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Happy Quitday to Me!

Has it been five years already?




QuitMeter Counter courtesy of www.quitmeter.com.



When Smokers Quit—The Health Benefits Over Time



* 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.

* 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

* 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.

* 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.

* 1 year after quitting: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker's.

* 5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.



* 10 years after quitting: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a continuing smoker's. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease.

* 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.



I only smoked for about a year and a half, and it was still enough to effect me for the rest of my life. I still get cravings, especially when I'm very overwhelmed with stress. I'll even admit that my last cigarette was not, in fact, five years ago. I screwed up a couple times. By then it had been well over a year, and the taste was enough to remind me why I quit. I know I never would have stuck with it if I hadn't gotten pregnant a month after quitting. Thank you, God, and thank you, Eden!

If you've never done it - seriously, never start. If you're smoking now, you can quit! Save your life, the life of your children, and the health and well-being of everyone around you.

And if you've already quit - congratulations, and Happy Quitday!

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manifest_now
May. 8th, 2007 04:02 pm (UTC)
Congrats!!! You rock, woman.
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 04:31 pm (UTC)
:D Thank you!
james_the_evil1
May. 8th, 2007 04:14 pm (UTC)
Don't forget, smoking damages your sex life. It's a vasoconstrictent and by shrinking your blood vessels and reducing the oxygen in your blood it reduces your ability to have blood flow to your sensetive tissues and reduces your body's natural lubrication.
Of coruse for men it can lead to ED.
manifest_now
May. 8th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
good enough for me!
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 04:32 pm (UTC)
Good points! We don't want anything messing up the plumbing.
sneezythesquid
May. 8th, 2007 04:20 pm (UTC)
The money alone is a great reason to stop. Congrats on quitting, and staying off of them!
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! You know, I thought I'd be saving loads of cash everywhere, but I have no idea where this supposed money is. :P
sneezythesquid
May. 8th, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
Chocolate. Traded one vice for another. *grins*
agirlnamedluna
May. 8th, 2007 04:55 pm (UTC)
I never had much of the side-effects (like coughing and all that) despite smoking for about 10 years ... I quit when I found out I was pregnant. Well the day after. My nerves were shot after the test LOL
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC)
I bet! So were mine. Good for you for quitting, though. That's mighty strong incentive, isn't it?
agirlnamedluna
May. 8th, 2007 06:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah it definitely is ... my lust to smoke was gone from one day to the other. I took a puff every now and then until the end of the week still but that was mostly it, and then it even disgust me, so yay!
tru2myart
May. 8th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
You rock!!! I've been trying to get Bill to quit for 8 years now and it's been a real uphill battle. There's always an excuse "I'm too stressed." "I want to lose weight first." It's ridiculous.

I give him credit for being a very conscientous smoker. He smokes outside only and now refrains from even smoking in his own car, whether we're in it or not. Since he's moved in with me he's cut down to about half of what he smoke before but still, I'd give anything for him to quit completely.
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
That's still good progress! I really don't think a person can quit until they reach that point where they want to quit. After that, it's fairly easy. As Josh told me, just don't take that first puff in the morning. (I read the Complete Idiot's Guide book and picked up the mantra "I'm only a puff away from a pack a day". :D It worked, though)
beldar
May. 8th, 2007 05:28 pm (UTC)
Quitter!
Congratulations! Keep it up.

Noting the icon, I'm sure that on top of the other benefits, you do smell (and taste) better now.

Money savings is good, too. But here in Indiana they post cigarette prices next to the gas prices at convenience stores. I'm starting to want a car that runs on tobacco. =/
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 06:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Quitter!
Thank you! I doubt I'd ever go back.

Noting the icon, I'm sure that on top of the other benefits, you do smell (and taste) better now.

True, indeed. An many cool points to you. There's no greater turn on than a man who has a fine appreciation of my icon subtlety.

intrepidrayne
May. 8th, 2007 05:53 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! That's awesome. I have never smoked, but from the people I know who do, they seem to have a really hard time quitting. It is definitely something to be proud of. You rock! Do you feel healthier?
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! It was dreadfully hard. Years later, I can still walk by someone smoking my brand and catch the itch. I wish I'd never done that to myself.

Do I feel healthier...Honestly, not too much. LOL Of course, there's the added bonus of not hocking black stuff up every morning. You really can't beat that. But I *did* catch a major bout of pregnancy twice afterwards, so I'm a good 20-25 pounds heavier than I was. Walking/Running/Climbing is all still about the same Kick My Ass level. I've been working on it, though. That post is still coming... ;)
earthwomyn06
May. 8th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Yeah!!!
Congrates! I've quit 9 years ago.. one the hardest things that I have every done..but oohhhhhhhh so worth it!!
Keep it up!
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah!!!
Thanks so much, and congratulations to you as well!

Honestly? Quitting Pepsi was harder for me than quitting smoking. I suspect they put crack in there or something.
intrepidrayne
May. 8th, 2007 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah!!!
I stopped drinking coke and pepsi from Jan - April and I lost five pounds because of it. :) Then I went on vacation and drank lots of coke again. It is so very evil! I can tell it's bad for me when I drink it. I do believe I will stop again. I hope.
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Yeah!!!
Oh yeah! I quit drinking sodas for a year once, and lost 20 pounds. I've quit for good now, because it tore my teeth up. :( I tried to have once pepsi on vacation, and it wreaked havoc on my mostly-healed stomach. Never again.
intrepidrayne
May. 9th, 2007 11:10 am (UTC)
Re: Yeah!!!
yeah, my tummy doesn't like it much either. That's why I stopped in the first place. I don't understand why I like the burning bubbly feeling as it goes down, but sometimes I do really like it. Silly me.
earthwomyn06
May. 8th, 2007 06:33 pm (UTC)
Ok you got me there.. For me its Cokes... I dont' know they put in that stuff but it's very hard to stop!!

Like your icon lol
ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much :D Feel free to snag it if you like.
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ahavah
May. 8th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hate that line. Really. :( My uncle had a nasty lung cancer battle after smoking for like 30 or 40 years. He won, but it would have been just an awful way to go.

How come you got so sick when you quit?
naicele
May. 11th, 2007 12:29 pm (UTC)
congrats!
ahavah
May. 12th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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