Millions of people around the world try to quit smoking each year but unfortunately, only 2.5% of the attempts are successful. Here is a brief timeline of the positive effects of giving up that harmful habit.
The smoker’s blood pressure returns to its normal level just twenty minutes after smoking his or her last cigarette. If a smoker refrains from smoking for just eight hours, the levels of carbon monoxide in his/her blood decrease by half, and the level of oxygen returns to normal. Three days after cutting out the habit, the smoker’s bronchial tubes relax, and the energy level inside the organism increases. Added a bit more will, and you are a two weeks young ex-smoker. At this stage, you blood circulation increases and keeps improving over the next two or three months.
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At the start of the third month, wheezing and breathing problems begin to dissipate. By month nine of your smoke-free life, your lung capacity is improved by ten percent. In five years, an ex-smoker’s risk of suffering apoplexy returns to that of a non-smoker. Then in fifteen years, the same happens with the risk of heart attack.
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However, quitting smoking may have some negative side effects – especially in the first few days after you bid farewell to cigarettes. Due to the sudden drop in blood sugar level, participants in quit smoking programs may report symptoms such as dizziness, concentration lapse, nausea, and light-headedness.….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE