By now, we should all be aware of the damage smoking does to our bodies. If you are a smoker, your risk of developing cancer, coronary heart disease, suffering a heart attack or stroke is significantly higher than those of a non-smoker. However, all hope is not lost as our bodies possess the incredible ability of self-healing. In fact, within minutes of finishing your last cigarette, the body will begin to stabilize itself and you can begin to reap its health benefits. Outlined is a timeline that depicts the stages of improved health from the moment 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, making you feel more alert, sleep better and be stronger.
Carbon monoxide and Nicotine is eliminated from the body. The lungs begin to clear out mucus and other smoking debris. The nerve endings being to regrow and your sense of smell and taste will return.
Lung function and circulation will have significantly improved. Walking and exercise will be easier, and you will cough less.
Between 1 – 9 Months
Sinus congestion and fatigue will have reduced. Breathing will have markedly improved, so you will have nearly no shortness of breath.
The risk of developing coronary heart disease is reduced by 50%.
The risk of suffering a stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
The risk of developing smoking-related cancer is reduced to almost the same as a non-smoker. 60% of cancers are related to both diet and smoking.
The risk of developing coronary heart disease or suffering a heart attack is reduced to that of a non-smoker. The risk of death has also reduced to that of a non-smoker.