Health benefits of quitting Smoking

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As soon as you quit smoking, body begins to repair itself. Typical benefits of quitting are as follows:

Within 6 hours:

  • Heart rate slows and the blood pressure becomes more stable.

Within a day:

  • Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.
  • The level of carbon monoxide in the blood has been dropped and the oxygen can be more easily will reach into the heart and muscles.
  • Fingertips become warmer and the hands will be steadier.

Within a week:

  • Sense of taste and smell may improve.
  • After quitting smoking, lungs gets natural cleaning system that started to recover, for becoming better at removing mucus, tar and dust from lungs (exercise helps to clear out the lungs).
  • Higher blood levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C.

Within 3 months:

  • After 3 months coughing and wheezing is less.
  • The immune system is beginning its recovery so the body will be better at fighting off infection.
  • Blood will be less thick and sticky and blood flow into the hands and feet has improved.

Within 6 months:

  • After 6 months they are less likely to be coughing up phlegm.
  • After 6 months they likely to feel less stressed than when they were smoking in the past.

After 1 year:

  • After 1 year lungs are now healthier and you will be breathing easier than if you’d kept smoking.

Within 2 to 5 years:

  • There is a large drop in your risk of heart attack and stroke and this risk will continue to gradually decrease over time.
  • For women, within five years, the risk of cervical cancer is the same as someone who has never smoked.

After 10 years:

  • After 10 years the risk of lung cancer will be lower than that of a continuing smoker (provided the disease was not already present when you quit).

After 15 years:

  • Risk of heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked.
  • How fast and how well the body recovers and it depends on the number of cigarettes normally they smoke and how long they have been smoking, and also have a smoking-related disease.

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