We’re all aware that smoking is a nasty habit that greatly impacts the health, so quitting it is one of the best decisions one can make.
We know how smoking affects us, but this is how quitting changes your life:
- Healing begins
Only 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse drop to normal.
- Return to Normal
The level of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal while the oxygen level rises after 8 hours of your last smoke.
- Avoid an Attack
The chances of heart attack decrease after 24 hours.
- Regain Your Senses
After 48 hours, your nerve endings start regrowing, so the senses of smell and taste are enhanced.
- Get Your Legs Back
As your circulation improves between 2 weeks and 3 months, your walking becomes easier, while your lung function increases up to 30 percent.
- Live and Breathe
After the first, up to de 9th month, your body’s overall energy increases. Cilia regrow in the lungs to help clean them and reduce the chance of infections, while sinus congestion, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
- Save Your Heart
After 1 year, the risk of coronary heart disease drops by half.
- Lower Your Risk
After 5 years, your risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer also drops by half.
- Breathe Easier
After 10 years of your last cigarette, your risk of lung cancer is comparable to a nonsmoker’s. Moreover, precancerous cells are replaced, and the risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, bladder, kidney and pancreatic cancer decreases.
- Turn Back the Clock
When 15 years pass since your last smoke, your risk of heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s.