It is proven and commonly known: tobacco is harmful to your health, causing chronic diseases and cancers in particular.1
Each cigarette causes an increase in blood pressure for 20 to 40 minutes, as well as an increase of about 40% in the heart rate.2 This hypertension induces premature heart fatigue and a weakening of the artery walls in the long term. Among smokers, the risk of suffering from cardiovascular disease is twice as high as among non-smokers,3 and smokers’ respiratory and cardiac capacities during exercise are reduced.
Several studies also show that smokers are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.4
This is the question many smokers ask themselves. Worldwide, it is estimated that 40% of smokers have tried to quit in the last 12 months.5 So why not you!
1. A decision that can be anticipated
It is important to set a stopping date in advance, without waiting for the “right time”. Set an action plan in motion:
2. Food, a great ally
A bigger appetite is one of the symptoms of smoking cessation. To counterbalance the potential weight gain, you should adopt a balanced and adapted diet, combined with regular physical activity.
In addition, you can use nicotine substitutes to reduce withdrawal symptoms or opt for more natural solutions such as homeopathy… or hypnosis.
1. World Health Organization, OMS met en évidence le nombre considérable de décès dus à des maladies pulmonaires liées au tabac, 2019
2. Fédération française de cardiologie, tabac et tension artérielle
3. World Health Organization, Le tabac vous brise le cœur – choisissez la santé, pas le tabac
4. InterAct Consortium, Spijkerman AM, (2014). Smoking and long-term risk of type 2 diabetes: the EPIC-InterAct study in European populations. Diabetes Care. Volume 37, p 3164-3171.
5. The tabaco Atlas, Quitting