When you quit smoking, your body starts to improve itself almost immediately. Some of these changes are noticeable right away, while others take months or years to fully reveal themselves. This makes it so that you get ongoing benefits rather than one big change. Here are some of the key things you can expect to happen and when:
Beneficial changes right away would happen?
Within Hours: Your heart rate and blood pressure will return to almost normal. Alas, you'll also start to experience withdrawal symptoms, so you might not notice the benefits just yet.
Eight Hours Later: Your body will have cleared itself of most of its nicotine load.
After One Day: You'll be having a raging nicotine fit, but stick to your quit - the worst is almost behind you.
After Three Days: Your bronchial tubes will have started to relax, making breathing easier. By now, your body is also clear of nicotine and its metabolites. You'll probably feel restless and still want a cigarette, but don't give in.
Two Weeks to Three Months Later: Your heart attack risk is dropping and your lung function is improving.
A Year Later: Your risk of major smoking-related illness, such as heart disease and stroke, has dropped to less than half of that of an active smoker.
Twenty Years Later: The risks of smoking-related disease in females has dropped to that of people who have never smoked. Men also enjoy substantial risk reduction.
The hardest part of quitting smoking is dealing with the withdrawal symptoms, which can be very strong. One great way to combat them is to join an excellent program that will help you through the tough times and keep your morale strong. Our program, the QSN Stop Smoking Program, has had excellent results. To learn more about it, just contact us.
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