Quitting Smoking: Timeline of What Happens to Your Body After You Kick the Habit

20 minutes after last cigarette

Just 20 minutes after the last drag, your body begins to recover, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Nicotine, the addictive chemical in smoking, acts as a stimulant and gives that all-important ‘kick’. Not long after the last puff of smoke, heart rate and blood pressure return to normal following this high.

Eight hours

The effects of withdrawal are strong as nicotine leaves the bloodstream and cravings start to happen making it a testing time and the moment when most smokers reach for another cigarette.

One day

Anxiety and ‘stress’ levels peak. The feeling of stress associated with quitting smoking isn’t usually stress – it’s a sign of withdrawal.

That’s why it’s untrue that smoking de-stresses, it’s just feeding a craving. In fact, research shows non- and ex-smokers feel less stressed than smokers.

Quitting Smoking - Timeline of What Happens to Your Body After You Kick the Habit

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Pope Francis Bans Sale of Cigarettes at the Vatican on Health Grounds

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday.

“The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people,” spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement.

He cited World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics that smoking causes more than seven million deaths worldwide every year.

Pope Francis Bans Sale of Cigarettes at the Vatican on Health Grounds

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Japanese Company Offers Extra Days Off to Workers Who Don’t Smoke

Over the summer, employees at a Japanese marketing firm noticed that not all of their colleagues were working the same number of hours.

About one-third of the people at the company, Piala, were smokers and stepped away from their desks during the day for cigarette breaks. Despite the time the smokers were away from work, everyone left the office for the night at the same time.

Nonsmokers at the agency complained about the unfairness to the chief executive, whose response in September has drawn attention in a country where tobacco use remains popular and workers take few days off. Employees at Piala who did not smoke, the company announced, would be rewarded with up to six additional vacation days a year.

Japanese Company Offers Extra Days Off to Workers Who Don’t Smoke

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Quitting Smoking, Boosting Vitamin D Reduces MS Healthcare Costs, Improves Outcomes

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) who quit smoking have better health outcomes than those who continue. Therefore, MS-related costs can be reduced by encouraging smokers to quit.

Similar results were observed in MS patients with healthy vitamin D levels, Maura Pugliatti, from the University of Ferrara, in Italy, said Friday in a presentation at the 7th Joint ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS Meeting in Paris, France.

Quitting Smoking, Boosting Vitamin D Reduces MS Healthcare Costs, Improves Outcomes

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Cigarette Taxes Are the Best Way to Cut Smoking, Scaring Big Tobacco

Health experts agree that raising taxes is the most effective way to reduce tobacco use. The U.S. surgeon general, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have all concluded that raising taxes helps large numbers of smokers to quit and have advocated loudly for it.

But many states – Missouri, Kentucky and Georgia among them – have not significantly increased their cigarette fees in decades, bowing to pressure from tobacco lobbyists and an ingrained antipathy among conservatives to raising taxes of any kind.

As a result, America’s smokers are increasingly concentrated in states where cigarettes are cheap.

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 11: People smoking on the 16th St mall October 11, 2017. City Council committee on will discuss and likely advance the 16th Street Mall smoking ban proposal. This would ban cig, cigar and vape smoking on the mall and within 50 feet of the paved portion, which means you can't even duck around the corner for a drag on (Photo by John Leyba/The Denver Post)

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Smoking Costs 45,400 Lives, $16.2B in a Year, Study Finds

There are more than 45,400 deaths in Canada attributable to smoking, and the habit cost the economy $16.2 billion in 2012, according a new study from the Conference Board of Canada.

Those costs include health care, tobacco enforcement, lost productivity and lost years of life attributable to smoking, with health care alone costing Canada $6.5 billion.

Although Canada’s smoking rate is falling, the numbers of deaths and the cost to the economy continue to rise.

Smoking Costs 45,400 Lives, $16.2B in a Year, Study Finds

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Smoking to Be Banned on 20 Beaches in Thailand

Smoking will be banned on up to 20 beaches in Thailand after a massive amount of cigarette butts were found on the beaches, the country’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources says.

The ban, effective from November 1, will be imposed on popular beaches across Thailand, including Patong beach in the southern city of Phuket, the eastern city of Pattaya and Hua Hin and Cha Am south of the capital.

Smoking to Be Banned on 20 Beaches in Thailand

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Should People Who Can’t Quit Smoking Switch to E-Cigarettes?

Switching to e-cigarettes won’t solve all the health problems smokers face. For example, e-cigarettes are still addictive, and studies suggest that they may be bad for heart health. But compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes — which, in addition to nicotine, are full of tar and other toxins— e-cigarettes could be a less-risky option, a new study suggests.

Using mathematical models, researchers calculated how two possible scenarios of cigarette and e-cigarette use — one optimistic scenario and one pessimistic scenario — could impact public health if Americans who smoked cigarettes switched to e-cigarettes over the next 10 years.

Should People Who Can't Quit Smoking Switch to E-Cigarettes

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Drivers Beware – Smoking Can Slash £2,000 off Your Car’s Value

People who smoke in their cars could end up decreasing the value of their car.

Smoking in your car can cost you up to £2,000 when you go to trade-in or sell the vehicle, reveals a survey by Carbuyer.

Estimations from the automotive data specialist at cap hpi believe that once once potential smells, stains and burn marks had been taken into account, a car driven by a heavy smoker could easily lose up to £2000.

The survey of 6,000 drivers found that 87 per cent of people wouldn’t buy a used car that has been smoked in.

Drivers Beware - Smoking Can Slash £2,000 off Your Car's Value

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Success Rates for People Quitting Smoking Hit Record High

Success rates for smokers trying to give up have hit a record high in part thanks to the increasing use of e-cigarettes, figures reveal.

Nearly 20% of those who attempted to quit in the first half of 2017 managed to kick the habit, a University College London report shows.

By contrast, over the past decade the average has been 15.7%. UCL researchers defined successful quitting as not having smoked in the previous 12 months.

Success Rates for People Quitting Smoking Hit Record High

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