Disclaimer: I’m not your mom. You already know smoking’s bad for you. If you haven’t started, don’t. It’s dumb, costs a ridiculous amount of money (especially long term - pack a day smokers can buy a new car, small home or pay their salaries for a year with the money they spend on cigarettes). Plus, you don’t really know the effects of the addiction on YOUR body until you try to quit… and by then you’re already ADDICTED. If you’re a smoker, consider quitting. This might help you decide to.
We already know what smoking can DO to the body. But what can quitting do?
What happens in the body when you QUIT smoking.
It takes 72 hours to deplete the body of nicotine. It will take another 7 days to rid the body of the 4,000 toxic chemicals that are in each cigarette.
Within 2-3 weeks: circulation and stamina improve. Lung capacity increases up to 30%.
1 month to 9 months: coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia regrow in the lungs increasing the ability to handle mucus and infections. The body’s overall energy increases.
1 year: Risk of heart disease decreases 90%. Heart will have returned to nearly normal condition.
10 to 15 years: Risk of lung, tongue and throat cancer will be roughly the same as if you had never smoked.
The sooner you quit smoking the better chance you have at extending your life; the body does have an amazing way of healing itself.
via Craig Nabat, smoking addiction specialist.