What Happens to Your Body if You Stop Smoking Right Now?

Healthbolt lists incentives to motivate those who won’t stop smoking “because all the benefits of quitting and all the dangers of continuing seem very far away.” If you stop smoking right now:

  • In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal.
  • In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in your blood stream will drop by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
  • In 48 hours your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
  • In 72 hours your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
  • In 2 weeks your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
  • In three to nine months coughs, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
  • In 1 year your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
  • In 5 years your risk of having a stroke returns to thatof a non-smoker.
  • In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
  • In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
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  1. Kim Priestap says:

    to that of a non-smoker. In 10 years your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker. In 15 years your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker. If you smoke, please stop. Your body will thank you. Hat tip: Outside the Beltway. Posted at 03:05 PM in Health | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

  2. health propaganda against smoking

  3. Kim Priestap says:

    If You Stopped Smoking Right Now…

    According to Healthbolt, if you decided to stop smoking right now, this very minute, this is how your body would begin recovering: In 20 minutes your blood pressure will drop back down to normal. In 8 hours the carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) levels in y…

  4. Wind Rider says:

    In 30 seconds Henry Waxman comes up with something else to nag and nanny you about
    In a New York minute Eliot Spitzer and the other state AGs find a new deep pocket “public menace” to pillage
    In 7 billion years the sun goes supernova

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