What happens when you quit smoking?
Quitting smoking has both short and long-term health benefits. Saying good bye to your nicotine habit restores the full function and vitality of your body. Over time, you can also significantly reduce your risk for diseases related to the smoking, specifically the inflammatory process in blood vessel walls that is responsible for many blockages which can cause heart attacks and strokes.
The first health benefits of quitting can occur as soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette. Your blood pressure and pulse are back to normal again, and after 24 hours of not smoking the last traces of carbon monoxide leave your body and lungs, letting you to begin the process of clearing mucus and the rest of smoking debris.
These are the other healthy changes that happen in your body over the next year when you stop smoking:
48 hours – The nicotine is completely left your system. There’s improvement in your ability to taste and smell.
72 hours – You breathe more easily. The strain on your bronchial tubes is lifted up and they begin to relax. Your energy levels increases.
2 – 12 weeks – Your circulation improves.
3 – 9 months – Your respiratory problems start to gradually disappear. You spend less time coughing, wheezing, and breathing heavily. Your lungs are functioning better by up to 10%.
1 year – Your risk of a heart attack lowers by up to 50%, compared to your former self.
Even if you are a veteran smoker who has spent 30 or more years smoking will get those benefits after quitting once and for all. No matter how long you have smoked, reducing the exposure to inhaled tobacco has significant heart health benefits. However, taking in consideration what’s been said above, it’s always better to do it as early in your life as possible.