You gain many day-to-day quitting smoking benefits, some more immediate than others.
- Your breath smells better (no more partners kissing an ash tray)
- S tained teeth get whiter (don’t be afraid to show teeth when smiling anymore)
- Bad smelling clothes and hair go away (see the 3rd Hand Smoke blog post below)
- Your yellow fingers and fingernails disappear (The yellow, not the fingers of course!)
- Food tastes better (oh what culinary delights await!)
- Your sense of smell returns to normal (hey, those flowers do smell nice!)
- Everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath -such as climbing stairs or light housework (and the more you work at it, following our Guides‘ activities, the better it gets!)
- Improved financial situation (calculate how much you’ve spent on cigarettes over the years you’ve been smoking… enough said)
- Improved social acceptance (smoking is just NOT cool anymore – being healthy is!)
- Improved health of others around you (family and friends)
- 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
- 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting smoking: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
- 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
- 1 year after quitting cigarettes: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
- 5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
- 10 years after Smoking Cessation: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a person who continues smoking. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease, too.
- 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.
You should note that the time periods quoted above often have an upper and lower limit. The upper limit is the time it takes when a person has quit, but are not otherwise looking after themselves. THIS IS NOT YOU! The lower limit is for people like YOU, who are proactively looking to improve the time and chances of getting your health back as close to what it would be if you had never smoked. Your success in this effort of detoxifying your lungs is based on three things; the amount of damage you have done in the years you have smoked, the effort you put into following our Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series will speed up your recovery with a lung cleanse, and improve your chances, and other complicating conditions you might have.
In my next post, we’ll look at what you might have done to yourself, and trust me, it’s not pretty.
stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.