You probably know that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer. You might not know that smoking also causes cancer of the bladder, kidney, pancreas, oral cavity, cervix, larynx, and pharynx. In addition to increasing your chances of developing one of these deadly cancers, your second-hand smoke increases the chances of your loved ones developing cancer.
If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, you don’t need to wait for a special occasion like New Year’s Day or your next birthday. The earlier you quit, the sooner you can reap the benefits of smoking cessation. On your quit day, you can enjoy lowered carbon monoxide levels in your blood. Shortly after that, you will notice less coughing as your lung function improves.
Even more important than the health benefits you notice are the positive changes happening inside your body that you can’t see. Quitting cigarettes significantly reduces your risk of heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. Even if you’ve smoked for many years, you can reduce your risk of dying from these serious diseases by quitting today. For example, the National Cancer Institute reports that even people who quit at the age of 50 can drop their risk of dying prematurely by 50%.
Perhaps like me you’ve tried to quit several times, or perhaps this is your first time. If you have tried unsuccessfully to stop in the past, you can explore one of the newer quitting aids available to smokers.
Introducing the E-cig
If this is the case, and you have tried to quit in the past without success, or maybe you are making the first attempt, it may be the time you to try e-cigarettes. E-cigarettes have helped hundreds of thousands of smokers worldwide quit tobacco products, including myself who for nearly 40 years was a 20-a-day man.
The vape device or e-cigarette delivers a dose of nicotine orally, the same way as smoking – however, because you are inhaling vapour instead of smoke, the harmful effects are minimised. Recent studies have shown that those who tried to quit smoking using e-cigarettes compared to those who use other methods are far more successful and likely to quit long-term.