When Smokers Quit

 

When you quit, your body begins a series of changes within minutes of smoking the last cigarette.  When you continue to be BUTT-free, these changes continue for years.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention --

 

          20 Minutes after quitting

bulletBlood pressure drops to normal
bulletPulse rate drops to normal
bulletTemperature of hands and feet increases to normal

8 Hours after quitting

bulletCarbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
bulletOxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 Hours after quitting

bulletChance of heart attack decreases

48 Hours after quitting                                 

bulletNerve endings start regrowing
bulletImproved ability to smell and taste

2 Weeks to 3 Months after quitting             

bulletCirculation improves
bulletWalking becomes easier
bulletLung function increases up to 30%

1 to 9 Months after quitting                             

bulletCoughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decrease
bulletCilia regrowth in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, reduce infection
bulletOverall energy increases

1 Year after quitting

bulletExcess risk of coronary heart disease is half of a smoker

5 Years after quitting

bulletStroke risk is reduced 5-15 years after quitting
bulletRisk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker

10 Years after quitting

bulletLung cancer death rate about half that of a continuing smoker's
bulletPrecancerous cells are replaced
bulletRisk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreased

15 Years after quitting

bulletRisk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker

 

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