We all have bad habits, but some, such as smoking, are worse than others. They can take years off your life, age your skin prematurely, and cause chronic illness. But, we’re not here to judge you. Dr. Oz is here to help you break your 3 worst habits and add years to your life.
Bad Habit #1: Smoking
It should come as no surprise that inhaling tobacco toxins easily takes the cake as the deadliest habit. But here’s something you may not know: Someone who has smoked for 40 years has shaved nearly 10 years off their life and increased their risk of lung cancer 20 times.
How You Can Reverse the Damage
Cigarette smoke paralyzes the tiny hairs in your lungs whose job it is to keep your lungs clear. As soon as you stop smoking, those hairs begin to recover, allowing the cleaning system of your lungs to get back to work. The day after you quit smoking, your risk of surviving a heart attack doubles. A decade after you quit you will see a huge reduction in your risk of smoking-related health problems. Fifteen years after you have stopped smoking, your risk of lung cancer starts to approach that of a non-smoker.
4 Steps to Turn Back Time
- Pick a day to quit within the next 30 days; begin walking every day to keep from gaining weight when you quit.
- Talk to your doctor about using a craving-reducing medication approved to help people quit smoking.
- Take advantage of other assistive products such as nicotine gum and patches. If you try to quit smoking alone, your chance of success is 5%. Using anti-craving drugs in combination with nicotine alternatives bumps your chances to 35%.
- Follow Dr. Oz’s Kick the Habit Plan and join the 48 million quitters who now outnumber the 45 million American smokers.
Years You Will Add to Your Life: 8
Skin health bonus: A new study found that within 9 months of quitting smoking, you get a 13-year reduction in the appearance of your skin.