Mail and Parcel Delivery: The Effects of Smoking
Delivering mail and parcels is a demanding job on its own. Quitting smoking can help you to not only make work easier, but will have lasting health benefits long after the workday is over.
Delivering mail and parcels is a daunting job that employs thousands of people. It is a physical and demanding profession that sometimes requires miles of walking a day or hours behind the wheel of a vehicle, being ever aware of surrounding traffic conditions. Sometimes it is standing for long hours, sorting mail to make sure it gets to where it’s supposed to go.
It is important to stay healthy and be able to fulfill your job obligations. However, smoking is quite possibly the most hazardous thing you can do. It is also a barrier, keeping you from being totally healthy and fit. Smoking damages the lungs causing fatigue and shortness of breath, making it difficult to sustain the effort needed to fulfill duties to the best of your ability.
The Effects on the Body
There is no safe level of tobacco use. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe or hookah will not help you avoid the health dangers. Cigarettes generate more than seven thousand chemicals, many of which are poisonous and at least 69 of them can cause cancer. The mood altering drug known as nicotine is a central nervous system stimulant. It increases your energy level for a while, but as it decreases, you want more nicotine. This is a prime reason for why it is habit forming.
As you inhale, the lungs lose their ability to filter out harmful chemicals, and that increases your vulnerability to coughs, colds and flu. In addition, the longer you smoke, the better your chance of getting lung cancer. Smoking also increases the risk for atherosclerosis, [the stretching of arteries and buildup of bad cholesterol,] and peripheral artery disease.
Smoking can actually change your skin structure, causing discoloration, wrinkles and premature aging. It causes brown stains on your teeth, yellowing of skin and nails, and is the cause of tobacco odors which cling to you and your clothes.
The damage that can occur to your mouth include gingivitis (gum inflammation), or periodontitis (infection). It also increases the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, larynx and esophagus. It also leads to bad breath, tooth decay and tooth loss.
Smokers also have a higher incidence of kidney and pancreatic cancer.
The Dangers of Second-Hand Smoke
Children of smokers often develop coughs, ear infections, asthma and respiratory diseases. Second-hand smoke causes risks to nonsmokers, including stroke and heart attack. The smoke odor also clings to them in the form of third-hand smoke. Pregnant women who are exposed experience lower birth rates, and the babies are prone to asthma and ear infections. Breathing second-hand smoke has an immediate effect on the cardiovascular system, increasing your chance of stroke or heart attack.
Quitting is Easier Than you may Think
There are many reasons to quit now. Your energy will increase, your lung capacity will increase, and your stamina will increase. You will be able to fulfill your job requirements without shortness of breath, and with new vigor.
The benefits of quitting, according to the CDC, includes decreasing adverse cardiovascular risks. Just one year after quitting, your risk of heart attack drops sharply. Two to five years after quitting, your risk of stroke drops to about the same as nonsmokers. Risks for cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder drop by half within five years. Ten years after you quit smoking, your risk for lung cancer drops by half. You also experience the benefits of breathing easier, less coughing and being able to really smell and taste your food again.
There are numerous smoking cessation aids available over the counter, or with a prescription. Nicotine gums and patches can be purchased over the counter, and can be used on the job with ease.