|What Happens to Your Body When you Stop Smoking?|
According to the American
Cancer Society and the Federal Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, as soon as you snuff out that final cigarette, the
body begins a series of changes:
WITHIN 20 MINUTES: your blood pressure and pulse rate drop to normal. Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.
WITHIN 48 HOURS: Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal. Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.
WITHIN 3 DAYS: You'll breathe easier.
WITHIN 2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS: Circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung function increases up to 30%.
WITHIN 1 TO 9 MONTHS: You'll cough less. Sinus congestion and shortness of breath decreases. The cilia that sweep debris from your lungs will grow back. You'll feel more energetic.
WITHIN 1 YEAR: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
WITHIN 2 YEARS: Your heart attach risk drops to near normal.
WITHIN 5 YEARS: Lung cancer death rate for average former smoker (one pack per day) decreases by almost half. Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker five to fifteen years after quitting. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.
WITHIN 10 YEARS: Lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a nonsmoker's. Precancerous cells are replaced. Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
WITHIN 15 YEARS: Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker's.
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