Smokers who quit smoking, at any age, have a lower risk of dying from diseases associated with nicotine than those who continue to smoke. In addition, they greatly improve their quality of life:
● Quitting smoking at age 30
Smokers who quit smoking around age 30 reduce their chance of dying prematurely from diseases related to smoking by more than 90%
● Quitting smoking at age 50
Smokers who quit around the age of 50 reduce their risk of premature death by more than 50% compared to those who continue to smoke
● Stop smoking at age 60
Even those who quit smoking around 60 years of age or older live longer than those who continue to smoke
The sooner you stop smoking, the more benefits you get.
Benefits for smoker’s health:
The benefits begin to feel immediately and multiply progressively:
- At 20 minutes: decreases blood pressure
- At 12 hours: carbon monoxide is normalized in blood
- Between 2 weeks and 3 months: improves circulation and lung function
- Between the first and the ninth month: a cough and lack of air decreases, reduces the risk of infections
- Year: the possibilities of coronary heart disease lowers by 50 percent, improves energy
- At 5 years: the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder decreases as well as the dangers of neck cancer and stroke is equal to that of a non-smoker
- At 10 years: lung cáncer possibilities lowers by 50 percent and also decreases the dangers of cancer of the larynx and pancreas
- At 15 years: the risk of coronary heart disease is similar to that of a non-smoker.
- Improves taste and smell
- Smoker’s cough disappears
- It is easier to climb stairs and walk several blocks without getting tired.
- Hair and clothes smell better.
- Improves the appearance and health of your skin
Benefits for the non-smoking person.
The consumption of tobacco not only affects the health of the smoker but also that of those around him. Exposure to second-hand smoke causes a 30% increase in the risk of heart attack and lung cancer in non-smokers. In children, exposure is particularly harmful, causing respiratory problems, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome. Exposed pregnant women can also suffer complications. When quitting smoking these risks disappear.
Benefits at work
Smokers get sick more and generally have lower productivity than non-smokers. Because of this, most of the large companies throughout the country have 100% smoke-free workplace policies. On the other hand, the national tobacco control law (Law 26.687) stipulates closed workplaces that are 100% smoke-free. By quitting smoking you will improve your performance in any place of work and it will be easier for you to comply with the smoking ban.
In Argentina, a pack of 20 cigarettes costs about 10 USD, a person who smokes one packet per day will save 300 USD per month or 3650 USD per year.