You know that smoking is bad for your health, but do you know what happens to your body when you leave? It’s getting better – from top to bottom, the lungs are on their feet.
Find out how in the slideshow below, showing information from the Tobacco Treatment Center of the Cleveland Clinic.
1. Healing begins
In 20 minutes after the last smoking your blood pressure and pulse are normalized.
2. Return to normal mode.
After 8 hours, the level of carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal level, and the oxygen level rises to normal.
3. Avoid the attack
In 24 hours your chances of a heart attack decrease.
4. Return your feelings
On the 48-hour mark, your sense of smell and taste is strengthened, and your nerve endings begin to grow.
5. Put your legs back
From 2 weeks to 3 months, walking is facilitated, blood circulation improves and lung function increases to 30%.
6. Live and breathe
After 1-9 months, the total energy of your body increases. Cough, sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease. Regeneration of the cilia in the lungs helps to clear them and reduce the likelihood of infection.
7. Save your heart
After 1 year, your excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
8. Reduce risk
After 5 years, the risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half the risk for the smoker. The risk of stroke is the same as that of a nonsmoker, and the death rate from lung cancer is almost half that of regular smokers (one pack a day).
9. Breathing is easier
After 10 years, the death rate from lung cancer is comparable to that of non-smokers. Precancerous cells are replaced, and the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas is reduced.
10. Turn the clock
Congratulations. 15 years after stopping smoking, your risk of heart disease will be the same as that of a non-smoker.