What happens With Your Body When You Stop Smoking?
Smoking is an ancient practice, and it was first used as a ritual. There is a wide variety of substances, dried plants leaves and other things that can be used to create a cigarette, but the most widespread cigarette is made of tobacco.
Even if sometimes it’s interesting and relaxing to have a cigarette with a friend, you probably know that smoking is a very bad habit for your body and for your health. This is the reason why many people try to quit smoking, but they aren’t prepared mentally and physically to do that.
Quitting smoking isn’t something very easy, that’s why many of those who are trying to give up on smoking don’t succeed. We will present you what happens when you stop smoking. Knowing those things you can anticipate and control your habits. It could be something very helpful because you’ll have bigger chances to stop smoking if you’ll know what happens in time!
Notice that some effects might be different for every person, and there are multiple factors that will influence your body behavior after you’ll smoke your last cigarette. Depending on how many cigarettes you smoke daily, what types of cigarettes you use (the percentage of nicotine in each cigarette) and many others, those things might vary in your case.
20 minutes after the smoke
Immediately after you stop smoking, your body will notice that. In the first 20 minutes your heart will establish the normal peace again, which means that you’ll have a close to normal blood pressure and pulse rate. Those are the first positive effects that you’ll be able to observe immediately.
2 hours after the smoke
After around two hours of no cigarette smoked your heart will be very close to the normal rate, so will be the blood pressure, but you’ll probably feel anxiety, maybe frustration, drowsiness or other sleeping problems. Those are symptoms of nicotine withdrawals, so don’t panic because it is normal if you haven’t smoking for two hours.
12 hours after the smoke
It is well known that a smoker inhales Carbon monoxide, which is transferred into the blood system. 12 hours after you quit smoking the level of Carbon monoxide from your blood will decrease, and the oxygen will take its place. This is an important thing that happens in your body, because you’ll have again a normal level of oxygen in blood. It is good to know that low level of oxygen in blood can cause serious health diseases, and some of the most known are the hearth conditions.
24 hours after the smoke
24 hours – no smoking and the risk for major health diseases will already be reduced.The studies show that the risk of coronary artery disease is very high for people who smoke, but once you quit smoking the risk will considerably lower in the first 24 hours.
48 hour after smoke
Two days – 48 hours – after you quit, you’ll start to feel better and better. You’ll regain some of the senses, like smelling and tasting because your nerves endings will regrow, which will result in a better food tasting and odor smelling.
3 days after quit smoke
The quitting smoking process became very difficult in the third day after you decided to stop to smoke. This is the point when you’ll body will be nicotine free, but you will surely experience some things that might make you think to light a cigarette. Things like depression, muscular cramps, headaches and even sweating are common and you should do your best to overcome them.
2 or 3 weeks after quit smoke
If you’re here, you can consider yourself half way to the finish line because after 2 or 3 weeks of no smoking you’ll have a considerably better shape than you had a few weeks or months ago. At this point you can start doing physical exercises because your body will start to regenerate and heal. Specialists say that after 2 or 3 weeks your lungs will work better, and they will be with 30% healthier than they were when you used to smoke.
after a month
After a month you quit your lungs will be almost fully recovered and they will be able to work efficiently. The coughing and breath problems will stop soon, and, depending on each person, after 9 or more months all the symptoms will disappear and also the need of smoking will be gone.
after 1 year
You can celebrate now because you just reached 1 year of no smoking, which is one of the most important things that you achieved in the last period of time. After 1 year the risks of health diseases will lower with 50%.
after 5 year
In 5 years after quitting your blood vessel will be as healthy as a nonsmoker’s are, so the risks of having a stroke will diminish.
after 10 year
10 years after you quit smoking is another important mark in your life. Lung cancer, kidney cancer, oral cavity cancer or esophageal cancer chances are also getting lower and lower, but you should know that there are some things, that affected your whole body while you used to smoke, and some of them are irreparable.
If you’re adopting a healthy life style with physical activity, healthy and healthy food, after 15 years after you quit smoking the chances of hearth conditions are the same for you as they are for a nonsmoker. It is a good sign, but as you can see, it takes a lot of time.
You might notice that the benefits of quitting smoking are very important for long term, but if you stop today you’ll thank yourself in the future for this decision.
To be honest, excepting one of the most important benefit, your health, as a nonsmoker you’ll also save some money. It means that you could invest the money you used to spend on cigarettes to buy healthy foods and other things that could help you have a happy, healthy and long life with your family.