Nicotine dependence

Effects of smoking on your health

From the mid-20th century, it became generally known that smoking is seriously harmful to health. The health risks from smoking have been proved beyond all doubt by both epidemiological and biochemical and molecular biological investigations. Tobacco smoke contains a few thousand substances, many of which are carcinogenic by themselves.

The Federal Constitutional Court determined that smoking is harmful to health in 1997. Furthermore, it was determined in a supreme court ruling that, according to today's level of medical knowledge, it is certain that smoking causes cancer and cardiovascular diseases, and therefore leads to deadly diseases and health risks for non-smokers. Tobacco products are stimulants, whose use in accordance with its intended purpose regularly causes harm to health (BVerfG, decision of 22. January 1997, ref. 2 BvR 1915/91, in: BVerfGE 95, 173).

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What happens in your body after the last cigarette?

  • After 8 hours, the acid level normalises.
  • After 48 hours, all nicotine has left the body.
  • Taste and smell neutralise.
  • After 72 hours, the bronchial tubes relax.
  • After 2 weeks, the blood circulation increases and the complexion looks fresher again.
  • After 9 months, the lung capacity has improved by 10%.
  • After 1 year, the risk of a heart attack has been reduced by half.
  • After 10 years, you are as little susceptible to lung cancer as a lifelong non-smoker.

Conclusion: It is worth stopping!

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