Health Matters

Smoking And Your Health

Guest: Dr. Frene’ LaCour-Chestnut

Need tips to help you quit smoking and improve your health. Dr. Frene' LaCour-Chestnut, faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the University of Houston College of Medicine has some advice.

“Smoking and tobacco use ages your body prematurely. The chemicals released when smoking cause damage to your blood vessels and cells leading to heart attack, stroke, cancer and lung problems.”

“Even if you have smoked most of your life, quitting can have immediate health benefits.

  • Your heart rate slows down just 24 hours after quitting
  • The risk of heart attack decreases after 3 months
  • Lung function can improve in 6 -12 months.”

“Smoking is an addiction and quitting is not easy. BUT it's never too late to stop. Here are 3 tips to help you:

  • Write down your motivation for quitting.
  • Notify family and friends so they can support you.
  • Lastly, talk with your doctor about medications that can help you stop smoking for good.”

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