If you’re a current smoker, the research suggests that no matter what your age, quitting can be extremely beneficial. For instance, if you quit smoking before the age of 40, more than 90 percent of the excess mortality caused by continuing smoking may be avoided.

New research showed that smokers over 65 who quit smoking may reduce their risk of dying from heart-related problems to that of a non-smoker within just eight years.

If you decide to quit, it’s wise to get healthy by eating right and exercising so you don’t turn to another vice, like sugar, as a substitute for smokes. When you do quit, you’ll experience benefits right away and others in the years that follow:

  • Within 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop
  • 12 hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
  • Within three months after quitting, your lung function increases
  • Within nine months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease
  • Within one year after quitting, heart disease risk drops and within five years related cancer risks are cut in half

what about E cigarettes?  According to Dr. Mercola…

When you take a puff of an electronic cigarette a battery heats up a liquid that contains a flavoring (such as tobacco, menthol, cherry, vanilla, or java), a humectant (typically propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin) and, sometimes, nicotine.

As you inhale, you get a “dose” of flavored nicotine without the chemicals typically produced from burning tobacco. However, the FDA has already detected a potentially deadly antifreeze chemical called diethylene glycol in an electronic cigarette cartridge, along with tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer.

Research has also shown that the aerosol from a leading manufacturer of electronic cigarettes contains metals including tin, copper, nickel, and silver, silicate beads and nanoparticles, with unknown but likely deleterious health consequences.

Things to Do Instead of Smoking

If you’re thinking of quitting, when you’re ready, the following strategies, recently posted by TIME, may help, especially in the early days and hours:

  1. Chew carrots: A healthy snack can help you beat nicotine cravings (and the urge to bring something to your mouth). Carrots, celery, radishes, bell pepper slices, and other fresh veggies would all work for this purpose.
  2. Distract yourself: Surround yourself with people who are supportive of your choice to quit and who can help take your mind off of cravings.
  3. “Snap” your cravings away: Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it if you’re considering giving in to a craving. The sting will distract you and give you a moment to remember all of the reasons why you’re quitting.
  4. Exercise: Exercise helps fight addictions by releasing natural feel-good endorphins and easing stress and anxiety.
  5. Take a shower: This is another calming distraction, plus when you feel clean and fresh, you’ll be less likely to want to light up.
  6. Listen to music: Take your mind off of cravings with your favorite relaxing tunes, or put on an upbeat tune and dance to celebrate your new “smoke-free” self.

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