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Timeline For The Benefits Of Quitting Smoking Cigarettes

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Most people want to quit smoking, but unfortunately it’s not easy. One way to help you to focus on your goal is to read about the short-term and long-term benefits from the moment you smoke your last cigarette.

The First 20 Minutes- Within the first twenty minutes of quitting, your pulse, blood pressure, and body temperature will reach normal levels.

8 Hours- At this mark, 93.75% of the nicotine in your bloodstream from your last cigarette has been reduced.

12 Hours- Your carbon monoxide and blood oxygen levels will be normal.

24 Hours- Anxiety has increased, but within two weeks of abstaining from cigarettes, the levels should return to normal.

48 Hours- An increase in irritability will occur, but the sense of smell and taste should start returning to normal levels.

72 Hours- Your body should be 100 percent nicotine free at the 72 hour mark. Nicotine withdrawal will cause restlessness and irritability, but your lungs will be on the way to recovery, allowing you to breathe easier.

5 to 8 Days- It’s common for ex-smokers to experience three crave episodes a day, but each episode should only last a few minutes.

10 Days- The amount of crave episodes should be down to two per day.

10 to 14 Days- Addiction has decreased significantly. Many areas of your body have returned to what they were before you picked up the habit of smoking.

14 days to 4 Weeks- Irritability, restlessness, and anxiety due to withdrawal should be gone.

1 Year from Quitting- The risk of a heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease has now dropped to half of that of a non-smoker.

5 Years- For a female, the risk of being diagnosed with diabetes is now the same as a non-smoker.

5 to 15 Years- The risk of a stroke in no the same as a non-smoker.

10 Years- The risk of lung cancer is now between 30 to 50% of that of a smoker.

15 Years- Coronary heart disease and pancreatic cancer risks are now the same as a non-smoker.

20 Years- Diseases and conditions related to smoking are now that of a non-smoker.

As you can see, from the moment you extinguish that last cigarette your body will be repairing itself. Do your best, and read stop smoking tips to help you reach your goal.

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