Most smokers would like to quit smoking. However, most people aren’t able to quit on the first try and some never quit at all. If you’re struggling with this addiction, it’s important to note that the benefits of quitting are almost immediate, regardless of how long you’ve been smoking. In fact it is NEVER too late to quit smoking!
From the moment you have your last cigarette, the human body beings to respond positively in the following ways:
Within 20 minutes of quitting - your blood pressure and pulse rate
drop to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet
increases to normal.
Within 24 hours of quitting - your risk of a heart attack
Within 48 hours of quitting - your senses of smell and taste
begin to return to normal.
Within 2 weeks to 3 months of quitting - your circulation
improves and walking becomes easier. Your lung function
increases by up to 30%.
Within 1 - 9 months of quitting - symptoms like coughing,
stuffy nose, fatigue, and shortness of breath improve. You
will have fewer illnesses, colds, and asthma attacks.
Within 1 year of quitting - your risk of coronary heart disease is
half that of someone still using tobacco.
Within 5 years of quitting - your lung cancer death rate is
almost half that of someone who still smokes one pack per day.
Your risk of cancer of the mouth is half that of a tobacco user.
Within 10 years of quitting - your lung cancer death rate becomes similar to that of someone who
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