New Delhi: Quitting smoking is one of the most important actions people can take to improve their health. It’s never too late to quit smoking or using tobacco. The sooner you quit, the more you can reduce your chances of getting cancer and other diseases.
20 minutes after you quit, your:
- Blood pressure drops to normal.
- Pulse rate drops to normal.
- Body temperature of hands and feet returns to normal.
Eight hours after you quit, the:
- Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
- The oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.
24 hours after you quit, your chance of heart attack decreases.
48 hours after you quit, your:
- Nerve endings start re-growing.
- The ability to smell and taste is enhanced.
Between two to 12 weeks after you quit:
- Your circulation improves.
- Walking becomes easier.
- Your lung function increases up to 30%.
Between one to nine months after you quit:
- Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
- Cilia regrow in your lungs, increasing your ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
- Your body’s overall energy level increases.
One year after you quit, your excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.
10 years after you quit, your:
- The risk of lung cancer death decreases by almost half for former one-pack-per-day smokers.
- Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker.
- The risk of cancer to the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker.
15 years after you quit, your:
- The lung cancer rate is similar to non-smokers.
- Precancerous cells are replaced.
- The risk of cancer to the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
- The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.