While many people may not know everything smoking can potentially lead to, it is well known that nothing positive on a healthlevelcan come out the activity. Advertisers and Hollywood have successfully hammeredthe ideaof smoking into our brains over the last few decades throughplacementin movies and TV shows, but thankfully people now know the truth concerning the negative health effects and child influence. Of course not all smokers want to quit, but for those who do, you may be surprised to find out what happens when youquit smoking.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU QUIT SMOKING?
If a cigarette is in your mouth right now, finish it. Once you finish it, don’t ever pick up another one. If you did this right now, your body would go through amazing changes starting just 20 minutes after you finish that cigarette.
If you want to quit but are having a difficult time mentally shifting, learning what happens when youquit smokingmay very well provide you with that final push. The health effects of smoking can be terrible, but theeffects ofquitting can be phenomenal. This positive spin on the benefits of quitting rather than the negativeeffects ofcontinuing may be what one needs.
Here are some of the many benefits ofquitting smokingand atimelineof what willhappenonce youquit smoking. You may (or may not) be surprised bywhat you see.
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In about 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate will decrease, and the body temperature of your hands and feet will increase.
At approximately the 8-12 hour mark, the carbon monoxidelevelin your blood will decrease to normal and your blood oxygenlevelwill increase to normal.
At 24 hours the chance of you having a heart attack decreases significantly.
At about 48 hours, nerve endings begin to regrow and your ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
Between 2 weeks and 3 months, your circulation improves, walking becomes easier, and coughing and wheezing is experienced less often. Phlegm production decreases and at about the 3 month mark, lung function is significantly improved.
Between 1 and 9 months, you will experience all of the benefits already listed in addition to less sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Cilia, tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out ofthe lungs, also regain normal function.
In 1 year, your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks is reduced by half ofwhat itused to be when you werea smoker.
Between 5 and 15 years, the risk of having a stroke returns to normal, before you started smoking.
At about the 10 year mark, your chance of developing various cancers including cancer ofthe lungs, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas, greatly decreases. Risk of lung cancer reverts to that of a non-smoker. In fact, Diet and smoking habits make up nearly 60 percent of cancer cases.
In about 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack shifts to that of a person who has never smoked before. The risk of death also drops nearly to thelevelof a non-smoker.
Even with the exclusion of the incredible amount of money you would save from quitting as well as the negative influence being omitting from society, the above benefits of quitting are more than convincing. So what happens when youquit smoking? Your health once again returns.