As the chimes struck midnight and 2018 became 2019, a quarter of a million Brits finished their last cigarette, stubbed it out into an ash tray, discarded the rest of the packet and embarked on a new smoke-free future. If you’re one of those people, well done. We’re proud of you.
In this blog post, we’re going to explain just how much healthier you are now you’ve quit smoking, before explaining how we can help you get over any of the cravings that are making you crabby, irritable and tired.
If you’ve given up cold turkey or switched over to vaping with an ecigarette or vape pen (more on that shortly), you should be feeling better.
After just 12 hours – so midday on January 1st, your blood oxygen levels will have risen and your blood carbon monoxide levels dropped. You might not have noticed through the hangover, but you should have already been feeling perkier.
By the end of the first week, the number of cravings you experience should have dropped off to three or four per day. This is the peak time for people to pick up a packet of cigarettes, because these cravings can feel stronger and longer due to your body’s stress responses.
After two weeks, you should have fewer cravings, and your circulation should be almost back to normal, although you might still be angry, anxious, impatient and restless. You could even be having issues sleeping. On the plus side, your heart attack risk will have dropped significantly.
So that’s where you are. A healthier, if angrier, non-smoker. You’re in the home stretch now, and you might have noticed something.
Your friends who vape are having it just a little bit easier than you are.
We’re not making that up. The University of East Anglia say it’s true – and that it’s true even if you don’t want to quit. In fact, an ecigarette is an even better aid to quitting smoking than any of the gums or patches.
But even though vaping makes quitting easier, people still worry that it’s trading one harmful habit (smoking) for something equally as bad.
Well don’t worry, because Public Health England have shown that vaping really isn’t as bad as smoking at all.
In this video, Public Health England perform an experiment. There are three jars, filled with cotton wool. Each jar represents a human lung (which in real life isn’t full of cotton or made of glass, but please bear with us).
They then pump a month’s worth of air, eliquid vapour and tobacco smoke through each “lung.” And the results are stunning.
The fresh air jar is fine. Totally clear, no discolouration at all. Which suggests that the air isn’t from a roadside in Manchester
The vape jar is nearly as clean. A little condensation, but that’s about it.
Then we get to the smoking jar. It looks like a jar of marmite. Thick, black, sticky tar on every surface. Never mind putting you off smoking – it’ll put you off your dinner!
Tar is one of the worst things in tobacco smoke, and it’s something that isn’t produced by ecigarettes or vaping. So if you’re quitting, well done. It’s difficult, it’s not fun, but it’s definitely worth it in the long run.
But if you don’t think you can do it without any help at all, please don’t pick up a packet of cigarettes. Instead, turn to the cleaner, safer option and choose an ecigarette.
That’s what the NHS recommend, and who are we to disagree?
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