We all want to quit cigarettes and that to be the quit the one that lasts us a lifetime. Every smoker is looking for permanent freedom from nicotine addiction when we stub out the last cigarette, marking the beginning of the smoking cessation.
We all are aware of the fact that if we stop smoking there are plenty of health benefits.
Within 20 minutes after you stop smoking, your pulse and blood pressure start to drop back to normal. And your hands and feet warm up to their usual temperature.
By the end of a workday, you have half the amount of nicotine and carbon monoxide in your blood. Why does that matter? Carbon monoxide is a chemical in cigarettes, and it crowds out oxygen in your blood. That causes problems from your muscles to your brain because they don’t get the oxygen they need.
This makes it even harder to resist cigarettes.
Halfway through your day without a cigarette, your heart could breathe properly.
Within 48 hours, by this time my sense to taste and smell sharpened.
By the end of day 3, you breathe easier and have more energy. Your lungs start to recover and will keep getting better.
2 Weeks - 3 Months
During this time, you make huge strides. You can do more because your lungs are stronger and clearer, and your blood flow has improved. You can exercise without getting as winded. And your risk of a heart attack goes down even more. You’ve also made it through the hardest part of withdrawal.
Even so, you’ll probably still get cravings. Everyone has different triggers for wanting to smoke. You can’t stop all of them, but you can stick to your plan. Ask for help if you need it. Think about the money you’re saving. Or try 10 deep breaths, nice and slow.
At this point, you can take deeper, clearer breaths. Instead of hacking, you cough in a helpful way that actually clears things out. That helps you get fewer colds and other illnesses. You’ll also have more energy.
At the end of year 1, treat yourself. You’ve reached a milestone. And your risk of heart disease is now half of what it was a year ago.