29th September is World Heart Day
Still smoking? In this day and age. Maybe understanding how your body starts to recover after you quit smoking will help you kick the butt.
1. There are immediate and long-term health benefits of quitting for all smokers.
Here are some things that take place in your body as soon as you quit smoking:
Within 20 minutes – Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours - The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2-12 weeks – Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
1-9 months - Coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
1 year - Your risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of a smoker.
5 years - Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker’s, 5 to 15 years after quitting.
10 years - Your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker and your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decreases.
15 years - The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
2. People of all ages who have already developed smoking-related health problems can still benefit from quitting
Here are some things that happen in a smoker’s body compared to those who continue:
At about 30: Gain almost 10 years of life expectancy
At about 40: Gain 9 years of life expectancy
At about 50: Gain 6 years of life expectancy
At about 60: Gain 3 years of life expectancy
Also people who quit smoking after having a heart attack reduce their chances of having another one by 50%.
3. Quitting smoking decreases the excess risk of many diseases related to second-hand smoke in children, such as respiratory diseases (e.g., asthma) and ear infections.
4. Quitting smoking reduces the chances of impotence, having difficulty getting pregnant, having premature births, babies with low birth weights and miscarriage.
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Content Courtesy: WHO