There are a lot of reasons to quit smoking. It’s expensive, it makes your hair and clothes reek, and, honestly, it’s just so 90s. But the biggest reason to butt out? Obviously, your health. You already know that smoking kills, but you may not realize just how dramatically quitting smoking can improve how you feel.
Therefore, when you decide to quit smoking, everything in the body experiences great improvements, from the top to the bottom.
We will explain this process in stages:
1. The beginning of improvements
20 minutes after your last cigarette, the pulse and the blood pressure are normalized.
2. Return to Normal
After only eight hours, the carbon monoxide levels in the blood neutralize, as well as the levels of oxygen.
3. Low heart attack risk
After only 24 hours, the risk of a heart attack is lowered.
4. Restored sensual perception
After 48 hours, the senses of taste and smell are improved, and the nerve endings begin to regrow.
5. Improved circulation
Between the period of 2 weeks and 3 months, the blood circulation is improved, and walking becomes easier. Moreover, the function of the lungs is increased up to 30 percent.
6. Easier breathing
After 1-9 months, the body regains its energy, and the issues with a shortness of breath, coughs, and sinus congestion are reduced. Cilia start regrowing in the lungs and thus cleanse them and lower the risk of infections.
7. Improved Heart health
After a year, the risk of coronary heart disease in non-smokers is twice lower than that of a smoker’s.
8. Lower cancer risk
After 5 years, the risk of throat, mouth, and esophageal cancer in non-smokers is half that of smokers’ and the rate of lung cancer death is twice lower than that of average smokers.
9. Lower risk of lung cancer
After 10 years after one quit smoking, the lung cancer death rate is comparable to a nonsmoker’s, since the precancerous cells are replaced. Moreover, the risk of bladder, kidney, throat, mouth, esophageal, and pancreatic cancer is significantly lower.
After 15 years, the risk of heart diseases is the same as in the case of a non-smoker.