“Sooner or later, everyone stops smoking”

I am a nonsmoker…………always have been! But there are people in my life that are Smokers, ERICA, SUE, MARK…….. you know who you are. Here are some fact I learned this week in school.

“Fortunately, there’s more than one way to quit smoking. . . the catch is you must choose wisely to become smoke-free.”

– Arthur A. Hawkins II

Some of the benefits that individuals may experience when they stop smoking are many and can start in as little as twenty minutes.

Within twenty minutes of the last cigarette your body starts a series of changes that continues through the years of not smoking.

Smoking just one cigarette a day can reverse all that work and the process must star over again.

Within the first twenty minutes the blood pressure drops to normal, the pulse rate drops back to normal, and the body regulates the tempurature of the hands and feet back to normal.

Within the first eight hours the carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal and oxygen levels in the blood increases to a normal range.

Withing 24 hours your chance of heart attacks decrease.

Within forty-eight hours nerve endings start regrowing and the ability to smell and taste start to return.  

Withing 2 weeks to 3 months your circulation improves, walking becomes easier, and lung function increases up to 30%!

In the first month to nine months you will notice a decrease in coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath. You will also start an overall increase in your energy level.

In the first year you reduce your risk of coronary heart disease by half, compared to smokers!

After 5 years your risk of lung cancer is cut in half, based on a pack a day smokers.

After ten years your risk of lung cancer will be that of a nonsmokers. Your risk of other cancers like mouth, throat, esophagus, kidney, and pancreas cancer is decreased.

After 15 years your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker!

“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”  Brooke Shields


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