Quitting smoking: the best choice you make this year?

Thinking about giving up smoking? Or have you already cut down your intake as one of your New Year’s resolutions?

It could be the best, and certainly the healthiest, decision you make this year.

An overwhelming amount of damage to your health can be reversed by quitting. Studies have shown that quitting at around age 30 reduces the chance of dying from smoking-related diseases by more than 90%, and in recent years, cigarette smoking has been declining with less than one in five adults now regular smokers in the UK.

Although tobacco smoking caused an estimated 101,000 deaths in the UK in 2010, almost a fifth (18%) of all deaths from all causes, it’s not too late to turn things around.

At Randox Health, we advocate full-body wellbeing. Although isolating areas of your body may be essential for specialised testing, a full body health check is key to beginning to understand exactly the effect smoking has had on your health thus far and the correct steps to take to reverse the problems.

Check out our top tips on why you should kick the habit today;

1.  Reduce your cancer risk

19% of all cancer cases in the UK are linked to the inhalation of tobacco smoke. Tobacco caused an estimated 43,000 cancer deaths in the UK in 2010 – more than a quarter (27%) of all cancer deaths. There are over 5,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, including tar and nicotine, and we already know that 70 of these chemicals can cause cancer. Some of the other chemicals in tobacco smoke are even poisonous. On average, smokers live 10 years less than non-smokers so it’s important to make changes to your lifestyle as early as possible to limit future damage.

2.  Breathe more easily

Did you know that after you quit smoking, your lung capacity improves by up to 10% within nine months? In your 20s and 30s, the effect of smoking on your lung capacity may not be apparent until you exercise, however, lung capacity naturally diminishes with age. Having maximum lung capacity can mean the difference between an active, healthy old age and wheezing when you go for a short walk or climb the stairs. Want to know the impact smoking has had on your health? Our Randox Health checks are the most advanced available in the world, examining up to 350 signs of irregularity and disease in your body.

3.  Better immune system

Your blood circulation will improve within two to twelve weeks of stopping smoking. This makes all physical activity, including walking and running, easier and will also give a big boost to your immune system. Fight off colds and flu better than before! The increase in oxygen can also reduce tiredness and the likelihood of headaches.

4.  A smoke-free home protects your loved ones

By quitting smoking, you’ll be protecting the health of your non-smoker friends and family. Breathing in second-hand smoke increases the risk of lung cancer, heart disease and stroke in children. It doubles the risk of getting chest infections, including pneumonia, ear infections, wheezing and asthma. They also have three times the risk of getting lung cancer in later life compared with children who live with non-smokers.

5.  Have more money to treat yourself and your loved ones

If the many health benefits of quitting smoking weren’t enough, the benefit to your pocket should also be felt once you quit for good. Smoking is expensive and you might be surprised how it all adds up. On average, most people who quit save around £250 each month. That’s nearly £3,000 a year going up in smoke. How could you spend that money?

Kick-start your New Year resolution with Randox Health and take a holistic approach to your wellbeing. No area of our body works in isolation – all organs and systems work together to keep you in top health. From our Everyman and Everywoman packages to our most advanced Signature offering, find out the effect smoking has had on your health and receive a tailored action-plan for how to not only reverse some of the effects of smoking, but improve your overall health and wellbeing. It really is a complete, full-body health assessment.

Check out our website https://www.randoxhealth.com/our-packages/ or call 0800 2545 130 to book your initial consultation at our Crumlin, Holywood or London clinics.