Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continues for years.
- Blood pressure drops to normal.
- Pulse rate drops to normal.
- Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.
- Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
- Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
- Chance of heart attack decreases.
- Nerve endings start regrowing.
- Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS
- Circulation improves.
- Walking becomes easier.
- Lung function increases up to 30%.
1 TO 9 MONTHS
- Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
- Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
- Body's overall energy increases.
- Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
- Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half.
- Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting.
- Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.
On Sunday I will celebrate my 5th Breathaversary. I cannot believe I used to smoke at all. So weird to look at smokers now and think that I used to do that. Weird.
Thank you to everyone who supported me through all the struggles back in 2006. It was a tough road but one I know I will never have to go down again.
(benefits of quitting smoking from quittingsmokingsupport.com)