Healing from the effects of smoking is possible, but it does take time.
The following is a guideline to give you an idea how your immune system kicks in to clear the effects of smoking from your system and promote healing.
We know it is wise to give your system additional nutritional support when smoking, but don’t forget that after you quit you want to support your body with nutrition to help support physical healing.
Effects of Quitting Smoking – After Eight Hours
- Carbon monoxide in your body drops.
- Oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.
Two days After Quitting Smoking
- Your sense of smell and taste will improve.
- You will enjoy the taste of your food more.
- Your risk of heart attack begins to decrease.
After Three of Four Days
- Bronchial tubes relax.
- Your lung capacity will have increased.
- Breathing becomes easier.
After Two Weeks of Not Smoking
- Blood flow improves; nicotine has passed from your body.
Two Weeks to Three Months After Quitting
- Circulation improves.
- Walking and running are easier.
- Lung functioning increases up to 30%.
Six to Nine Months After Stopping Smoking
- You’ll experience less coughing
- Less sinus congestion
- More energy (less tiredness and shortness of breath).
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- Your risk of heart disease will be about half of what it would have been if you continued to smoke!
Five Years After Stopping Smoking
- Your risk of stroke will be substantially reduced and you have a lot to look forward to. You are well into your recovery from the effects of tobacco addiction.
- Within 5 to 15 years after quitting, it becomes about the same as a non-smokers.
After Ten Years Free From Addiction
- Your risk of dying from lung cancer will be about half of what it would have been if you had continued to smoke.
- Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas will also decrease.
After Fifteen Years – Congratulations
- Your risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked.
Yes, it does take time, but where will you be in fifteen years if you don’t stop smoking now? You may be one of the lucky ones like George Burns, but what are the odds of that?