The words are easy enough to say, but to actually put that last cigarettes out and break the habit is not something to scoff at. It’s hard. And not just because we say so. Did you know that 7 out of ten smokers you meet want to stop smoking but only 7% actually stop on their first attempt? Scary stats. We know. But there is a silver lining. The moment you put out that last smoke your body starts changing. And it’s an incredible change.
How about we throw a bunch of really important events that take place to your body the moment you dash out that last smoke and decide to embrace a free, healthier life:
Firstly, in under the first half hour – your blood pressure begins to lower. Blood flow and circulation begins to return to your hands and feet in its regular way.
Fast forward eight hours and the levels of toxic carbon monoxide in your bloodstream have reduced to half the amount. Oxygen begins to increase which aids as a remover of bacteria and other harmful substances. Oh and if you didn’t know already – it’s super important to have oxygen flowing freely in your body. Not so much with carbon monoxide. As you read this you are probably also coming to the realisation that you are in fact willingly gassing yourself every time you smoke. Stop Smoking it’s justAlso not cool.
Fast forward two days.
Now, believe it or not the chances of you having a heart attack are reduced substantially. Yes- when you smoke you could have a heart attack (one of the leading causes of death in men. Fun fact: About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States of America alone every year– that’s 1 in every 4 deaths. Simultaneously, nicotine will no longer be present in your body and with that, you will begin to smell the flowers and perfume in your home and taste the amazing curry you so love. Yep, that’s right – Stop Smoking and your sense of smell and taste start to recover!
Let’s move on to 72 hours later, shall we?
Breath deep. Because your ability to take in more air has become easier. Your bronchial tubes are taking less strain as they are now doing what they need to do – take in air and not dirty poisonous smoke. BONUS: Stop Smoking and you will feel more energetic, a great side effect to counter the anxiety and stress of quitting.
It’s been 2 weeks.
And then a quarter of a year, how’s the exercise feeling? Why do we ask? Because once you Stop Smoking you can walk a lot easier and your air suckers (respiratory system has recovered up to 30 percent!
The coughing, congestion and yucky internal phlegm you felt almost daily has gone? You must be in the magic 3- 9 month period of post smoking life! In fact your general respiratory issues have dramatically diminished. . The minute fibres in your bronchial tubes have begun to regrow, but you know this because your ability to handle mucus is obvious which by the way helps you clean your lungs of bacteria which lead to infections.
One year later once you Stop Smoking and guess what
– remember the talk of heart attacks from earlier? It’s been reduced to half and you have loads more energy, the same in fact as a non-smoker.
Half a decade later once you Stop Smoking and your chances of having a stroke are reduced to the same as that of a non-smoker. YES!
At ten years smoke free (which is amazing by the way), you will have lowered your chances of getting lung cancer to that of someone who never picked up a smoke. Remember all those nasty chemicals (over 30) that you inhaled when you sucked in that burnt tobacco? Well they are almost all gone. It gets even better by the way. 15 years on and you now statistically have an equal risk of suffering a major heart attack as those that have never smoked.
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