Smoking: What happens to your body when you quit

Benefits of quitting smoking


You have heard it several times that “smoking is not good for your health”. Do you really understand why?Knowing and understanding what happens when you quit smoking may give you that final push. The health effects of smoking are dangerous. The benefits you get from quitting rather than the negative effects of continuing may be what one needs.

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If you want to quit, continue reading to learn the amazing benefits you get after quitting smoking.

What happens to your body when you quit smoking

In about 20 minutes

Your blood pressure and pulse rate will decrease. However, the temperature of your hands and feet will increase.

 8-12 hour duration

During this time, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will decrease to normal. This increases the oxygen level in your blood to normal.

In a day thus 24 hours

During this period, your risk of having a heart attack has greatly reduced.

In two days – 48 hours

Your nerve endings begin to regrow and your ability to smell and taste will also improve.



From 2 weeks to 3 months

Blood circulation in your body improves, you walk easily, coughing and wheezing diminishes. Phlegm production decreases and at about the 3rd month mark, lung function is significantly increases.

From 1 to 9 months

Your body will function properly. All your body functions will be back to normal. In addition to less sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath. Cilia, tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs, also regain normal function.

About a year

Major risk have reduced. Your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attacks is reduced by half of what it used to be when you were a smoker.

In about 5 to 15 years

Your risk of developing stroke returns to normal, before you started smoking.

In about 10 years after quitting smoking

There is a decrease risk of developing any type of cancer. Whether it’s cancer of the lungs, mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas. Risk of lung cancer returns to that of a non-smoker.

In about 15 years or more

Your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack shifts to that of a person who has never smoked before. The risk of death also drops nearly to the level of a non-smoker.

In addition to all the above, your finances will improve greatly. This is because, the money you use to buy the jot will now remain in your pocket. Also, your personal relationship will also improve. You will gain more respect from society, family and friends. From the moment you quit smoking, your health returns to normal.



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