with our help at National Pharmacy, Hamrun Malta
First and foremost lets mention the awesome benefits of quitting smoking
Within 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal. Circulation improves in your hands and feet, making them warmer.
Within 12 hours of stopping, the oxygen level in your blood will rise to normal and your carbon monoxide level will fall.
Within 24 hours, the chance of you suffering a heart attack starts to reduce.
Within 48 hours your sense of taste and smell improves.
Within 2 weeks, you can hold more air in your lungs. Breathing becomes easier. Your energy levels increase.
After a year of quitting smoking, the lungs improve their capacity to clear and reduce infection.
Within 5 years, the risk of having a heart attack and stroke falls to about half that of a smoker. The risk of getting cancer affecting the respiratory tract and upper digestive tract will drop by half.
Within 10 years, the risk of death attributed to lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
Within 15 years, the risk of heart disease is similar to that of a person who never smoked.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy to Help You Quit Tobacco
Nicotine is the main addictive substance in tobacco. When a person uses tobacco, many parts of the body get used to having nicotine in them. When a person quits tobacco, they also quit nicotine and will likely have withdrawal symptoms from it. This is because the body has to get used to not having nicotine.
The nicotine in tobacco leads to actual physical dependence. This can cause unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when a person tries to quit.
Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) gives you nicotine – in the form of gum, patches, sprays, or inhalers – but not the other harmful chemicals in tobacco. NRT can help relieve some of the physical withdrawal symptoms so that you can focus on the psychological (emotional) aspects of quitting.
Many studies have shown using NRT can nearly double the chances of quitting smoking.