Thursday, October 12, 2006

Immediate Physical effects of quitting Smoking

An interesting little read about the some of the effects on the body when you quit smoking.

What Happens to Your body if you stop smoking Right now?

I think one of the main reasons it’s so hard to quit smoking is because all the benefits of quitting and all the dangers of continuing seem very far away. Well, here’s a little timeline about some of the more immediate effects of quitting smoking and how that will affect your body 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 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.

So, you have more immediate things to look forward to if you quit now besides just freaking out about not being able to smoke.

2 Comments:

Blogger caffinemarketing said...

Quitting smoking is stressful. Especially if you're an old guy in the office. In the video this guy is so stressed from not having a cigarette that people purposely bug him and he starts throwing computers and flipping out. The commercial was developed for Zyban, the pharmaceutical drug to help people quit.

http://www.madweird.com/hilarious-videos/quitting-smoking-is-stressful

10:30 PM, October 13, 2006  
Blogger RFC said...

I am not sure if your spaming me or making a genuine comment. I did visit your site though.

7:12 AM, October 14, 2006  

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