It’s never too late for you to quit smoking. Even if you have smoked for a long time, once you decide to quit your body will begin to recover from the effect and damages caused by smoking. Whether you’re young or old and have been smoking for a very long time, the moment you quit, the following changes begins to occur in your body.
After 20 minutes:
- Pulse rate returns to normal.
- Blood pressure drops to normal.
- Body temperature of hands and feet returns to normal.
After 8 hours:
- Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by more than half and oxygen levels return to normal.
After 48 hours:
- Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body.
- Lungs start to clear out mucus and debris that have accumulated as a result of smoking.
- Nerve ending starts to regrow.
- There is no nicotine in the body.
- Ability to taste and smell is improved.
After 72 hours:
- Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
- Chances of heart attack decreases:
After 2-12 weeks:
- Circulation improves.
- Lung functions increases up to 30 percent.
After 3-9 months:
- Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases by up to 10%.
After 1 year:
- Risk of heart disease is half reduced compared with a person who is still smoking
After 10 years:
- Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.
- Risk of stroke is reduced.
- Risk of cancer of the mouth and esophagus falls to half.
After 15 years:
- Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.
Reasons To Quit Smoking
For your loved ones
According to Healthy children.org Secondhand smoke causes about 3,000 deaths from lung cancer and tens of thousands of deaths from heart diseases to nonsmoking adults in the United States each year. Quitting will make your family happy, improve their health and reduce the risk of health problems arising from second hand smoking. If you are planing to get pregnant quiting will be the best option for you and your unborn child.
To save money
Cigarettes are expensive. You will save money for every cigarette you don’t smoke.
You will live longer
Quitting will literary give you a new lease on life. Smoking harms most of the organs in the body, but once you stop, your body will begin to gradually reverse the damages done to it over the years.
So, whether you’re young or old and have been smoking for a very long time, it’s never too late to quit.
Improve your appearance
Smoking causes premature aging. Quitting will clear up blemishes and prevent the skin from aging prematurely.
No more smoky smell
Most smokers don’t know how awful cigarette smell because they don’t smell it. Once you quit,the smoky smells will go away.