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What are the health benefits of quitting smoking completely?

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Posted on Thu, 31 Jul 2014
Question: just curious, after 30+ years of smoking I quit on Jan-12 of this year, 6 months this past Saturday.. what are the immediate health benifits and the future benefits? Absolutely no bad habits now, absolutely no alchohol sinse my firat child was 3 , he will be 37 in December, so 34 years... I have exercised every day sinse both kids eere in high school, again 1 will be 37 in Dec. and the other will be 35 in Dec. have also taken vitamins every day faithfully for over 30 years. Thank You!
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Answered by Dr. Luchuo Engelbert Bain (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Many, health wise and social. Better nutritional s

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thanks for the query,

Its interesting to note that you quit smoking completely, and have a very healthy life style especially with regards to exercise.

Not smoking has for sure, not ONLY immediate benefits, but long term benefits. Smoking is a major risk factor, especially, but not exclusively for lung cancer, but other common cancers like throat and stomach cancer. Not smoking greatly decreases chances of getting these cancers.

Breathing disorders like asthma and chronic bronchitis are aggravated by smoking. Quitting smoking spares you from this situation. Smoking is expensive, and some persons spend lots of money on cigarettes. Not smoking spares you again from indulging in other risky behaviors generally accompanying smoking like drinking.

It is important to note that smoking, in most persons causes dependence. Not smoking spares you from this and makes you save more time. In some persons, they experience loss of appetite when the smoke, feed poorly and generally have poorer nutritional status. Not smoking spares you from this.

The medical and social benefits of smoking are enormous as cited above. Feel free asking any further questions in case of need. Kind regards,

Dr Bain
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Brief Answer: Many, health wise and social. Better nutritional s Detailed Answer: Hi and thanks for the query, Its interesting to note that you quit smoking completely, and have a very healthy life style especially with regards to exercise. Not smoking has for sure, not ONLY immediate benefits, but long term benefits. Smoking is a major risk factor, especially, but not exclusively for lung cancer, but other common cancers like throat and stomach cancer. Not smoking greatly decreases chances of getting these cancers. Breathing disorders like asthma and chronic bronchitis are aggravated by smoking. Quitting smoking spares you from this situation. Smoking is expensive, and some persons spend lots of money on cigarettes. Not smoking spares you again from indulging in other risky behaviors generally accompanying smoking like drinking. It is important to note that smoking, in most persons causes dependence. Not smoking spares you from this and makes you save more time. In some persons, they experience loss of appetite when the smoke, feed poorly and generally have poorer nutritional status. Not smoking spares you from this. The medical and social benefits of smoking are enormous as cited above. Feel free asking any further questions in case of need. Kind regards, Dr Bain