Summary: Better Health Starts After the Last Cigarette
After the last cigarette, the road to better health starts within minutes and continues for years. Here are the changes your body experiences along that journey.
Blood pressure, pulse rate and body temperature all drop to normal levels
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
"Smoker's breath" disappears
Chances of a heart attack decreases
Nerve endings start to regrow
Within 3 Months
Walking becomes easier
Lung capacity increases and lung function improves
Within 9 Months
Coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath decrease
Excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker
From 5-15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who never smoked
Risk at developing mouth, throat, esophageal cancer is half that of a smoker
Risk of cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
Risk of ulcer decreases
Lung cancer death rate similar to nonsmoker
Risk of coronary heart disease and death returns to nearly same level of people who never smoked
Congratulations for taking steps to improve your health!
DISCLAIMER: If you have other health conditions, your results may differ.
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