Whatever the number of years of smoking, your body has the ability to eliminate toxins that clog your organism, and it does that very quickly. Do you want to know what’s going on in your body, when you quit smoking? Read on, you’ll be surprised!
What happens to your health when you stop smoking?
- After 20 minutes, heart rate returns to normal rhythm
- After 2 hours, the oxygen in the blood returns to normal levels
- After 8 hours, the carbon monoxide in the blood (harmful to health) drops
- After 48 hours, the nicotine is eliminated from your body and the risk of myocardial infarction drops slightly
- It is well known that smoking alters the taste and smell; two days after you stop smoking, these senses will regain their sharpness
- After 72 hours, the tone increases, fatigue is eliminated, breathing is improved
- After 15 days, blood circulation in the body is generally improved
- In the coming months after cessation of smoking (three months), sputum and difficulty breathing will lessen
- In the following months, your lung capacity (volume of air in the lungs) increases by 10%
- After one year, the risk of heart attack decreases by half
- After 5 years, the probability of being hit by a stroke is the same as a nonsmoker
- After 15 years, the risk of a heart attack is the same as a nonsmoker
Another advantage when you stop smoking: the money!
Think of the savings you’ll have once you have stopped this bad habit! The money you spend to satisfy the need to smoke you can use to make other things, more rewarding, and not to enrich the tobacco industry.
A little history…
In recent years, with the increase of lung cancer-related deaths, governments multiply the anti-smoking campaigns. Recall that at the beginning, these are the same governments that encouraged people to smoke by distributing free tobacco to soldiers during the Great War!
In the US, during World War II, it was the US government that sent a convoy of truckloads of cigarettes to the soldiers. In that time the cigarette is a global fashion and even a symbol of emancipation.
Yet in the 1960s, the link between lung cancer and smoking is determined by the health authorities, which is begun to worry the health authorities.
In the early 1980s, governments found that all profits from taxes levied on tobacco went into medical treatments for cancerous diseased lung and other smoking-related diseases.
It was only at that time that the French government went to war with the tobacco industry to break its lobbying. Seita, the former French state owned tobacco monopoly, then enters a privatization process to avoid bankruptcy.
Therefore, additional taxes are imposed on manufacturers to discourage people from smoking!
Since then, numerous steps have been taken by the authorities to break the tobacco industry: smoking was banned in public places; pictures with diseases caused from smoking are printed on cigarette packs, etc. All means are good to try to quit smoking and thus reduce health costs related to diseases caused by smoking, including cancer.
The irony is that smoking also brings a lot of money to the government, which needs the money from taxes! Now you know what you have to do to not “finance” the system and maintain your health: STOP SMOKING!