Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continues for years.
The benefits of quitting smoking are enormous. The moment you quit smoking your body begins to heal itself from the years of smoking.
Within a few days you will probably begin to notice some remarkable changes in your body. Your sense of smell and taste may improve. You will breathe easier, and your smoker's hack will begin to disappear, although you may notice that you will continue to cough for a while. And you will be free from the mess, smell, inconvenience, expense, and dependence of cigarette smoking.
• 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse will lower and return to normal. The temperature in your hands and feet increase.
• After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will lower and return to normal. Blood oxygen begins to increase. You’ll feel more alert, sleep better, and be stronger.
• After 24 hours, your risk of heart attack drops significantly.
• After 48 hours, nerve endings begin to regrow and your sense of smell and taste will return.
• After about 3 months, your circulation will improve, walking will be easier, and you’ll cough less. Lung function will be markedly improved.
• Between 1 and 9 months, you’ll have less sinus congestion, fatigue, and nearly no shortness of breath.
• After 1 year, your risk of coronary heart disease is half of what it was when you smoked.
• After 5-15 years, your risk of stroke returns to normal, as if you never smoked at all.
• At the 10 year mark, your chance of developing smoking-related cancer is about the same as a non-smoker. Diet and smoking contribute to 60% of cancers.
• After 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack is that of a non-smoker. Your risk of death has dropped to that of a non-smoker.
It is important to understand that the long range after-effects of quitting are only temporary and signal the beginning of a healthier life.
These are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking for good. Quitting smoking lowers the risk of diabetes, lets blood vessels work better, and helps the heart and lungs. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke.
I don’t know if that convinced you…but at least it worth a try!
Source: Simple Organic Life
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