Nicotine – maybe it’s not the worst, but definitely is the most massive psycho-dependence in the world. Cigarette smoking is responsible for almost 500 000 deaths per year in the United States and more than 5 million in the world.
If you decide to quit smoking once for all and to get rid of this bad habit which is bad for your health and habit which is responsible for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and cancer also, that’s a good news and don’t think twice about it, for a decision like this it’s always the right time and a good choice.
So, if you stop smoking and you successfully made it through the first seven days without cigarettes, you pass the most difficult section, therefore, as a reward and as a additional motivation buy something for you that you will enjoy or what you love from the money that you would have spent on cigarettes for that time.
What Awaits You When You Stop Smoking
This is what happens in the body after quitting cigarettes:
Two hours after the last cigarette
Heart rate and blood pressure begin slowly to fall and return to normal, while the peripheral circulation starts to improve and temperature of hands and feet increases.
Eight hours after the last cigarette
Remaining nicotine in the bloodstream drops to less than 10 %.
Twelve hours after the last cigarette
Carbon monoxide level fall and the oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
One day after the last cigarette
Risk of heart attack in smokers is as much as 70 percent higher than in non-smokers. Only 24 hours risk of heart attack is already beginning to decline. Drink as much liquid as you can to clean your body faster of nicotine and other toxins.
Two days after the last cigarette
Nerve endings begin to regenerate and the sense of smell and sense of taste starts to recover.
Two weeks after the last cigarette
Regenerative processes begin in the body. Circulation is recovering, walks are pleasant and easier and lungs function improves by 30%.
1-9 months after the last cigarette
After the first month of not smoking your lungs begin to rebuild. Overall energy improves and symptoms as cough, fatigue, nasal congestion and heavy breathing disappear. Even the toughest smoking withdrawal symptoms retreat a few months after quitting. Appetite also improves and therefore be careful with food, pay attention to your calorie intake and be more physically active to avoid weight gain.
One year after the last cigarette
Risk of heart attack is 50 percent lower than in smokers.
Five years after the last cigarette
After five years of not smoking possibility of a heart attack is same as in people who never smoked.
Ten years after the last cigarette
Lung cancer is the most common disease in smokers. Even 90 percent of patients suffering from lung cancer were smokers. Ten years after quitting smoking, the risk of dying from lung cancer is reduced by 50 to 70 percent, and significantly is reduced the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, kidney and pancreas.
Fifteen years after the last cigarette
Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as in a person who has never smoked.
The long-term benefit
According to some researches, non-smokers live 14 years longer than smokers. Quitting smoking before the age of age of 30 eliminates all the consequences to your health in later life. Compared to smokers, people who stop smoking before age 50, reduced the risk of dying in the next 15 years by half and much less likely to develop pneumonia, colds, flu and bronchitis.
Quitting smoking is good for you both for health and for finance. You’ll feel and look better, your skin and hair will be in better condition and you will not have the unpleasant odor. You will be more resistant and more durable and less prone to stress. It’s always right time and it’s never late, if you are smoker, stop today, stop now.