Given all the anti-smoking propaganda found on cigarette packets, TV commercials and NHS campaigns, you cannon but be aware of the health hazards smoking causes to your body.
On average, everyone lights a cigarette every now and then, especially after a night of boozing. But, it’s not these on-and-off smokers that are really affected by the health implications of smoking. It’s the regular smokers that should be concerned about their health.
Aside from the heavy flow of information on what smoking does to your body, which everyone is more or less familiar with, it’s also worthwhile to learn what quitting can do to your body. The latter can even act as a stronger stimulus!
This useful info-graphic clearly depicts what changes occur in your body in the minutes, hours and days after you flick away your last cigarette. Plus, it might come as a surprise for you to learn how soon your health will improve the moment you quit.
The first thing you’ll notice is improved sleep quality and overall health in just a few hours after quitting.
A few months later you’ll breathe significantly better, and within a year your chances of developing heart disease will decrease by half!
All things considered, the timeline after you stop smoking is as follows:
Your blood pressure and pulse normalize and the temperature in your hands and feet increases.
Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in your blood decrease by half. On the other hand, there’s an increase in oxygen levels, which become more balanced making you feel more alert and stronger. Your sleep quality is also improved.
Your body gets rid of carbon monoxide and nicotine. Mucus and other smoking debris are cleared out of your lungs. The nerve endings start to regenerate, which makes your sense of smell and taste return.
There’s a significant improvement in your lung function and circulation. You’ll find walking and exercise a lot easier, and you will cough less.
1 – 9 Months
You’ll experience a considerable reduction in sinus congestion and fatigue. You’ll breathe much more steadily, and you will no longer be short of breath.
Your chances of developing coronary heart disease will decrease by 50%.
Your chances of having a stroke will be the same as those in non-smokers.
Your chances of developing smoking-related cancer will be the same as those in non-smokers. And 60% of cancers are linked to both diet and smoking.
Your chances of developing coronary heart disease or having a heart attack will decrease significantly and equal those of non-smokers. The same applies for your risk of death.