Benefits of Quitting Smoking
Studies show that smoking is associated with an increased experience of chronic pain.
Smokers often wrongly assume that smoking only affects lung health. The reality is that smoking affects many aspects of a person’s health, including tissues that contribute to ongoing pain. Nicotine, found in cigarettes, is known to decrease sensitivity to pain in the short term, however, these pain-decreasing effects quickly wear off and the pain experienced may actually worsen due to the damaged smoking does to the nervous system. Nicotine also decreases the amount of oxygen delivered by the blood to body tissues and causes inflammation. Inadequate blood flow reduces the body’s natural ability to heal and repair itself.
The benefits of quitting smoking are:
- Reduced risk of experiencing chronic pain
- Improvement in the level of pain experienced
- Reduced levels of inflammation
- Reduced risks of osteoporosis (brittle bones)
- Reduced risks of spinal disc deterioration
- Reduced levels of depression, stress and anxiety and improving mood and outlook on life.
For help in quitting smoking visit Quit Now, call Quitline on 13 7848 or talk to your GP.