Why Stop Smoking?
Within 20 minutes of the last cigarette:
Blood pressure adjusts to normal levels, pulse rate and body temperature adjust to normal levels
Carbon monoxide level drops to normal, oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
Significant reduction in chance of a heart attack
Nerve endings start to re grow, the ability to smell and taste improves.
Lung capacity begins to increase.
2 Weeks to 3 Months:
Circulation in the body improves, walking becomes easier, lung function increases up to 30%.
1 to 9 Months:
Incidence of coughing, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases. Cilia re grows in the lungs, increasing ability to handle mucous, clean the lungs and reduce infection.
Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack per day), decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people.
After 10 years, rate drops to 12 deaths per 100,000 or almost the rate of a person who never smoked.
Pre-cancerous cilia are replaced. Other cancers such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.
All of these benefits are lost if just one cigarette a day is smoked!