11 March 2010

What You Can Get After Quitting Smoking

What You Can Get After Quitting SmokingWhite Teeth and Healthy Gum
Smoking causes yellowing of the teeth and offensive breath. Also, smoking multiplies the risk of oral cancer and gum disease, as it constricts blood flow to the gums. In fact, some gum experts feel it is not worth providing advanced treatment for gum disease in smokers, as there is very little chance of improvement. In addition, most tooth loss in adults is connected to smoking.

Strong Bones
Smoking harms your bones. Smoking has been recognized as one of the key reasons cause for osteogenesis imperfecta a medical term for brittle bones. Smoking makes bones weaker as you get older. Nicotine has an effect on the calcium content in your bones an essential part of the functioning and strengthening of bones. Smoking one pack a day for more than ten years can cause a 10 percent loss of bone support.

Your Own Legs
Smokers have a 16 times greater chance of developing peripheral vascular disease - blocked blood vessels in the legs or feet, than persons who have never smoked. Smokers who ignore the warning of early symptoms and continue to smoke are more likely to develop gangrene of a leg.

Healthy Heart
Most people associate smoking with lung cancer. However, smoking is also a major cause of cardiovascular heart vessel disease. Smoking is starving your heart one of the main things it needs to function - oxygen. Smoking is responsible for around one in five of all heart disease deaths and nearly half of all smokers who die from smoking do so due to heart and blood vessel disease. Your risk of a heart attack reduces within days as soon as you quit smoking, but only after years of successful quitting smoking attempt your risk of heart disease is reduced to that of people who have never smoked. Quitting smoking also reduces your risk of high blood pressure.

Smoke Free Environment
Passive smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke is a serious health hazard for adults and especially dangerous for children and babies. People and children who inhale smoke from others are at greater risk of becoming sick. Respiratory infections are more common among children exposed to secondhand smoke. Exposure to secondhand smoke is and may cause low birth weight, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and middle ear infections.

Improved Sense of Taste and Smell
Smoking causes damage to the nasal membranes and reduces their ability to recognize aromas. Smoking causes long-term damage to the sense of smell, but the senses of taste and smell are closely linked to one another, so smoking causes lasting harm to both. If you quit smoking, you will notice some improvement, but unfortunately, the smell function improves very slowly.

The financial costs of smoking are extended far beyond the cost of a pack of cigarettes. Smokers pay more for insurance. Smokers lose money on the resale value of their cars and homes. Smokers spend more on dry cleaning and teeth cleaning. Smoking is expensive and for that money, you are getting nothing except yellow teeth, bad breath, smelly clothes and an addiction that is going to kill you. So, money is just another incentive to quit smoking for good.