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Will My Body Recover After I Quit Smoking?

Non-smokers lungs vs Smokers lungs

Non-smokers lungs vs Smokers lungs

Benefits when you quit smoking:

  • 20 minutes after quitting heart rate and blood pressure drops
  • 12 hours after quitting the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting circulation improves and your lung function increases
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to remove mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection
  • 1 year after quitting the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s
  • 5 years after quitting risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half; cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non- smoker
  • 10 years after quitting the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking; the risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases
  • 15 years after quitting the risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non–smoker
  • 25 years after quitting stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker

These are just a few of the benefits of quitting smoking for good. Quitting smoking lowers the risk for diabetes, improves the functioning of blood vessels, the heart and lungs. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would otherwise be lost if continue to smoke. Picture top right: courtesy of Body Worlds

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  • marriam says:

    hi i would like to join your online smoking cessation as i have been trying to quit smoking for a long time but its really difficult especially if i get hurt i just take one cigarret which lead to more its so difficult i want to stop and live a healthy life for me and my family.

  • Aneesa says:

    Hubby and I recently moved to Kuwait from our home country, South Africa. We are here on a short dream contract. Kuwait is not as advanced as SA in terms of smoking laws let alone smoking cessation – people even smoke in malls still. So, we found that we are smoking more. We are co. it tend to quitting and have begun cutting down. We begin taking Champix tomorrow and our Quit Day is Next Tuesday. It’s scary but we will do this. I’m going to join your online programme because I think I need the support. Thanks for making it free. hopefully when we get back to SA in July, we will be smoke-free for months.

  • Esme Sleeking says:

    I dearly wish to stop smoking and have stopped totally for 5 days. I started using Champix on 15 May but did not stop immediately. I only cut down untill about 5 days ago. I still cannot get my mind around this not smoking and find it very difficult. Thank you for your support and advice.

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