Smoking isn’t good for you – we all know that. But some people still struggle to put the devastating and sometimes fatal effects of smoking into proper perspective. It can be difficult to comprehend just how much your health, body and mind are boosted by quitting cigarettes, especially when you’re still addicted. Sometimes, all we need is that extra push towards the facts to put into reality just how important stopping smoking really is. With that in mind, we’ve created a quitting timeline to get you to grips with all the positive things that happen to your body when you stop smoking.
15 minutes – Yes, it really does take only 15 minutes before stopping has an effect on your body. After around a quarter of an hour, your blood pressure and general pulse will begin to return to a normal, functioning speed.
9 hours – Once your full working day is out of the way without taking a single cigarette break, your carbon monoxide levels in your bloodstream should reduce to a huge degree. It doesn’t stop there either – the amount of oxygen in your blood will also start to reach a normal level. If you find yourself craving a smoke break at work, always make sure to bring your vape kit and vape juice prepared and ready.
3 days – Whether you’ve been smoking for ten years or ten months, cigarettes can have an awful impact on the quality of your taste and smell. In fact, if you’ve been smoking for years, it’s entirely possible that you may not have even noticed how bad those senses have become! Thankfully, just a few days after you quit smoking, your taste and smell should start to get back to their best. Why not treat yourself to a takeaway?
5 days – As you can tell, you’re body’s going through a lot of positive changes after just a week of zero tobacco. Well- it’s time to take a big, deep breath, as your ability to inhale should start to become even easier from here on out. The reason for this change is mainly because the bronchial tubes within your lungs start to relax.
A couple of weeks – Well done! Two weeks is no mean feat in the world of quitting and you’ve just made some significant steps in the right direction. While on the outside two weeks may seem like a small amount of time, for somebody looking to quit it can feel like a lifetime. Even so, your reward for getting this far is that those horrible cravings will start to disappear.
4 months – After a few months of staying away from the death sticks, the circulation in your body should start to return to a normal level, along with potentially zero cravings. The best part? Your smoker’s cough should be on its way out too.
1 year – Wow – a one year anniversary should never be overlooked, especially on a quitting journey. Make sure you go out and celebrate this huge milestone and allow it to sink in. The bonus is that your chances of getting heart disease have been reduced by a massive 50%.
While a lot can happen in a year, it doesn’t stop there. After a decade your risk of getting lung cancer is cut in half. After 15 years, the clock will finally reset and the health risks that came with smoking will have finally disappeared.