It is a well familiar fact that smoking is not healthy but do you know what happens when you quit smoking? You will feel much better- top to bottom, lungs to legs.
Cleveland Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Center made a list:
- Healing begins
20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse drop to normal.
- Return to Normal
After 8 hours, the level of the oxygen rises to normal and the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- Avoid an Attack
After 24 hours, the risk of a heart attack is reduced.
- Regain Your Senses
After 48 hours, your senses of smell and taste are improved, and your nerve endings start to regrow.
- Get Your Legs Back
Between 2 weeks and 3 months, your circulation improves, your lung function increases up to 30 percent and walking becomes easier.
- Live and Breathe
After 1 to 9 months, your body’s overall energy increases. Coughing, shortness of breath and sinus congestion is reduced. Cilia regrow in the lungs in order to clean them and in this way the chance of infections is reduced.
- Save Your Heart
At 1 year, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- Lower Your Risk
After 5 years, your risk of mouth, esophageal and throat cancer is half that of a smoker’s. Stroke risk is the same as a nonsmoker’s. The lung cancer death rate is reduced to almost half than the one of an average smoker (one pack a day).
- Breathe Easier
After 10 years, the lung cancer death rate is the same as the one in nonsmokers’. Precancerous cells are replaced, and the risk of throat, bladder, esophageal, mouth, kidney and pancreatic cancer is reduced.
- Turn Back the Clock
Congratulations. 15 years after the last smoked cigarette, your risk of heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s.