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This is what will happen if you start to quit smoking

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Smoking has a very wide adverse effect on our body, especially on lungs and respiratory tract. When a person inhales chemicals found in cigarette smoke, delicate lining of lungs becomes irritated and inflamed.

Smoker's lungs also experience increased mucus production and thickness. Because cilia function in clearing mucus more slowly than they are produced, mucus accumulates in airways, clogging them and can trigger coughing.

Although difficult to do, quitting smoking is the most appropriate and effective decision to prevent various diseases. For those of you who already have determination to quit smoking, you will generally feel certain effects right after you stop doing it.

What are effects after quitting smoking?

At first weeks after quitting smoking are usually the most difficult. It will take you about 8-12 weeks before being declared free of cigarette addiction and making peace with your new lifestyle as an ex-smoker.

As it turns out, your body will start repair process even just a few minutes after you quit smoking. The following is a time chronology of reactions that occur in body after last cigarette you smoked.

20 minutes

One of effects of smoking is blood pressure and increased heart rate due to content of cigarettes, especially nicotine, which poisons circulatory system. Effects of quitting smoking can be seen from first few minutes. Approximately 20 minutes after last cigarette, your heart rate will begin to decrease and stabilize to a normal level.

2 hours

Next benefit of quitting smoking is that tips of your fingers and toes will begin to feel warm due to gradually restoring peripheral blood circulation. However, during this period of time you will be vulnerable to nicotine withdrawal.

8-12 hours

Carbon monoxide if consumed in large quantities will replace oxygen to bind to red blood cells and cause various heart problems. During first 8 hours after you stop smoking, carbon monoxide levels in body begin to decrease and are replaced with oxygen.

24 hours

Chance of a heart attack in smokers group was higher when compared to the non-smoker group, which reached 70 percent.

Good news, next effect of quitting smoking is to reduce risk of a heart attack that has been haunting you. This happens after first 24 hours after you quit smoking. Smoker's lungs will also begin to slough off mucus and toxic substances that stick to your airways.

Also pay attention to withdrawal symptoms that usually appear in this phase. As your lungs start to improve, you may experience common cold symptoms (sore throat, cough, and other breathing problems).

48 hours

Nicotine causes chemical addiction so that it gives a signal to body to meet need for nicotine to a certain level. If this need is not met, cigarette addiction can lead to decreased sensory function, especially sense of smell and taste.

After 48 hours, effect after quitting smoking that occurs is that nerve endings will grow back so that two senses will work as usual.

3 days

At this stage, all remaining nicotine levels in your body will disappear completely. Bad news is that it is also in this phase that withdrawal symptoms are prone to arise and increase. You may experience nausea, cramping, and various emotional problems in addition to initial symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

Tensions and cravings slowly build up during this phase and can sometimes become unbearable. To fight addiction, reward or treat yourself to a personal record of current smoking-free accomplishments.

2-12 weeks

Overall, smoking affects your blood circulation, making any physical activity you perform strenuous and excruciating. As a result, your body's health declines.

After weeks of being free from nicotine, you can feel another smoking cessation effect, which is being free to do other physical routines without feeling sick and tired.

This energy recovery is caused by body's regenerative process starting to become active again. Your lung and breathing function will also begin to improve. Generally, withdrawal symptoms will begin to decrease when a person successfully reaches this phase.

3-9 months

Months after you quit smoking, effects on your health will be even more positive.

Coughing, wheezing, and difficulty breathing due to smoking that you have been complaining about will slowly disappear along with the regenerative process of your lungs. The withdrawal symptoms will completely disappear at this stage.

1 year

This phase is a very monumental stepping stone for you.

After one year completely quitting smoking, dangers of smoking, such as risk of heart disease (coronary heart and stroke) will decrease dramatically by up to 50% when compared to when you were still smoking.

As already mentioned, quitting smoking is the most effective way to reduce risk of various chronic diseases in future. Good effects of quitting smoking will wear off when you decide to smoke again.

Therefore, love your body and those closest to you by not getting close to these bad habits. I am also a former smoker who decided to quit smoking in 2018, now is my fourth year living my days without smoking.

I'm sure, if you have a strong stance you will definitely succeed in quitting smoking. Love your body by not smoking!

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3 months ago

Aku yo mbien perokok berat kang, sedino ki isok rong bungkus MLD sing isine 20batang. Wah wes pokoke koyok sepur Argo Lawu, haha.

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3 months ago

Wahahaha itungane 5 dino wes iso ngenteki sak slop kang nek isine sak slop iku 10 kotak. Tapi hebat sampean kang wes iso melupakan rokok.

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3 months ago

Yeah it is very nice that you explained about smoking and also tell about how can someone try to avoid it. Very nice article!

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3 months ago

As with any addiction, it isn't supposed to be easy, but at the end of the day, you have yourseld to thank for the benefits.

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3 months ago

Smokers are liable to die Young and yet, people still smoke. It's a captivity of the devil.

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3 months ago

They just fell into the pit of addiction, in fact they could still go out and quit smoking if he wanted to.

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3 months ago

Quitting in smoking is really hard,I always told my partner to quit but still on going.he said his body is like getting sick when he cannot take cigarettes.Aside from dangerous to our health,it is also a waste of money

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3 months ago

That's state of body when addicted to nicotine, actually if he can get past that phase, he has potential to leave cigarettes.

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3 months ago

I hope sir coz I always worried on him

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3 months ago

I even can't breathe when someone is smoking near me. Smoking doesn't only affect the smoker but also affects the health of those living by it.

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3 months ago

You're right, that's one of the reasons I chose to quit smoking. I don't want the people closest to me to get bad effects from cigarette smoke.

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3 months ago

Smoking is most difficult thing to quit because it has caffeine effect in blood which irritated badly when not intake. But a strong will power can made it possible.

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3 months ago

Strong desire and support from the closest people are very important when you want to quit smoking.

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3 months ago