Smoking is bad for every part of your body, and causes nearly one in every five deaths in the United States.
Smoking can lead to serious illnesses including heart disease, stroke and lung diseases like emphysema, chronic bronchitis and COPD. It also contributes to more than 10 different kinds of cancer.
Smoking can even decrease bone density and increase the risk of fractures in older women.
Smoking just isn’t worth it. And since it’s not an easy habit to kick, you should ask for help so you can quit for good.
Talk to your GuildNet Care Manager about smoking cessation resources, including support groups and nicotine replacement.
It’s never too late to stop smoking
It’s never too late to stop smoking, even if you have smoked heavily for 30 years or more.
According to the American Lung Association, within twenty minutes of stopping this unhealthy habit, the body begins a series of positive changes.
• Blood pressure decreases
• Pulse rate drops
• Body temperature of hands and feet increases
At 8 hours:
• Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
• Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
At 24 hours:
• Chance of a heart attack decreases
At 48 hours:
• Nerve endings start to re-grow
• Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
After one year:
• Circulation improves
• Walking becomes easier
• Lung function increases
• Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases.
Want to stop? Need help?
Lighthouse Guild provides a full spectrum of vision and healthcare services helping people who are blind or visually impaired. We offer a Diabetes Clinic where you can learn to manage your diabetes and we have Behavioral Health Services where you can get help with smoking cessation, stress reduction and managing dietary changes. If you are a member of GuildNet, discuss with your Care Manager the services available to you in the community.