Benefits From Quiting

Benefits From Quiting

Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general. Quitting smoking has immediate as well as long-term benefits, reducing risks for diseases caused by smoking and improving health in general.

If you wonder what happens to your body the moment you stop smoking, this is it.

20 MINUTES

  • Blood pressure drops to normal.
  • Pulse rate drops to normal.
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

8 HOURS

  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

24 HOURS

  • Chance of heart attack decreases.

48 HOURS

  • Nerve endings start regrowing.
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS

  • Circulation improves.
  • Walking becomes easier.
  • Lung function increases up to 30%.

1 TO 9 MONTHS

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
  • Cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
  • Body's overall energy increases.

1 YEAR

  • Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

5 YEARS

  • Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half.
  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting.
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.

10 YEARS

  • Lung cancer death rate similar to that of nonsmokers.
  • Precancerous cells are replaced.
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

15 YEARS

  • Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.
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Within 12 hours after you have your last cigarette, your body will begin to heal itself. The levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine in your system will decline rapidly, and your heart and lungs will begin to repair the damage caused by cigarette smoke. Within a few days you will probably begin to notice some remarkable changes in your body. Your sense of smell and taste may improve. You will breathe easier, and your smoker's hack will begin to disappear, although you may notice that you will continue to cough for a while. And you will be free from the mess, smell, inconvenience, expense, and dependence of cigarette smoking.

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