What Happens When You Quit Smoking Timeline – Now we should all be aware of the damage that smoking does to our body. If you are a smoker, your risk of developing cancer, coronary artery disease, heart attack or stroke is much higher than that of a non-smoker. However, any hope is not lost that our bodies possess the incredible ability of self-healing. In fact, in a few minutes of finishing your last cigarette, the body will begin to stabilize and you can start reaping its health benefits. Described is a chronology that describes the steps of improving health from the time you quit smoking.
blood pressure and Pulse will return to normal and the temperature in your hands and feet will increase.
In the blood, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels will reduce by half. Oxygen levels increase and return to normal, make you feel more alert, sleep better and be stronger.
Carbon monoxide and nicotine are removed from the body. The lungs begin to eliminate mucus and other smoking debris. The nerve endings are to repel and your sense of smell and taste will come back.
Pulmonary function and circulation have improved considerably. Walking and exercising will be easier, and you will cough less.
Between 1 – 9 months
Sinus Congestion and fatigue will have diminished. The breathing will have noticeably improved, so you will have almost no shortness of breath.
The risk of developing coronary heart disease is reduced by 50%.
The risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
The risk of developing a cancer related to smoking is reduced to almost the same thing as a non-smoker. 60% of cancers are related to diet and smoking.
The risk of developing coronary heart disease or suffering from a heart attack is reduced to that of a non-smoker. The risk of death has also been reduced to that of a non-smoker.
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