It is an indisputable fact that smoking is a bad habit. Specifically, cigarette smoke possesses poisonous chemicals that are dangerous to the smoker and everyone around them. Despite negative effects that smoking brings to your body, a large number of smokers find hard to quit smoking, since they actually place their enjoyment before their health.
In some cases, smokers are not aware of all the negative effects (including increased risk of many serious diseases) that can be caused by this bad habit.
Did you know that smoking has a negative impact on each body organ? Smoking has been found to be the main culprit of 87% of all deaths triggered by lung cancer. That’s not all, it can also lead to many other health problems and various cancer types. Smoking can increase your risk of lung disease, heart disease, blood vessel disorders, stroke, cataracts, and more.
In addition, those who had quit smoking say that it was the best thing they did about their health.
After they had given up smoking, there was a significant decrease in their heart rate and blood pressure levels. Moreover, they also stopped coughing.
Here Are Several Important Facts about Giving up Smoking:
Keep in mind that smoking comes with short-term and long-term effects on your health.
Here is what actually happens to your body when you quit smoking:
- Your blood pressure levels will start normalizing about 20 minutes after your last cigarette.
- The amount of carbon monoxide in your blood will be decreased by up to 50% as well as the level of oxygen will be normalized about 8 hours after your last cigarette.
- You will have a lower risk of experiencing a heart attack 2 days after your last cigarette. Moreover, your sense of smell and taste will return to their normal levels.
- After 3 days, your respiratory system will start operating better and your energy levels will be significantly increased.
- After 14 days, your blood circulation will be greatly enhanced.
- After 3-9 months, coughing, breathing problems, and any other respiratory-related issue will be greatly decreased. What’s more, your lung capacity will be elevated by a whopping 10%.
- After 1 year, you will have a 50% lower risk of experiencing a heart attack.
- After 5 years, your risk of a heart attack will return at the same level as for those who have never smoked.
- After 10 years, your risk of lung cancer will also return at the same level as for non-smokers.
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