Everyone knows that smoking is bad for them, but do they know exactly how dangerous it is? It’s important to understand and acknowledge the risks, however there’s a lot more to quitting than frightening statistics. A journey to smoke-free living will help you flip your life around in countless positive ways.
After 30 days of living smoke-free:
- You’ll be able to exercise or perform activities with less shortness of breath.
- Your clothes, your body, your car, and your bedroom will smell better.
- Your sense of taste and smell will improve.
- The stains on your fingernails and teeth will begin to fade.
According to the American Heart Association and the U.S. surgeon general, your body will start to recover in the following ways:
- After 20 minutes of quitting smoking, your blood pressure and your heart rate will return to normal from the cigarette-induce spike.
- After 12 hours of smoke-free living, your blood’s carbon monoxide levels will return to normal.
- After one to nine months of smoke-free living, deeper and smoother breathing will gradually return to normal, and the coughing and shortness of breath will diminish. You’ll also regain the ability to cough effectively instead of hacking, which cleans out your lungs and reduces your risk of infection or lung cancer.
- One year after quitting smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease will decrease by 50 percent.
- After five years of quitting smoking, your risk of cancer in your heart, mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder will reduce by 50 percent. Also, your risks of cervical cancer and stroke will return to normal.
- After 10 years of quitting smoking, you’re half as likely to die from lung cancer! Your risk of larynx or pancreatic cancer drastically decreases as well.
- After 15 years of quitting smoking, your risk of coronary heart disease is exactly the same as a non-smoker!
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