This Monday is a great day to stop and stay quiet. Whether you’re just starting your quitting or have been around for a while, understanding what you will get back when you finally give up the habit is helpful.
When you quit smoking, your body regains some health benefits almost immediately. And the longer you stop, the healthier your body will be. You will feel different, look different, and probably even smell different. There are so many positive changes to expect and remembering them is one way to stay motivated. Here’s what happens to your body when you stop smoking:
Your health will improve instantly: After just a few days of a cigarette-free lifestyle, your lung function as well as your sense of taste and smell will improve. After only 20 minutes of being smoke-free, your blood pressure and heart rate will drop. Eight hours into your new life, the levels of carbon monoxide in your blood will return to normal as the levels of oxygen in your blood increase. After a full day without smoking, you reduce your risk of heart attack.
Even more health benefits will show up in the coming weeks and months: After 72 hours of rest, your bronchi will relax. In just a month, your skin could be improved, looking younger, and your nails and teeth looking healthier. And in two to three months, your blood circulation will improve, as will your exercise endurance.
By the ninth month that you are living a smoke-free life, you will feel completely different: These changes are gradual, and some come faster than others. But once you hit the nine month mark, you’ll breathe easier, feel less tired, and have fewer coughing fits and less sinus congestion. Also, your energy levels will be improved dramatically.
After a year, your risk of heart disease is half that of a current smoker: This is a real reason to celebrate.
When you hit the 10-year mark, your risk of dying from lung cancer drops significantly: At this point the risk will drop so drastically that it is almost equal to the risk of a lifetime non-smoker. It also decreases your risk of other types of cancer.