease, stroke and other lung or breathing diseases (chronic bronchitis, pneumonia and emphysema).
When you quit, you give your body a chance to repair itself and heal from the damage all that nicotene has caused. In the first 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and pulse rate will get back to normal levels, and within 12 hours the carbon monoxide level in your body comes down to normal.
From two weeks to three months, your circulation improves and the protective layer of your respiratory system called cilia starts recovering so there is an evident change in lung function and stamina.
From one to nine months, coughs and headaches are gone and there is a decrease in anxiety and depression.
At one year, the risk of coronary heart disease is half of what it was when you smoked. In five years’ time after you have quit, your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker. In 10 years’ time, the risk of getting lung cancer is halved. After 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is like that of a non-smoker unless you have other health problems that cause it. Ex-smokers have better health than current smokers, The writer is a practising general physician with Breach Candy Hospital, Mumbai.

suhas patil” <    6-5-2010



  1. I will try to fwd it to some of my friends who smoke… I hope they will understand it.

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