While not a lot of people realize this, you begin seeing effects very early on once you decide to quit smoking. Sure, just a few days might not feel like much but it can make a difference.

When you quit smoking you’re not only benefiting your lungs you’re benefiting many parts of your body. So much changes as time passes once you decide to give up cigarettes for good. Smoking has according to the CDC caused more than 10 times as many premature deaths here in the US than all of our wars and that’s a lot. 

I recently came across an article on Lung.org which was put together by the American Lung Association that really brought things into the light on this topic. This article covers the things that happen from the first few minutes of quitting and into the years following. While these things might not sound like a lot to everyone, if you’re a smoker these changes will make huge differences in your life. 

According to The American Lung Association, these things happen once you quit smoking:

20 Minutes After Quitting –

Your heart rate drops to a normal level.

12 to 24 Hours After Quitting – 

The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.

The risk of heart attack is significantly reduced.

2 Weeks to 3 Months After quitting – 

Your risk of having a heart attack begins to drop.

Your lung function begins to improve.

1 to 9 Months After Quitting –

Your cough and shortness of breath decrease.

1 Year After Quitting –

Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.

5 to 15 Years After Quitting –

Your risk of having a stroke is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s.

Your risk of getting cancer of the mouth, throat, or esophagus is half of that of a smoker’s.

10 Years After Quitting – 

Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a smoker’s.

Your risk of getting bladder cancer is half that of a smoker’s.

Your risk of getting cervical cancer or cancer of the larynx, kidney or pancreas decreases.

15 Years After Quitting – 

Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a nonsmoker.

The American Lung Association says they got this information from the United States Department of Health and Human Services. While lowering these risks is important, not many people understand just how important they can be. There are tons of benefits to gain when it comes to quitting this horrible addiction. While curbing that nicotine fit isn’t going to be easy, it will be worth it. 

A mere 48 hours in and you will already be working to mend damaged nerves that were being hurt due to your smoking. According to Push Doctor after about 3-4 weeks your withdrawal should be over with and you should be getting back to a place in life where you can function a bit better. For more information on this topic please check out the video below.

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