Quitting smoking is tough. It’s probably why about 70% of smokers actually want to quit but don’t. It’s also why only about 7% of smokers successfully quit on their first try. But there is the positive side of the story. The changes in your body from the moment you stop smoking are exponential and all hope is not loss to revert the damage done to your health.
We give you what happens to your body day by day when you give up smoking:
– Within 20 Minutes: Your blood pressure will already have lowered to a normal level. This healthier level will encourage proper circulation to both your hands and feet.
– Within 8 Hours: The levels of deadly carbon monoxide gas in your blood stream has now been cut in half. This will allow oxygen to clear out irritants and harmful bacteria.
– Within 12 Hours: Your carbon monoxide levels have now dropped to normal, and your blood oxygen levels have risen to normal.
– Within 48 Hours: Your risk of heart attack has now been reduced drastically. The nicotine levels that were in your body have now been flushed clear of your system, and you will find that both your senses of smell and taste have been renewed.
– Within 3 Days: Breathing will be much easier now, and your bronchial tubes will have relaxed. You will be feeling increased energy, giving you a much needed boost in your quitting efforts.
– Within 2 Weeks: The blood circulation within your gums are now similar to that of someone who has never smoked.
– Within 4 Weeks: Many of the mental struggles related to quitting will have now passed, including anger, anxiety, depression, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia and restlessness.
– Within 2 Months: You will now be finding it significantly easier to walk, as your circulation has improved significantly. Your lung function will now have increased up to 30%.
– Within 3 Months: If you had a chronic cough, it has likely disappeared at this point in your journey. You will find your overall respiratory issues have been improving significantly.
– Within 9 Months: The fiber sin your bronchial tubes have begun to regrow, increasing your ability to handle mucus and clean your lungs of bacteria. This will allow you to see a significant decrease in respiratory infections. Any smoking related sinus congestion or shortness of breath has now decreased.
– Your likelihood of having a heart attack will decrease by half as well as your energy levels will be similar to those of a non-smoker within a year of giving up smoking.
– Your possibility of experiencing a stroke will greatly lower within five years of quitting smoking.
– The damage to your lungs will revert within ten years of giving up smoking. What’s more, at that stage, your likelihood of developing lung cancer will decrease to that of a non-smoker. Also, quitting smoking will remove thirty other chemicals (present in tobacco that are linked to cancer) from your body.
However, keep in mind that you can never erase the traces of your voice so quit as soon as possible in order to make your chances of a longer life better.