Benefits of Quitting Smoking
After quitting smoking for:
- 20 minutes: Blood pressure and pulse decrease.
- 8 hours: Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood are halved, oxygen levels in the blood return to normal.
- 24 hours: Carbon monoxide is eliminated from the body and the lungs start to clear out the build up of tar.
- 72 hours: Breathing becomes easier, bronchial tubes begin to relax, energy levels increase.
- 2–12 weeks: Circulation improves, making walking and running a lot easier.
- 3–9 months: Coughing, wheezing and breathing problems improve as the lungs have room for up to 10% more oxygen.
- 1 year: Risk of heart attack is halved.
- 10 years: Risk of lung cancer is halved.
- 10 years: Risk of heart attack is at the same level as non-smokers.
- 10–15 years: Risks for diseases due to smoking decrease dramatically, almost to that of someone who never smoked.
Other Benefits to Quitting Smoking
- Smoke-free living will enhance your self-esteem. Knowing that you are taking care of your body instead of hurting it will help you feel a lot better about yourself.
- If you've turned to cigarettes to cope with stress or anxiety, learning new and healthier ways to cope with these issues will enhance and strengthen your mental and emotional health.
- You will feel more in control of your life — rather than cigarettes controlling you.
- According to the American Cancer Society, the average costs of smoking are estimated to be approximately $3,391 per smoker per year. The University of Maryland Medical Center provides a Cost of Smoking Calculator for you to estimate how much you spend on smoking. Don't forget to factor in smoking paraphernalia (lighters, etc.), your higher costs for health, life, and renter's insurance, cleaning bills, and lower resale value for your car. Ask yourself what you would rather do with that money and start making plans.