I think one of the main reasons it’s so hard to quit smoking is because all the benefits of quitting and all the dangers of continuing seem very far away. Well, here’s a little timeline about some of the more immediate effects of quitting smoking and how that will affect your body RIGHT NOW.
So, you have more immediate things to look forward to if you quit now besides just freaking out about not being able to smoke.
- 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 three to nine 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.
Of course, I assume that this only applies if you don't already have emphysema or some other chronic condition related to prolonged cigarette use. Further and very vivid discussion on what a smoker can expect when they quit can be found here.
This material though leads me to wonder what the impact will be on non-smokers who are similarly less exposed to cigarette smoke.
Healthbolt.com Article: What Happens to Your body if you stop smoking Right now?
Wikipedia Article: Emphysema
Reddit Discussion Board: What Happens to Your body if you stop smoking Right now?