For instance, a smoker's heart rate is on average 9 beats faster per minute than normal.
- Smoking is a powerful stimulant. Cigarette smoking stimulates adrenaline and increases the heart rate. When one smokes, the body is in fact stimulated, contrary to many smoker's assumption that the cigarette has a calming, relaxing or anxiety reducing effect. A smoker is experiencing an artificial feeling of being relaxed. Essentially, the perceived relaxed feeling is the removing of the stress caused by the last cigarette. Smokers are therefore; still tenser than if they were a non-smoker.
- Within hours of smoking cessation, the heart rate reduces to normal.
- Smoking clogs the arteries, leading to heart attack and strokes. Smokers are on average 2-4 times more likely to suffer cardiac arrest than a non-smoker.
- Smoking cessation reduces the risk of fatal heart and lung diseases. Within five years of quitting smoking, the risk of heart attack is approximately half of that of a smoker. Within ten years of quitting smoking, the risk of heart attack is more or less equivalent to that of a non-smoker, who never smoked a cigarette in their life.
Some other findings:
Many people may realise that smoking causes wrinkling of the skin. However, did you know that the majority of plastic surgeons do not perform facial operations on smokers? This is as a result of the risk involved; nicotine results in constriction of the capillaries, making surgery on the face dangerous.
Smoking associated with changes in women's waist to hip ratio (WHR) of fat distribution. There is a considerable amount of evidence, which reveals that smoking cigarettes increases the accumulation of abdominal fat.
Smoking found to interfere with the brain and nervous system and attributed to increasing susceptibility to anxiety, stress, depression and other psychological problems.
The cost of smoking!
Smoking 20 cigarettes a day, costs approximately €3000 a year, €30000 in 10 years and over a lifetime (est 56 years) €168,000.
HOW MANY CIGARETTES DO YOU SMOKE EACH WEEK?
ARE THERE WEEKS YOU SMOKE MORE?
CAN YOU WORK OUT THE COST OF SMOKING FOR YOU IN ONE YEAR?
For many the cost of smoking would pay their mortgage or significantly reduce the repayments.
NOTE: The above is an estimate. The price of cigarette packets vary and inflation has not be accounted for in this estimate. Furthermore, there are additional costs which smoking incurs, not calculated into the above figures, such as the increase in Health Insurance premiums etc.
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