The key health markers to look out for when ditching cigarettes
By Tom Ward
There are many reasons to give up smoking. Maybe instead of helping you relax it’s making you more stressed than ever. Perhaps it’s taking a financial toll (according to the NHS, an average smoker can save up to £3,000 a year by quitting cigarettes for good).
Whatever your reason, a huge factor in your decision will likely be your health. And when it comes to your physical (and mental) wellbeing, there’s everything to play for.
To help yourself stay on course, why not track the changes and improvements in your health? Here are the reasons why tracking various health markers can be so useful when giving up smoking.
- To learn about your body
Quitting smoking can be a slow process, but the benefits will be long-lasting. The key advantages will be a decreased risk of hypertension, a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, improved lung function and better heart health. Not to mention your sense of taste and smell will return, and you’ll be out of breath less often.
Staying aware of these likely improvements – and the health improvements so far – will help you remain motivated and positive to stick to your goals.
- To experience changes almost immediately
According to the World Health Organisation, the benefits of ditching cigarettes will kick in almost immediately. Within the first 20 minutes your heart rate and blood pressure will drop. Inside 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will return to normal. And in the next two to 12 weeks, both circulation and lung function will make a significant leap towards better health.
- To measure your progress
The earlier you quit, the more benefit you’ll gain, of course. The World Health Organisation estimates that those who quit in their 30s will gain almost 10 years of extra life expectancy. Kick the habit in your 40s and your life expectancy increases by nine years.
Obviously, there’s no physical way of seeing how many years you’re adding on to your life. By by using the Nicorette® QuickMist SmartTrack and the Nicorette® app you can track how many days it’s been since your last cigarette. You’ll also see how your body is recovering as you go, with the metrics it shares.
- To stay on track
Quitting is hard. But you don’t have to go it alone. Because just 4% to 7% of people who try to quit smoking through willpower alone achieve their goals, it makes sense to boost your chances of success.
The Nicorette® QuickMist SmartTrack app can help you monitor your progress day by day, tracking your individual nicotine intake and providing customised content to help you stick to your goals and maximise your health.
Not only will this help keep you accountable, but it’ll provide a significant mood boost when you see how far you’ve come.
- To feel supported
In a meta review of a number of studies, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence found that types of ‘behavioural support’ (including NRT) are effective in helping people quit smoking.
It also found that combining these methods resulted in an ‘increased benefit in terms of greater risk reduction, lessening of symptoms and fewer hospital admissions’.
In other words, the more support you offer yourself, the greater your chances of quitting cigarettes for good and recalibrating your health in the process.
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