What Happens to Your Body when You Quit Smoking

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UPDATED: Mar 26, 2020

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You know smoking is bad for you. And yet, you light up anyway. Maybe you think it’s too hard to quit. Or maybe the dangers of smoking seem far away, and you tell yourself that you’ll quit someday. Well, the dangers aren’t all that far away. The good news is, neither are the benefits of quitting. There are some benefits of throwing out that pack of Camels that you’ll notice almost immediately. Other benefits show themselves in time. Below are a few incentives to stop smoking today.

After Day One

The first day you quit smoking there are two important events that happen.  After the first 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure will start to drop to normal. After approximately 12 hours your level of carbon monoxide, which inhibits the blood’s ability to carry oxygen to vital organs, will drop to normal.

After Nine Months

What happens to your body after you’ve abstained from cigarettes for longer periods of time is even more rewarding. In the first couple of months after quitting your circulation will improve, and your lung function will increase. Next, your risk of having a heart attack starts to drop. A few months later you will begin to notice your improved lung function, especially during exercise. This is because your cilia, tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs, will have regained normal function thus increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection. Your smoker’s cough will have almost completely disappeared.

After One Year

Your first year without cigarettes is a big deal. First of all, you have saved a ton of money by not purchasing the wretched things. You also look better, you feel better, and you certainly smell better.  And what’s best of all? After a year you will have cut your risk of heart disease to half that of a smoker’s.

After Five Years

Within five years of quitting smoking, your stroke risk will be reduced to that of a non-smoker. After ten years your risk of lung cancer is about half that of a person who continues smoking. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas will all decrease as well. And after 15 years you will finally have the same risk of heart disease as someone who hasn’t smoked. So why not quit now?

The reasons to stop smoking are endless. It doesn’t matter whether you do it for your wallet, for your health or a loved one; please quit. Not only could it save your life, but it could also save you money on your term life insurance policy.

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