You've turned the packet featuring the blackened lung over so you don't have to look at it. You've read the newspaper reports that state that smoking is the cause of around 80%1 of the 45,000 cases of lung cancer in the UK each year2. Despite smoking being proven to harm just about every part of the body, still around 10 million adults in the UK regularly 'light up'.
It’s not too late to reap the benefits of quitting smoking:
1) Quitting smoking reduces your risk of heart disease.
Smokers have a much higher risk of a heart attack than non-smokers; as much as a five times greater risk if you’re aged under 40 years3. But if you quit, within just one year your risk of a heart attack will drop to about half that of a smoker, and after 15 years your risk falls to a level similar to that of a person who has never smoked.
2) Quitting smoking reduces your risk of lung cancer.
If smokers quit before the age of 30 they can avoid almost all of the risk of lung cancer attributable to smoking4. For more information on lung cancer, and other cancers, please visit our Cancer Care Hub.
3) Quitting smoking improves your fertility.
Smoking, including passive smoking, affects fertility
for both men and women. In men it is linked to sperm abnormalities5
and it has been shown to affect the receptivity of the womb in women. So if you’re trying to conceive and either you or your partner smoke, quitting will significantly increase your chances.
4) Non-smokers enjoy better sex.
Stopping smoking improves the flow of blood around the body and that can make a big difference to sensitivity. Women may find they become aroused more easily and enjoy better orgasms and men who stop smoking may reduce impotence and get better erections.
5) Quitting smoking improves well-being and increases energy.
Your circulation will improve in as little as two weeks6 after stopping smoking, so you’ll feel the almost immediate benefits of having more energy as oxygen levels in the body increase. It may make exercise easier, headaches less frequent and your immune system will get a boost, so you’re less likely to get run down with constant colds and flu.
For more information on any kind of cancer, visit our Cancer Care Hub. Designed to give you all the facts at your fingertips, here you’ll find a range of easy to read infographics, answers to common questions from our specialist consultants and comprehensive information on screening, diagnostics and treatment options.
Our Advanced Health Assessment investigates risks to your heart and lung health as well as your risk of various cancers, to help you to improve your health and wellbeing.
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5 Ramlau-Hansen CH et al. Is smoking a risk factor for decreased semen quality? A cross-sectional analysis. Hum Reprod. 2007 Jan;22(1):188-96