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Health Benefits of Quitting Smoking

    As soon as you quit smoking, body begins to repair itself. Typical benefits of quitting are as follows:

    Within 6 Hours:

    Heart rate slows and the blood pressure becomes more stable.

    Within a Day:

    • Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.
    • The level of carbon monoxide in the blood has been dropped and the oxygen can be more easily will reach into the heart and muscles.
    • Fingertips become warmer and the hands will be steadier.

    Within a Week:

    • Sense of taste and smell may improve.
    • After quitting smoking, lungs gets natural cleaning system that started to recover, for becoming better at removing mucus, tar and dust from lungs (exercise helps to clear out the lungs).
    • Higher blood levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C.

    Within 3 Months:

    • After 3 months coughing and wheezing is less.
    • The immune system is beginning its recovery so the body will be better at fighting off infection.
    • Blood will be less thick and sticky and blood flow into the hands and feet has improved.

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    Within 6 Months:

    • After 6 months they are less likely to be coughing up phlegm.
    • After 6 months they likely to feel less stressed than when they were smoking in the past.

    After 1 year:

    • After 1 year lungs are now healthier and you will be breathing easier than if you’d kept smoking.

    Within 2 to 5 years:

    • There is a large drop in your risk of heart attack and stroke and this risk will continue to gradually decrease over time.
    • For women, within five years, the risk of cervical cancer is the same as someone who has never smoked.

    After 10 Years:

    • After 10 years the risk of lung cancer will be lower than that of a continuing smoker (provided the disease was not already present when you quit).

    After 15 Years:

    • Risk of heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked.
    • How fast and how well the body recovers and it depends on the number of cigarettes normally they smoke and how long they have been smoking, and also have a smoking-related disease.