The statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that smoking kills around seven million people a year, which is almost double the number recorded in 2000.
Ahead of the obesity, the startling figures show that tobacco use is now the leading cause of preventable deaths across the world.
This is a reason why many people decided to quit it, which is so tough according to the figures that show that about 70% of smokers actually want to quit but they don’t. Only about 7% of smokers successfully quit on their first try.
In this article, we will present you the positive side of the story, linked to the changes in your body from the moment you stop smoking.
As deciding to quit smoking isn’t easy, we believe that these facts will support your decision and remind you daily why you choose to stop it.
Here is what you can expect to see if you quit smoking now (10 health benefits):
- Within 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure will lower to a normal level, which stimulates blood flow and proper circulation.
- Only after 8 hours, the levels of the deadly carbon monoxide gas in your bloodstream will be cut in half. That allows oxygen in, helping the clearing of the irritants and harmful bacteria.
- After 48 hours are substantially reduced chances of having a heart attack. At this stage the level of nicotine will have been completely flushed from your system, renewing the sense of smell and taste.
- 3 days from your last puff you will realize that you breathe easier with relaxed bronchial tubes. This is a time when you feel more energetic, which will come as a nice boost to the stress of quitting.
- The period between 2 weeks and 2 months after smoking, your walking and blood circulation will improve and lung function increased up to 30%.
- From 3 to 9 months the breathing will no longer be bothered by general respiratory issues, coughing, and congestion. The fibers in your bronchial tubes will increase the ability to handle mucus and clean lungs of bacteria.
- After a year, you will reduce your risk of a heart attack by half and you will feel the energy levels like all other non-smokers.
- 5 years post your quitting you will reduce the risk of having a stroke and be equal to non-smoker.
- The period of 10 years without smoking will effectively revert the damage to your lungs and reduces your chances of lung cancer to that of a person who has never smoked. At this stage, you are less at risk for lung cancer, but of the other 30 chemicals found in tobacco, too.
- After 15 years you will have the same risk of suffering major heart problems as those that have never smoked.
In practice, the dangerous effects of smoking on the body are often stressed in an effort to get people to quit.
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