How quitting smoking impacts your body

Jun 03, 2011

Everyone knows that smoking is horrible on your health but not everyone knows all the short and long term benefits that arise along the way. Here are 10 different milestones a smoker will reach as he stops smoking for good. Breaking down a large milestone into smaller ones is a great way to stay motivated towards reaching a goal and if a smoker can understand the benefits that are happening along the way, it may just help them kick the habit for good.

Here they are;

  1. In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
  2. In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
  3. In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
  4. In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
  5. In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
  6. In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
  7. In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
  8. In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
  9. In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
  10. In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

Hope this helps someone quit

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