Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking
There are numerous positives when you quit smoking. Even when you try to quit but relapse and pick up a cigarette again, there are still some positives from the time you stopped! That is why you should NEVER give up trying to quit smoking. It took me six or seven tries until I eventually quit smoking but it was worth it.
Depending on how many cigarettes you smoke a day, typical benefits when stopping are as follows:
Within a day
Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.
The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and more oxygen can reach your heart and muscles. Haemoglobin is the protein which transports oxygen in your body. However, it has a stronger affinity with carbon monoxide than oxygen. This is the reason why smokers are short of breath.
Within a week
Your lung’s natural cleaning system will start to recover and will become more efficient at removing things like tar from your lungs.
You will have higher blood levels of protective antioxidants, such as Vitamin C.
Within two months
You will cough and wheeze less
Your immune system will become stronger, meaning you will get sick less often and your body will heal better from cuts and wounds.
Your blood flow to your hands and feet will improve.
Your lungs will no longer product extra phlegm caused by smoking.
Within six months
Your lungs will work a lot better and this will make exercise and breathing a lot easier as more air is getting into your lungs.
After one year
Your blood pressure returns to normal.
Within two to five years
There is a large drop in your risk of heart attack and stroke.
For women, within 5 years your risk of cervical cancer is the same as someone who has never smoked.
After ten years
Your risk of lung cancer is markedly lower than that of someone who is still smoking (provided the disease is not already present).
After fifteen years
Your risk of heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked.
When you give up smoking, take each day as it comes. In a perfect world, quitting smoking would be easy. However, it isn’t. I know as I once was a smoker and I can tell you that I have noticed the benefits since I quit smoking. Never give up trying and hopefully, you will see the benefits.