What Happens With Your Body When You Quit Smoking?

by Steven | March 22, 2016 10:47 am

This is an article for the people who want to know what happens to your body when you quit smoking. It applies only to people who quit smoking suddenly and are not using any aids.

The article will not only show you what happens; it will also show you how wonderful your body is and how quickly it can recover.

Below is the timetable of events to follow after You quit smoking:
20 minutes

In the first 20 minutes after You quit smoking your pulse, blood pressure[1] and the temperature of your hands and feet will return to normal.

8 hours

Nicotine level in your bloodstream will fall to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, which a 93.75% reduction.

12 hours

Blood oxygen level will increase to normal and carbon monoxide levels will drop to normal.

24 hours

You will start feeling anxiety which will return to pre-cessation levels in 2 weeks after quitting smoking

48 hours

Damaged nerve endings will start to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Anger and irritability will peak.

72 hours

Your body will be 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites should’ve left your body via urine.  Symptoms of chemical withdrawal should peak in intensity, including restlessness. The number of crave episodes experienced during any quitting day should have peaked for the “average” ex-smoker. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing should be easier and your lung’s functional abilities will start to increase.

5 to 8 days

Average crave episodes should be 3 per day, each of them less than 3 minutes. These episodes will be tough and minutes might look like hours.

10 days

Average crave episodes should be 2 per day, each of them less than 3 minutes.

10 to 14 days

At this point after You quit smoking, recovery should have progressed to the point where your addiction and craving has decreased substantially. Blood circulation in your gums and teeth should be similar to that of a non-user.

2 to 4 weeks

Anxiety, anger, impatience, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, restlessness and depression should have ended. If you are still experiencing any of those symptoms, You should see a physician.

21 days

The number of acetylcholine receptors, which were up-regulated in response to nicotine’s presence in the frontal, parietal, temporal, occipital, basal ganglia, thalamus, brain stem, and cerebellum regions of the brain, have now substantially down-regulated, and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers.

2 weeks to 3 months

Heart attack risk starts declining and lung functioning is improving.

3 weeks to 3 months

Your circulation will substantially improve. Walking will become much easier. The chronic cough should have disappeared by now. If not, see a doctor because a chronic cough can be a sign of lung cancer.

8 weeks

Insulin resistance in smokers will has normalize despite average weight gain of 7 pounds.

1 to 9 months

Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath will decrease. Cilia will regrow in your lungs, thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean and reduce infections. Your body’s overall energy will increase.

1 year

Risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke will drop to less than half that of a smoker one year after You quit smoking.

5 years

Your risk of a subarachnoid haemorrhage should have has declined to 59% of your risk while still smoking. If you are a female ex-smoker, your risk of developing diabetes should be as that of a non-smoker.

5 to 15 years

Risk of stroke will be the same as of a non-smoker.

10 years

Risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer is between 30% and 50% of that for a continuing smoker. The risk of lung cancer should have declined by almost half if you were an average smoker.  Developing diabetes for both men and women is now similar to that of a never-smoker.

13 years

After  13 years of not smoking, your risk of smoking induced tooth loss[2] should decline to that of a never-smoker.

After 15 years

Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as of a non-smoker. Your risk of pancreatic cancer should have declined to that of a never-smoker.

After 20 years

The Female excess risk of death from all smoking related causes, including lung disease and cancer, should reduce to that of a never-smoker. The risk of pancreatic cancer should decline to that of a never-smoker.

Seeing these timetable proves that our body does wonders. Smoking takes a toll on your health[3], but your body can recuperate even after You quit this devastating habit.

Endnotes:
  1. blood pressure: http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/HighBloodPressure/PreventionTreatmentofHighBloodPressure/Tobacco-and-Blood-Pressure_UCM_301886_Article.jsp
  2. tooth loss: https://www.deltadentalins.com/oral_health/teethinpack.html
  3. Smoking takes a toll on your health: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_effects_of_tobacco

Source URL: http://healthadore.com/what-happens-when-you-quit-smoking/