Tuesday, August 29, 2017

What Happens To Your Body After You Stop Smoking - Step By Step

Right now is a great time to quit smoking. Why? In as few as 20 minutes, you’ll start to feel the benefits. Here we break down the changes that occur in your body within minutes, hours, days, and even years of you kicking the habit. The health benefits of quitting today may surprise you.

1. Drop in heart rate 
(20 minutes after you quit)

The effects of quitting start to set in immediately. Within 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will begin to drop back toward a normal level.

2. Decreased levels of CO in your body 
(12 hours after you quit)

Carbon monoxide, which can be toxic to the body at high levels, is released from burning tobacco and inhaled as part of cigarette smoke. Carbon monoxide bonds very well to blood cells, so high levels of the gas can prevent the cells from bonding with oxygen. The lack of oxygen in the blood often causes serious heart conditions and other health problems. In as few as 12 hours after quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to lower levels. In turn, the amount of oxygen in your blood increases to normal levels.

3. Lowered risk of CAD 
(24 hours after you quit)

The risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) for smokers is 70 percent higher than for nonsmokers. It is the most common form of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. However, just one full day after quitting smoking, your risk for CAD will already begin to reduce. Your risk of having a heart attack also starts to decline. While you’re not quite out of the woods yet, you’re on your way!

4. Improvement in your smell and taste 
(48 hours after you quit)

It may not be life-threatening, but an inability to smell or taste well is one of the more obvious consequences of smoking. Once you quit smoking for 48 hours, your nerve endings will start to regrow, and your ability to smell and taste will improve. You’ll soon start to better appreciate the finer things in life.

5. Exercise with ease 
(two to three weeks after you quit)

Within three weeks, you’ll be able to exercise and perform physical activities without feeling winded. Stopping smoking for a couple of weeks gives your body time to regenerate and heal. Your blood circulation and heart function will improve significantly during this time. Your lungs may also begin to clear, allowing you to breathe more easily. For most smokers, withdrawal symptoms start to subside about two weeks after quitting.

6. Decreased coughing and shortness of breath 
(one to nine months after you quit)

After one month without cigarettes, the cilia inside your lungs will begin to repair. The cilia are the tiny, hair-like structures that push mucus out of the lungs. Once the cilia are able to do their job efficiently, they can fight off infection and clear the lungs more easily. With properly functioning lungs, your coughing and shortness of breath will continue to decrease dramatically. Your withdrawal symptoms will also go away completely within nine months after quitting. The length of time it takes varies depending on how long and how often you smoked before quitting.

7. Reduced risk of heart disease 
(one year after you quit)

The one-year mark is a big one. After a year without smoking, your risk for heart disease drops to half that of a smoker’s. This means that someone who smokes is more than twice as likely as you are to develop any type of heart disease.

8. Reduced risk of stroke 
(five years after you quit)

A wide array of toxic substances is released in the burning of tobacco. Over time, these substances cause your blood vessels to narrow, which increases your risk of having a stroke. After five to 15 years of not smoking, your risk of having a stroke is the same as that of a nonsmoker.

9. Reduced risk of lung cancer 
(10 years after you quit)

Smokers are at higher risk than nonsmokers for a daunting list of cancers. Lung cancer is the most common form of cancer that affects smokers. Smoking is a main cause of lung cancer and accounts for 90 percent of lung cancer deaths worldwide. It may take 10 years, but if you quit, eventually your risk of dying from lung cancer will drop to half that of a smoker’s. Ten years after quitting, your risk of getting other types of cancer also decreases.
10. Same risk of heart disease as nonsmoker (15 years after you quit)

Fifteen years after your last cigarette, your risk for heart disease will be at the same level as that of a nonsmoker. Your risk of developing other conditions, such as arrhythmia, will also be reduced to normal levels.

11. Long-term benefits of quitting

The long-term benefits of quitting smoking are significant and can increase life expectancy. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nonsmokers live about 10 years longer than smokers. Quit today, and you may live those extra years with a functional heart and healthy lungs, allowing you to stay active and feel great.

12. Ready to quit?

Quitting smoking isn’t easy, but it’s definitely worth the struggle, and there are resources available to help you quit today. If you’re ready for the benefits of a smoke-free life, visit our Smoking Cessation Center for information on how to start on the path to quitting. Take advantage of the numerous articles and tools so you can stop smoking once and for all.

Please read this very important article and make positive change.


Kim Groves said...

I am a smoker and I Reed this until the end and I'm really going to try and stop smoking tomorrow will be my first day of being a non smoker thank-you so much for the information so that you can educate people about the dangers of smoking

Kim Groves said...

I am a smoker and I Reed this until the end and I'm really going to try and stop smoking tomorrow will be my first day of being a non smoker thank-you so much for the information so that you can educate people about the dangers of smoking

Milzy said...

I smoked for 48 years and stopped December 2015. Cold Turkey, early bed first days and break the habit to break the addiction. Been virtually 30 months now and it feels great. Fitter, breathe easier and a damn sight better off financially. Yes it's hard but stick at it, it's worth it. You may put weight on but that is far better than the risk posed by cigarettes.

Anonymous said...

What kind side effects do you have and are you crancky and what do you do to fight cravings

Anonymous said...

September 12 th it will be 8 months I quit smoking. Cold turkey after smoking for 49 years. I never thought I would quit. But just like I started I stopped. I feel so much better. My cough is gone and my smell and taste are more sensitive. I feel so much better already.

Anonymous said...

I use to smoke 80 a day and i was completely addictive but in december it will be 10 years since i stopped. Dont let people force you to quit as you wont suceed.you have to really want to quit then the battle is won.

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Anonymous said...

I quit nine months ago it was really really hard, I'd smoked for forty one year's got to say I feel great except for I've put loads of weight on doing lots of exercise now including riding a mountain bike twenty miles twice a week not bad for a sixty-five year old even if I say so myself.

Paul said...

I smoked for42 years what stopped me was a diagnosis of lung disease.My advice is dont wait for that death sentence to quit.Do it now before its to late.The End.

Anonymous said...

Quit until wife asked gor divorce,was 3 yrs free, will quit again

Anonymous said...

6 years now not smoking yay ! Not easy to do I must say I stopped because of Heath problems which are many. Including 2. Heart attacks with in a month & sepsis ...... Lucky to survive both ... So give it it your best shot good luck.

Joroki0 said...

I have quit many times, for years at a time--one effect that is individual and I l is the recovery of taste and smell--I am 8 years again-- PLEASE don't wait for COPD, Emphysema, Bronchitis--- thinking these diseases only happen to others is a fools game --you can do it and there are many ways--do it for yourself-- I still get an urge once in a while but know it passes quickly and I will smoke more and DIE sooner--wish u all the best

Chrissy Hanson said...

Best article and feedback on the subject. This was very helpful.

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Shadows said...

Nicotine is found in tomatoes and many other fruits and vegetables. Out if every single chemical, nicotine is hands down the least dangerous. That said, I've been vaping for a year now and it got me fully off analog cigarettes. Best decision I've ever made.

Anonymous said...

Yup can do it,was a heavy snooker quit 6 years ag0

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Anonymous said...

I quit october 9th and vaping really helped .i smoked for 30yrs and around 30 roll ups a day.i feel so much better and can do things now without wheezing and coughing..i have put on weight but im on it.never thought id kick it but i have

Anonymous said...

Gave up back in May 1990 and so pleased I did. Think about the money I have saved!!. Don't try and quit until you have definitely made a mental shift in your thinking to quit or it won't work.