Stopping smoking (smoking cessation) is one of the most important health changes a patient can make.
Smoking increases the risk of many conditions:
- peripheral vascular
- cancer (lung, laryngeal, oro-pharyngeal, stomach, pancreatic, renal cell and bladder cancers)
- Smoking cessation will have almost immediate effects on the reducing the risk of cardiovascular events.
- The major risks can reduce within 2 to 5 years of stopping smoking but for some conditions the risk never returns to that of non-smokers.
- 80% of adult smokers begin as children. Ensuring young people avoid smoking is important as nicotine addiction can occur rapidly at this age.
- For every year that you continue to smoke after the age of 40, life expectancy will decrease by 3 months.
Talk to your doctor today if you wish to stop smoking.
*Information obtained from HealthPathways