As the new year approaches, a lot of you are planning to resolve to quit smoking for good. The problem with quitting smoking is that the benefits all seem to be far into the future. However, I’m going to show you how your body starts to recover from cigerette induced damages almost as soon as you have quit smoking.
Lets say you have resolved to quit on the new year. At 15 minutes to midnight on December 31, you light your last cigarette. As the clock strikes 12, and people around you leap up and try to kiss each other, you put your cigarette out.
In 20 minutes
By 12.20 AM of January 1, your blood pressure will have returned to normal.
In 8 hours
By 8 AM, as you wake up to a hopefully hangover free morning of the New Year, oxygen levels in your blood stream will have returned to normal, and the carbon monoxide levels will have dropped by half.
In 48 hours
By the end of January 2, your body will be totally free of nicotine, and you will have recovered your normal level of taste and smell. Your chance of having a heart attack will have reduced somewhat.
In 72 hours
By the end of January 3, you will have higher energy levels, and your bronchial tubes, contorted by smoking, will relax.
In 2 weeks
By January 15, your blood circulation will have increased, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks, till the end of March.
In 6 months
By the end of June, 2012, your lung capacity will have improved by 10%, and breathing problems, coughing, and wheezing will have dissipated.
In 1 year
By the end of 2013, your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
In 5 years
By 2019, our risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
In 10 years
By 2024, your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
In 15 years
By 2029, your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
Motivated? Don’t wait till the new year! Quit now and do your body a favor.