There are NO benefits of continuing to smoke. It’s only downhill. There isn’t even a smidgen of uphill.
If you believe you can lead a healthy life for all your life as a smoker, you are kidding yourself.
So what happens to your body internally when you put that last one out? What are the changes that take place? How fast will you notice things getting better?
What Happens To Your Body Physically?
•After 30 minutes…
Your blood pressure decreases.
Smoking is a stimulant, and as you inhale, you increase your heart rate.
This is why people smoke when they get really excited or really depressed.
After you take that final drag, your blood pressure goes back down to normal. If you continue to stay quit, it continues to stay normal.
•After 9 hours…
Carbon monoxide levels in blood return to normal.
If you quit in the morning as soon as you woke up, 9 hours or so later you should feel a burst of energy.
You might confuse that with pain and physical withdrawal, but underneath all that pain you actually might feel better than before.
The sad part is that nicotine tricks you and plays game with your mind. If you relapse, you’ll return to square one and feel physically and mentally horrible all over again.
•After 24 hours…
Your risk of having a heart attack is reduced.
Chain smoking 24 hours a day can cause havoc on your heart. All that stimulation goes unnoticed if used a lot. One day after quitting and you’ll reduce the risk.
It makes sense since you aren’t stimulating your heart drag after drag. You’re leaving it alone to heal, which is a good thing. Keep it up!
•After 48 hours…
You can smell and taste things again.
You think you can taste the food you’re eating when you’re a smoker?
Well you don’t know that answer for sure until you quit.
Suddenly you get that WOW factor, and dinner all of a sudden takes on a whole new meaning.
Smokers can’t smell themselves and how horrible the stench is.
When you quit, you’ll notice others around you and how terrible they smell when they come from outside.
That’s exactly what you smelled like everyday of your life to everyone else.
Are you glad you quit now?
People won’t be disgusted by you. They might actually want to be around you now that you don’t smell like an ashtray.
•After 1 month…
Your cough goes away and breathing becomes easier.
At the beginning, you might notice things getting worse. That is common for everyone.
That’s just your body’s way of getting rid of all the toxic chemicals. It’s trying to expel them.
After one month, breathing becomes easier, and your energy level flies through the roof.
Sleeping will also be better now that you can breathe better. You’ll sleep like a baby.
You’ll be more talkative, too, because you won’t be so tired.
•After 6 months…
Lung capacity is greatly improved.
Breathing is highly underrated, and smokers just don’t realize how bad they are damaging their lungs with each drag.
You can run, do all your errands, and zip around like there’s no tomorrow and never get winded once. Everything is better because you can breathe better.
•After 1 year…
Risk of heart attack is 50% of what it used to be.
Quitting reduces stress and decreases your blood pressure and heart rate. It’s only natural that your risk of a heart attack will also go down.
•After 10 years…
Your risk of lung cancer is 50% of what it used to be.
After a while, your body heals itself. But that doesn’t happen overnight.
It takes years to return to normal. Because of that, it’s still possible to get this disease, or even oral cancer.
•After 15 years…
Risk of death due to smoking related issues returns to normal levels.
In a nutshell, you’re back to your old self.
It depends on the number of years you were a smoker. If you smoked for 10 years, then it will take 10 years to return to normal.
If you smoked for 30 years, it will take 30 years to return to normal.
See how that works?
How long has it been for you? It’s all about how much damage you’ve done to yourself during that time. These are just estimates, nothing is set in stone.
If anything, the increase of lung capacity is reason alone to quit.
Having bronchitis is a scary thing, and once you get emphysema, it’s all over from there. Dying because you can’t breathe is a horrible way to go.
Don’t let that happen.
Start turning things around for the better! You’ll be amazed at how good you can actually feel!
Imagine running a marathon. Imagine swimming 10 laps around the pool. Imagine playing an entire game of basketball and never getting winded.
It’s absolutely possible!
Gillian Sowers says
I had quit for 10 years!! But 2.5 years ago I started again, because I AM STUPID!! I am up to 2+ packs a day and that poison is RULING my life. I am over it!