Every year, May 31 is celebrated as World No Tobacco Day. According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, conducted in 2017, 28.6% of people in India consume various forms of tobacco (whether or not smoked).
To push people out of smoking, the Indian government has been working on the ‘Be Healthy Be Mobile’ initiative since 2015, which was carried out in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunications Union. This initiative supports smokers throughout their journey to stop smoking with the help of constant text messages on cellphones.
Doctors believe that the body begins to recover and return to its original state immediately after stopping smoking.
Benefits of quitting smoking: Timeline of healing
WHO states that quitting smoking can show a positive effect on the body immediately. Quitting smoking can bring short-term and long-term benefits. The changes reported after quitting smoking are as follows:
- Within 20 minutes after stopping smoking, heart rate and blood pressure return to normal limits.
- After 12 hours of stopping, carbon monoxide, a poisonous gas, drops to normal in the blood.
- After 2-12 weeks of stopping, blood circulation and lung function of the body begin to improve. Within 12 weeks, the heart and lungs start getting the right amount of oxygen needed for them to function properly.
- After 1-9 months of quitting smoking, there is a slight incidence of coughing and shortness of breath.
- After you stop smoking for one full year, the risk of developing cardiovascular disease is reduced by half of what happens when the person smokes.
- After five years of stopping smoking, the risk of stroke will decrease.
- After 10 years of stopping smoking, the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, lungs, bladder, cervix, and pancreas is reduced by half of what happens when the person smokes.
- After stopping smoking for about 15 years, the risk of suffering from coronary heart disease is equivalent to the risk of a nonsmoker.
The way to stop smoking
Someone who wants to quit smoking must make a decision and must be determined. Some people may need nicotine replacement therapy to stop smoking. In this therapy, people are given nicotine patches, lozenges, gum and inhalers, which release a limited amount of nicotine into the body without tobacco toxicity.
Ongoing support from family members and friends by telephone, email or text can help the person stay motivated through smoking cessation trips.
Some studies reveal that additional therapies such as yoga and acupuncture can help the person overcome withdrawal symptoms as well.
For more information, read our article at How to stop smoking?
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Updated Date: May 29, 2020 15:05:34 IST
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