What happens to your body when you quit smoking

What happens to your body when you quit smoking

Everyday, more and more successful ex smokers decide to quit cigarette cold turkey by taking up a challenge of no nicotine one hour at a time.

Rather than invent reasons to smoke, smokers are able to appreciate the mind controlling disease they are dealing with through proper education on the subject of nicotine addiction.

So why quit smoking?

If I haven’t yet made it clear, there are many reasons as to why you to need to stop smoking, including:
– extend your life span
– reduce your risk of having a low-birth weight baby
– lessen your risk of weight gain
– avoid emotional or psychological problems
– reduce your risk of developing lung cancer – your risks are higher the longer you continue to smoke
– save money!

Immediate (visible) benefits of quitting: 
– Return of the sense of smell and taste
– Clothes, breath and hair will gradually smell better
– Your teeth will slowly become whiter
– Be a role model for your children! They are less likely to try smoking if they don’t see you smoking
– Your skin will appear healthier
– Fingers and fingernails will slowly appear less yellow
– Breathing will be improved

What happens to your body when you quit smoking is quite remarkable:

20 minutes Blood pressure and pulse rate slowly return to normal.
8 hours Levels of nicotine in the bloodstream slowly drop.
12 hours Blood oxygen level return to normal.
24 hours Anxiety level peak in intensities, but returns to pre-cessation levels after two weeks.
48 hours Damaged nerve endings begin to re-grow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal.
72 hours Your body will now be 100% nicotine-free. Withdrawal symptoms will be at their peak.
5 – 8 days You will experience three induced smoke craving per day. Learn to fight it.
10 days Cravings are cut down to two per day.
2 to 4 weeks Anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended.
21 days Brain acetylcholine receptor counts up regulated in response to nicotine’s presence have now down regulated and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers.
2 weeks to 3 months Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.
3 weeks to 3 months Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared.
1 to 9 months Cilia have re-grown in your lungs thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean, and reduce infections.
1 year Risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.
5 to 15 years Lesser risk of  stroke occurrence.
10 years Your risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30% and 50% of that for a continuing smoker.
13 years Your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of a never-smoker.
15 years Your risk of developing coronary heart disease is now at the same rate with a person who never smoked.
20 years Female excess risk of death from all smoking related causes, including lung disease and cancer, has now reduced to that of a never-smoker.


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