After 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette your blood pressure and pulse rate returns to normal.
After 24 hours the carbon monoxide produced when you smoke is eliminated from your body. Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
Somewhere between 3 – 9 months you lung function is increased by up to 10%, which means coughing, wheezing and breathing problems will have reduced.
In 6 months you will have saved something in the region of £750.
After 5 years your risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.
After 5 years you will have saved something in the region of £7,500.
After 10 – 15 years your risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker. Your risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
Reasons people give for smoking
'I smoke because it makes me feel calm/calms me down'
Actually, cigarettes contain 4,000 chemicals including arsenic and cyanide (yes, I know I said I wouldn’t lecture you!). What happens when you take a drag of a cigarette is that your body registers the presence of these poisons and says something like ‘get that stuff out of me!’. It goes into a chemical reaction of it’s own and pumps the body full of adrenalin. It also increases your blood pressure and breathing rate to try to flush out your system. This in turn gives you a buzz, we like this feeling, this is why we do things like go on roller coasters etc – this we interpret as good when in fact it is a disaster. The main reason you feel calmer is because the cigarette causes you to breath deeper, and the adrenalin increases your oxygen level. How long does it take you to smoke a cigarette? 5 minutes? Try 5 minutes of deep breathing – it would give you the same calming affect without having the poisons rushing around your body. Often, when people have a cigarette they stop what they are doing and take a break – then when they feel calmer, they give the cigarette the credit!
'I don’t want to put on weight when I give up/I have put on weight before when I have given up'
People tend to put on weight when they have just swapped one oral habit for another. That is why Cognitive Hypnotherapy is more successful. You are not just going to give up one habit and pick up another, we are going to work together to change how you feel about smoking.
Another thing that most people don’t know is that cigarettes are dipped in sugar. If you have ever accidentally burnt sugar (don’t try this if you haven’t – sugar is highly flammable) you will know that it gives off a really powerful and rather pleasant smell. When you light a cigarette, it is directly underneath your nose so the smell of the burning sugar goes straight up your nose into the brain and gives you a buzz. When people give up smoking they often get cravings for sweet things – this is why. Cigarette manufactures rely on the fact that many people would rather risk cancer than getting fat!
'Cigarettes help me concentrate'
Many people say this. They may be at work or at home concentrating on what they are doing, spending long periods of time maybe working or reading or doing something that requires concentration and then they feel the need for a cigarette. However, it is just the nicotine addiction
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