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Is It Really Worth It To Stop Smoking?

July 27, 2015

Let’s say that you are a smoker and you decided to quit smoking. Do you wonder what will happen when you finish? Does anything really happen in your body?

Let’s look at a few things that will happen after your very last cigarette has been smoked…

Within 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse rate begin to stabilize, and the temperature of your hands and feet start going back up to normal.

Within 8 hours: The level of carbon monoxide in your blood begins to drop and the level of oxygen begins to increase; thus both will begin normalizing themselves. Your body will actively respond to this new oxygen rich blood you are now supplying it with.

Within 24 hours: All of these immediate changes have now caused your chances of a heart attack to decrease.

Within 48 hours: Your ability to smell and taste is enhanced, and your nerve endings start a re-growth process.

Within 2 weeks to 3 months: Your circulation improves, you can walk easier, and best of all, your lung functions increase up to 30%.

Within 1 month to 9 months: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath will all decrease. The cilia in your lungs regrow, and therefore increase your lungs ability to: handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection in your lungs. Your overall energy increases.

Within 1 year: At this point, your excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

Within 5 years: Your lung cancer death rate (as a former smoker) decreases by almost half; also, your risk of a stroke is reduced to almost that of a non-smoker within 5 to 15 years after quitting.

Within 10 years: Your lung cancer death rate is now similar to that of a non-smoker and the pre-cancerous cells in your lungs are being replaced. Your risk of mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas cancer is decreased.

Within 15 years: Your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

Worth it… don’t you think?

From → The Wife's Side

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