a Smoker Quits...
- blood pressure
and pulse drops to normal
- body temperature of
hands and feet increases to normal
- blood carbon monoxide level drops to normal
oxygen level increases to normal
- chance of heart attack decreases
- nerve endings start regrowing
to smell and taste enhanced
2 weeks to
- circulation improves
- walking becomes
- lung function increases up to 30%
to 9 months
- coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue,
shortness of breath decrease
- cilia regrow in
lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean lungs,
- body's overall energy increases
- excess risk of coronary heart disease is half
that of a smoker
- lung cancer
death rate for average former smoker decreased by almost
- stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker
5-15 years after quitting
- risk of cancer of
the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker
- lung cancer death rate similar to that of
- precancerous cells are replaced
of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder,
kidney, and pancreas decrease
- risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker
American Cancer Society,
American Lung Association,
Centers for Disease
Place a straw in your mouth.
your nose shut.
Try this while walking....
is how it feels to breathe with emphysema.
about it the next time you light up!!