If I Quit
Smoking Right Now...
an averaged little timeline about some of the more immediate effects of
quitting smoking and how that will affect your body.
In 20 minutes your blood
pressure will drop back down to normal.
In 8 hours the carbon
monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half,
and oxygen levels will return to normal.
In 48 hours your chance of
having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left
your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
In 72 hours your bronchial
tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
In 2 weeks your
circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next
In three to nine months
coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung
capacity improves by 10%.
1 year your risk of having a heart attack
will have dropped by half.
In 5 years your risk of
having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
In 10 years your risk of
lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
In 15 years your risk of
heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
Why should I quit
Have you ever heard anyone say,
“Quitting smoking was the easiest thing I ever did?”
Of course not. Smoking is more than just “a bad
habit”, it’s an addiction. The good news is,
however, that thousands of people quit every year
and so can you.
what if you don’t want to quit? Maybe these facts
will help you change your mind:
- Smoking kills. In
plain and simple terms, smoking will take an
average of seven years off your life. In addition,
one out of every five deaths in the United States
is related to smoking.
- Smoking damages your
lungs. There is an old saying in the medical
community that goes like this; “ If you can’t
breathe, nothing else matters”. No truer words
were ever spoken. Physicians and scientists have
proven over and over that smoking causes
bronchitis, chronic cough, emphysema, chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease and lung cancer.
- Smoking stresses
your heart. Your heart and lungs work
“hand-in-hand.” When one is damaged, the other
suffers too. If you are a smoker, you are at an
increased risk for heart disease. Smoking
constricts blood vessels and also increases
platelets, which causes blood to clot easier.
Carbon monoxide robs the body of oxygen. If you
already have heart disease, one of the best things
you could ever do for yourself is quitting smoking
- Smoking makes
everything worse. It’s bad enough
that smoking can severely damage your heart and
lungs, but we also know that the damage caused by
smoking doesn’t stop there. Smoking can also
contribute to high blood pressure, stomach ulcers,
gum disease and loss of taste.
- Smoking is
expensive. At today’s prices, a pack a
day smoking habit costs you about $1,200 a year.
- Quitting smoking
changes everything. That’s right.
No matter how long you have smoked, when you quit
your body begins to heal almost immediately. After
20 minutes your blood pressure begins to drop.
After only 24 hours your chance of a heart attack
decreases. After one year your excess risk of
heart disease is half that of a smoker. After 15
years your risk of coronary disease is back to
that of a non-smoker.