The moment you stop smoking, your body begins to heal and repair itself.
➢ Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure decreases within six hours after quitting.
➢ Depending on the way your body metabolizes nicotine, within 12 – 24 hours almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream. The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped significantly and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles. Your blood circulation improves, your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.
➢ By the end of the first week, your sense of taste and smell start to improve. Your lungs become better at removing mucus, tar and dust from your lungs. The blood levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C. become significantly higher.
➢ You will notice that you’re coughing and wheezing less within 6 – 8 weeks after quitting. Your resistance to infections will increase as your immune system is beginning its recovery by now. Your blood is less thick and sticky and blood flow to your hands and feet has improved.
➢ Within 6 months after quitting, your lungs are working much better, producing less phlegm. Also you’re likely to feel less stressed now, than when you were smoking.
➢ After 12 months of not smoking, your lungs are healthier and you’ll be breathing significantly easier than if you’d kept smoking.
➢ Two years after quitting, there is a large drop in your risk of heart attack and stroke and this risk will continue to gradually decrease over time.
➢ Five years after quitting, for women, the risk of cervical cancer is the same as someone who has never smoked.
➢ Ten years after quitting, your risk of lung cancer is lower than that of a continuing smoker (provided the disease was not already present when you quit).
➢ Fifteen years after quitting, your risk of heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked.