Smoking Cessation tips by Christina, Pharmacist, Henderson’s Pharmacy
The new year brings with it new choices and deciding to quit smoking is a very good choice. Henderson’s pharmacists can help you successfully quit smoking if it is an important choice you decide to make.
Many are realizing the dangers and cost related to smoking. Smoking in Canada has decreased by 10-15% in the last 15 years.
The risk of lung cancer death increases with each cigarette smoked in a day. Risks in smoking are not only for a smoker.
Second hand smoking also creates a health risk. The cost alone of smoking can be upwards of $2500.00 annually.
There are many benefits of quitting smoking, within 20 minutes your blood pressure can return to normal. Oxygen levels in blood can return to normal within 8 hours of quitting.
Usually after 2 to 3 days of quitting a reformed smoker can notice an improved sense of taste and smell, increased physical endurance and the ability to breathe easier. The benefits continue and within a year of no smoking, the risk of a smoking related heart attack has decreased by 50%. After 5 years the long term benefits start to show. The risk of mouth, throat and lung cancers to name a few, are greatly reduced.
Quitting smoking is a lifetime commitment and understanding why you smoke and what your triggers are will help in your success. There are many methods of quitting including prescription and non-prescription products. Henderson’s pharmacists are more than happy to start you on your journey to becoming and staying smoke free!