One study found that smokers who quit within the first couple of weeks gained a few extra centimetres of height.
It’s also common for smokers to gain six centimetres of height.
If I Stop Smoking Will I See Changes In My Appearance?
Smoking can cause a reduction in self-confidence. Smoking can also make you more likely to gain weight and reduce your muscle mass.
Smoking can also cause premature graying of your hair, which contributes to the early signs of aging.
However, quitting can help you:
- Improve your confidence.
- Lose weight.
- Increase your muscle mass.
- Reverse the signs of aging.
If you are concerned about the way you look and want to quit smoking, the best time is when you quit.
For example, if you begin smoking when you wake up in the morning, you’ll get more of the nicotine from your cigarette in the first hour.
If you smoke more than one cigarette per hour, you’ll be more likely to smoke a cigarette later in the day.
But if you quit smoking early in the day, you’ll be less likely to smoke.
If you quit smoking, you’ll also be less likely to smoke the rest of the day. This can help you keep a lower cigarette habit.
When you quit smoking, you’ll also be less likely to develop a smoking habit in the future.
Can Smoking Cause Cancer?
There is no evidence that smoking causes cancer.
However, smoking can cause lung cancer and other cancers.
Smoking is a risk factor for heart disease. Smoking can also lead to other health problems, which may increase your risk for cancer.
For example, smoking can cause:
- Lung cancer
- Heart disease
Smoking can also cause:
- Oral cancer
- Throat cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Pancreas cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Uterine cancer
- Cervix cancer
- Breast cancer
- Prostate cancer
If you smoke, you are more likely to develop these types of cancer.
Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in adults, and second only to smoking tobacco.
Smoking can also increase your risk for cancers in the:
If you smoke, the more you smoke, the higher your risk of these types of cancer.
How to Quit Smoking?
The best time to quit smoking is when you quit.
Here are some tips to help you quit smoking:
1. Set SMART goals.
Write down your goals. Choose one or two goals. Write them down and stick to them. The more you think about your goals, the more likely you are to accomplish them.
2. Don’t smoke in places where you know there are people around.
If you smoke in places where people are around, you’re more likely to smoke a cigarette or two.
3. Stay smoke-free.
The longer you smoke, the more likely you are to smoke again.
4. Make a plan.
Choose a time to quit. Figure out what your plan will be. Then make a plan to stop smoking.
Make a plan to stop smoking.
5. Have a plan.
Have a plan for when you smoke. For example, you might:
- Choose where you want to smoke.
- Cut out the nicotine.
- Have a water bottle with you.
- Have a pack of cigarettes with you.
- Have a water pipe with you.
6. Don’t smoke in places where you don’t want to be around other people.
Drowning is the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 40. If you smoke in a secluded place, you’re more likely to smoke a cigarette or two.
7. Don’t smoke in a place where you don’t want to be around people.
If you’re not sure whether or not it’s safe to smoke in a place where other people are, smoke in a place that’s not in your car, at home, or outside.
8. Find a support group.
Find a support group for people who smoke. The more support you have, the better you’ll be able to quit smoking.
9. Find the right product.
Find the right product for you. If you’re not ready to quit smoking, you can try to quit smoking.
10. Have a strategy.
Create a plan for when you smoke. Plan how you’ll deal with tobacco products. Take a look at your environment where you smoke.
11. Be a role model.
Be a role model for other people. If you’re around others who smoke, ask them to quit.
12. Take action.
If you’re not ready to quit, start. Don’t wait until you’re ready. For example, you can:
- Stop smoking in your car.
- Use the product that you can buy over the counter.
- Use the product that makes you smoke less.
13. Know that you can quit.
You can quit. Quitting is the key to success. Keep your motivation and determination high. Keep going when you’re having a hard time.
14. Avoid triggers.
Find out what triggers your smoking. Avoid these triggers when you’re ready to quit.
15. Be positive.
Stay positive. The more you believe you can quit, the more likely you are to succeed.
16. Have an exit strategy.
Write down a plan. Make a plan for when you’re ready to quit.
17. Know that it’s OK to make mistakes.
Know that you can make mistakes. If you do, just move on. Don’t dwell on it. You can always come back and try again.
18. Stay in touch.
Stay in touch with your support group. The more support you have, the better your chances are for success.
19. Practice your skills.
Practice your skills. When you’re ready to quit, practice your skills. For example, if you smoked in your car, practice:
- Not smoking in your car.
- Not smoking in a place where you don’t want to be around people.
What is the takeaway?
Smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in adults. If you’re a smoker, quit now.
Quitting smoking is the best way to lower your risk for lung cancer.
The best way to quit smoking is to have support. Find a support group.
The more support you have, the better your chances are for success.
Find a support group.
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