What Happens when you Quit Smoking?

A Timeline Of How Your Body Heals

We know smoking is bad for you and its an addiction. Sometimes we need to reinforce some of the positive changes that will occur if you decide to opt not to smoke.

Here’s what happens to your body shortly after you stop smoking.

  • Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.
  • 20 Minutes After Quitting Your heart rate drops.
  • 12 hours After Quitting Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting Your heart attack risk begins to drop. Your lung function begins to improve.
  • 1 to 9 Months After Quitting Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease as cilia in your lungs regrows meaning you clear mucus and less chest infections
  • 1 Year After Quitting Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 Years After Quitting Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s 5-15 years after quitting.
  • 10 Years After Quitting Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 Years After Quitting Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s.

If you’re ready to quit, speak with your Doctor.

ps – quitting smoking will do wonders for your skin!

We have a number of ways to help you get your health back on track. Give Taylor Clinic a call to make a private consultation with me so we can chat about your options on 1300 003 223


Stay Healthy Folks!

Dr Suzie x


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