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Quit Smoking and Watch Your Health Improve Immediately

September 18, 2012|Uncategorized

Most of us know that smoking is hazardous to our health.

But, do you know how quickly your health improves once you stop smoking? As it turns out, your health starts to improve within 20 minutes.

Check out the time table below to see the benefits of quitting for varying amounts of time. If you can quit for one year, your excess risk of coronary heart disease drops to half that of a smoker. Stop for 5 years and your risk of stroke drops to that of non-smokers. Ten years – your risk of lung cancer drops by half.

If you want to quit smoking, speak with your physician about your options. Also, many health psychologists specialize in smoking cessation and can be an invaluable resource in your efforts to quit.

Share this information with anyone who might want to stop smoking – it might be helpful.

20 to 120 MINUTES

  • Blood pressure drops to normal
  • Pulse rate drops to normal
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

12 HOURS

  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 HOURS

  • Chance of heart attack decreases

48 HOURS

  • Nerve endings start regrowing
  • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced

2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases up to 30 percent

1 TO 9 MONTHS

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease
  • Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing their ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection
  • Body’s overall energy increases

1 YEAR

  • Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker

5 YEARS

  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker five to 15 years after quitting
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker’s

10 YEARS

  • Lung cancer death rate drops by 50% compared to smokers
  • Precancerous cells are replaced
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, cervix, and pancreas decreases further

15 YEARS

  • Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker

Much of this information is from and available at www.cancer.org

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