What Happens When You Quit Smoking?

Well, I’ve made it five days. Of course, I’m ‘cheating’ and using the good old nicotine patch. After two weeks on the nicotine patch I’ll discontinue use and go it alone. At this point I actually feel pretty good. I’m not having trouble with triggers probably mostly due to the fact that I have the patch. I’m still chewing gum if I really feel like I want to have a cigarette, but for the most part it’s maybe one piece of gum a day. Shockingly enough it hasn’t bothered me if my husband is smoking.

I thought since others might be interested in learning what happens to a person after they quit smoking that I’d post a short list. Some of these I had no idea even happened, or were an issue quite honestly. Shows how completely uniformed I was as a smoker. It was such a habit that the health side effects weren’t really important.

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 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.


1 Comment »

  1. B said

    This is why I wish my Mom could get up the nerve to stop smoking. It worries me so much — she’s smoked since she was about 15 or so. I’ve nearly given up on her quitting.

    Keep going strong, I know you’ll succeed! I’ve heard keeping busy (to keep your mind off of it) is key.

    BTW, I just found out I’m on your blog roll — and I’m honored. Thanks so much! 🙂

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