Disclaimer: I’m not your mom. You already know smoking’s bad for you. If you haven’t started, don’t. It’s dumb, costs a ridiculous amount of money (especially long term - pack a day smokers can buy a new car, small home or pay their salaries for a year with the money they spend on cigarettes). Plus, you don’t really know the effects of the addiction on YOUR body until you try to quit… and by then you’re already ADDICTED. If you’re a smoker, consider quitting. This might help you decide to.
We already know what smoking can DO to the body. But what can quitting do?
What happens in the body when you QUIT smoking.
It takes 72 hours to deplete the body of nicotine. It will take another 7 days to rid the body of the 4,000 toxic chemicals that are in each cigarette.
Within 2-3 weeks: circulation and stamina improve. Lung capacity increases up to 30%.
1 month to 9 months: coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia regrow in the lungs increasing the ability to handle mucus and infections. The body’s overall energy increases.
1 year: Risk of heart disease decreases 90%. Heart will have returned to nearly normal condition.
10 to 15 years: Risk of lung, tongue and throat cancer will be roughly the same as if you had never smoked.
The sooner you quit smoking the better chance you have at extending your life; the body does have an amazing way of healing itself.
via Craig Nabat, smoking addiction specialist.
Years of addiction, eating disorders & alcohol abuse take its toll on the body. So, despite her young age, it’s likely Amy’s little body was much, much older than she.
Very, very sad. While many assumed she’d died of an overdose, it would appear that was not the case. But don’t assume that drugs did not play a role: while the cause of death is still to be determined, it’s possible that years of abuse likely lead to kidney & liver problems, internal illness & complications. Who knows…
If you’re suffering from addiction, eating disorders, or any other problems that you KNOW are interfering with your health, please don’t give up. Seek out resources, online communities & positive people who can help you stay on track. Even if you’re not ready to flip the ‘switch’, so to speak, surrounding yourself with these resources can give you the push/support you need.
Resources for Addiction (see more here)
An educational site focusing on addiction issues, especially opiate addiction and treatment.
Dedicated to educating the public about the effects of alcohol, alcoholism and treatment.
Publisher of prevention literature
- National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA):
- Information on the cost of substance abuse throughout society and its impact on our lives.
- National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD):
- Provides education, information, help and hope in the fight against substance abuse.
- Pharmacy Technician:
- Pharmacy Library: Alcohol Addiction and Alcoholism Facts
- Recovery Connection:
- A website and that helps people locate addiction treatment centers and drug rehabilitation programs.
- Woodbury Reports presents resources for parents and professionals trying to help at-risk teenagers.
- Teen Drug Abuse:
- Educational site about why teens begin using, what they are using, and how those drugs are affecting teens physically, socially, and mentally.
Provides accurate information about alcohol and other drug addictions. Resource for anyone needing factual information about abused drugs.
(CNN) — Toxicology tests have found that “no illegal substances” were in singer Amy Winehouse’s system at the time of her death last month, her family said Tuesday.
“Results indicate that alcohol was present but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death,” the family said in a written statement, citing test results provided to them by authorities.
The 27-year-old singer, beloved for her talent but infamous for erratic public behavior, arrests and drug problems, was found dead at her apartment in London on July 23.
Winehouse’s soulful, throaty vocals brought the British musician stardom in 2007, but her troubled off-stage life — chronicled in her top 10 hit “Rehab” — won her notoriety. Her death came less than two months after her latest release from a rehabilitation program and weeks after she was booed offstage by disappointed fans in Serbia.
“Rehab,” in which she sang “They tried to make me go to rehab, I said no, no, no,” helped form the public’s view of Winehouse. But she told CNN in a 2007 interview, “I don’t care enough about what people think of me to conform to anything.”
The London-born singer-songwriter became a picture of a tattooed teenage rebel after she was expelled from a prestigious performing arts school. Her first album, “Frank,” debuted in 2003, when she was 19.
International success came with her 2007 album “Back to Black.” She dominated the 2008 Grammys, winning five awards that night and delivering, via satellite from London, a strong performance of “Rehab.”
Winehouse’s volatile marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil took a toll on the singer’s career. The couple divorced in 2009 after a stormy two years filled by drug addiction and arrests.