Electricians and Smoking – Effects of Smoking and Benefits of Quitting

In order for electricians to keep up with the demands of their profession, smoking cessation is critical. Quitting now means increased energy levels, increased stamina, and elevated endurance.

Electricians and Smoking

Electricians work indoors, outdoors, on construction sites, in residences, commercial buildings and factories; wherever the job takes them. They must use a variety of tools with dexterity and be able to read blueprints, install and maintain wiring, control systems, and lighting systems. They inspect electrical components, identify electrical problems, repairing and replacing as needed. An electrician’s job includes working in cramped spaces, kneeling or bending for long periods of time.  To be able to fulfill their job requirements they need to be as healthy as possible. Smoking is not the way to maintain the stamina they need, causing shortness of breath, trouble breathing, and myriad other drawbacks. This is difficult for electricians who do not smoke, as well, when they are placed in cramped areas where others may smoke.

Effects of Smoking

Tobacco is dangerous to your health and effects your entire body. In the United States, the mortality rate for smokers is three times that of people who never smoked, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States.  Nicotine is a mood altering drug that reaches your brain in mere seconds, the central nervous system stimulant makes you feel full of energy for a while and then subsides, leaving you wanting more. It becomes habit forming. Smoking also affects the stomach and intestines with inflammation and irritation, risk of ulcers of the digestive track, lowers sensitivity to taste and smell, and causes premature wrinkling of the skin.

Electrician fixing cords with screwdriver

Diseases Associated with Smoking

Heart disease, heart attack, stroke and poor circulation all occur from smoking, along with a significant risk of kidney cancer, lung cancer and cancers of the mouth, tongue and throat. The toxins in cigarette smoke cause your blood to thicken, increasing your chances of a blood clot. It makes your heart work harder because of the increased blood pressure and heart rate. It also narrows your arteries, reducing the amount of oxygen to your organs.

The damage to your lungs includes inflammation of the small airways and tissue, causing your chest to feel tight, leaving you wheezing and short of breath. When you smoke, or when you are exposed to prolonged and repeated second and third-hand smoke, you damage the tiny air sacs in your lungs. Once destroyed, they do not grow back. Damaging enough of them leads to emphysema, causing severe breathing problems and even death.

Quitting Effects

According to Smokefree.gov, quitting can rewire the brain and help break the addiction. The nicotine receptors will return to normal in about a month. Your hearing will stay sharp so you can listen to, and follow directions. Your blood pressure and heart rate drop almost immediately, and your risk of a heart attack declines in 24 hours. Scarring of the lungs is irreversible, but within a couple of weeks you will notice less shortening of the breath, and that it is even easier to breathe. Quitting reduces the chance of developing emphysema. Eventually your white blood cell count will return to normal and no longer be on the defensive. You will have proper healing of wounds and a stronger immune system. By increasing the availability of oxygen in the blood, muscles will become stronger and healthier.

In order to keep up with the obligations being an electrician requires, quitting now will greatly improve endurance, stamina, and energy levels. It may be difficult to distance yourself from others who smoke, however, it is definitely worth the extra effort. Keeping your bones strong by quitting now and avoiding possible fractures later in life, is vital.

There are many smoking cessation aids available to help you through the process. Nicotine gums and patches are easily attainable, and provide metered doses of nicotine to help combat withdrawals.

Published: May 29, 2015 Updated: February 14, 2019



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