Friday, January 21, 2011

What Happens if You Quit Smoking Right Now

This is not about food and nutrition but rather about health in general. Adapting a balanced diet is crucial, yes, but having an over all healthy lifestyle is what matters most. Now one of the main reasons it’s so hard to quit smoking is because all the benefits of quitting & all the dangers of continuing seem all very far away.

Well, here’s a little time line 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 3 to 9 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. Quit now!

Courtesy of Global One .


  1. And when exactly do wrinkles fade away? Or is that somethng you're stuck with for life? ;/

  2. mmmm hehe well yea wrinkles are something you are stuck with,especially smokers' lines around the mouth, cheeks and jaw though your skin and pores could become fresher after you quit smoking because you'll decrease your exposure to toxins and free radicals ;)

  3. Those factors will definitely happen if you quit smoking right now. Thanks a lot for sharing that information.