Ramona Smith NP Essentials

          Nurse Practitioner MSN, NP-C     

What happens when you quit smoking?

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What Happens To Your Body If You Quit Smoking Right Now

20 Minutes: Your heart rate drops.

12 Hours: The carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal.

48 Hours: All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.

72 Hours: Your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.

2 Weeks to 3 Months: Your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks. Your heart attack risk begins to drop.

1 to 9 Months: Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Your lung capacity improves by 10 percent, lowering your risk of lung infection.

1 Year: Your risk for heart disease is half that of someone who smokes.

5 Years: Your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who doesn't smoke.

10 Years: Your risk of dying from lung cancer is half that of a smoker's. Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases.

15 Years: Your risk of heart disease is now the same as someone who doesn't smoke.

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