10 May Top Benefits of Smoke-Free Living
After one month of living smoke-free:
You will be able to perform activities with less shortness of breath.
Your clothes, your body, your car and your home will smell better.
Your sense of taste and smell will return to normal.
The stains on your teeth and fingernails will start to fade.
This is how the body starts to recover when you quit smoking:
In the first 20 minutes after quitting: your blood pressure and heart rate recover from the cigarette-induced spike.
After 12 hours of smoke-free living: the carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal.
After 2 weeks to 3 months of smoke-free living: your circulation and lung function begin to improve.
After one to nine months of smoke-free living: clear and deeper breathing gradually returns; you regain the ability to cough productively instead of hacking, which cleans your lungs and reduce your risk of infection.
After one year of smoke-free living: your risk of artery disease is half that of a smoker’s risk.
After five years of smoke-free living: damage to your arteries is repaired, which reduces your stroke risk significantly.
After 10 years of smoke-free living, your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a person who has continued to smoke. The risk of other cancers, such as throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder, cervix and pancreas decreases, too.
After 15 years of smoke-free living: Your risks for heart disease are about equal to those of a non-smoker!
You must WANT to quit smoking. There are several options to HELP you quit smoking and they include:
Nicotine replacement with patches, gum and lozenges, spray or inhalers
Non-nicotine prescription medications
E-cigs' success in helping smokers quit is debatable
Since 1965, more than 45 percent of adults who have ever smoked have quit. You can be one of the millions of people who successfully quit every year.