Despite statistics from the last few years showing 1.1 billion people worldwide still smoke, it's not to say many people haven't successfully quit. Here in Australia, things are quite different with numbers showing rapid decline in smoking, halving since 1980. If you're one of those people who've managed to stop smoking as a New Year resolution, you can join a club that isn't so rare any more.
If not, we invite you to download our checklist to see if you're ready to quit smoking.
Then again, you might still smoke and plan to try to quit this year. The incentives to are far greater than you may know at the moment. While everyone has different compelling reasons for quitting, one of the greatest is in improving your health.
Once you see a timeline of what changes occur in your body and mindset after quitting, you'll likely wonder why you didn't quit years earlier.
Here's the details on what happens when you quit smoking to give you some inspiration now so you don't fall back on old habits.
What Happens in the First Day You Quit?
If you think you won't notice any difference the first day you quit, think again. You'll discover some immediate physical differences within 24 hours after throwing away those cigarettes. Some signs are more internal and can show proof through a few simple medical tests.
One sign you'll notice on your body is your fingertips become warmer and your hands becoming steadier. This is a direct result of improving the circulation in your body. By reducing the carbon monoxide in your blood, you're already improving oxygen to your heart and muscles for an immediate effect.
Through careful monitoring on your own or through a doctor, you'll also notice your heart rate slowing down. Even more importantly, your blood pressure drops to more normal levels, removing heart attack or stroke risks.
Blood pressure and heart stabilisation occur within just six hours after giving up smoking.
What Happens in the First Week?
At this point, you'll truly start to notice physical improvements. Tastes and smells become more acute, including being able to breathe better. In the latter case, you're naturally restoring the cleansing system in your lungs.
On an internal level, you'll start to restore antioxidants in your body if you're one to eat right. It's important to maintain a healthy diet after you stop smoking so you can gain the benefits of restoring your health to an optimum level long-term.
What Happens Several Months Down the Road?
To see the most significant changes, you'll have to wait at least three months. Not that you might not see some of these results sooner depending on your overall health level.
A definite advantage is you won't cough or wheeze as much as you used to. During cold and flu season, you'll be less apt to catch a virus because your immune system is going to improve exponentially.
Keep in mind you're reducing stress as well by giving up smoking. Since heart disease from stress is our #1 killer, you don't want anything that could shorten your life in an instant. Not fretting over having a smoke removes a needless layer of stress during the day.
A Year or More Later
After a year, you'll have repaired your lungs enough to breathe stronger, especially if you start going for jogs every morning. Heart attack and stroke risk diminishes considerably by this time, and continues to each ensuing year.
Once you reach a decade or more without smoking relapses, you'll have lowered your risk for lung cancer to a level had you never smoked at all. Seeing this outlook should become a main incentive for staying healthy to see your children or grandchildren when you're old.
Contact us at Quit Stop Now to use our program to finally quit smoking for a healthier future. We invite you to download our checklist to see if you're ready to quit smoking.