04 December 2005

What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

When you stop smoking, your body begins to heal itself. If you're thinking about stopping smoking, you should know:
20 minutes after your last cigarette
Blood pressure drops to normal
Pulse rate drops to normal
Temperature of hands and feet increases to normal
8 hours after your last cigarette
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
24 hours after your last cigarette
Chance of heart attack decreases
48 hours after your last cigarette
Nerve endings start to regrow
Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
72 hours after your last cigarette
Breathing becomes easier.
Lung capacity increases
2 weeks to 3 months after your last cigarette
Blood circulation improves
Walking becomes easier
Lung function increases up to 30%
1 to 9 months after your last cigarette
Coughing, sinus congestion, and shortness of breath decrease
Your body's energy level increases
Your lungs are better able to fight infection
5 years after your last cigarette
Lung cancer death risk decreases
10 years after your last cigarette
Lung cancer death risk drops
Risk of other cancers drops

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