The body of a smoker starts working differently right after he or she finishes the last cigarette. Here is the number of physiological changes that you undergo when you finally decide to quit poisoning your body.
20 MINUTES: blood circulation recovery
Changes for better begin to happen 20 minutes after you’ve stopped smoking. Precisely, the blood circulation improves and the sensitivity of fingers and toes increases.
8 HOURS: the carbon monoxide output
8 hours later the level of carbon monoxide in your blood decreases, and this means the normalization of oxygen level.
2 DAYS: nicotine withdrawal
2 days without smoking cleans your body from nicotine, those tiny poisoning crystals that evoke the desire to have a smoke. Unfortunately, when all the nicotine is out of your blood, longing for the substance becomes stronger than ever.
2 DAYS (again): the sense of taste goes back to normal
2 days without smoking cleans your body from nicotine, those tiny poisoning crystals that evoke the desire to have a smoke. Unfortunately, when all the nicotine is out of your blood, longing for the substance becomes stronger than everWithin 2 non-smoking days your taste receptors return to normal functioning again. This means you start not only distinguishing food flavors better, but also reducing the amount of salt and spices in your meals, which is also a healthy benefit.
2 DAYS (once more): sharpening of smell
You start sensing odors way better, and now the idea of just smelling a flower can lift you up!You start sensing odors way better, and now the idea of just smelling a flower can lift you up!
3 DAYS: respirogenesis
In 3 days the ciliated epithelium in your lungs is being restored, and the mere process of breathing gets easier! Smoking destroys microscopic cilia, which is cleansing the respiratory tract. Fortunately, these cilia can be restored.
1 WEEK: lowering of blood pressure
The normalization of blood pressure reduces the risk of stroke, cardiovascular diseases, cardiac and renal failure, and angina.
2 WEEKS: cough relief
Cough gets easier only 2 weeks after you’ve quit smoking, since your lungs need some time to get rid of all that noxious substances you’ve ‘gifted’ them with.
2 WEEKS (again): blood circulation recovery and quality of sexual life improvement
By the end of this period the better blood circulation results into the limbs sensitivity intensification, which improves male sexual activity.
3 MONTHS: healthy skin
3 months after quitting your skin tone gets even. Nicotine restrains blood flow to the upper layers of skin making it pale and dry, and contributing to its peeling. Nicotine also stimulates the appearance of wrinkles blocking the production of collagen.
1 YEAR: teeth look whiter
If you don’t light a cigarette in a year, you get rid of the most obvious traits of a smoker. Tobacco hue on fingers and plaque on teeth begin to fade. Also, the blood circulation in the gums returns to normal.
15 YEARS: the risk of cancer lowers to the level of a regular non-smoking person
Over the years, the degree of vulnerability to various diseases is also reduced. So, after five years without smoking stroke risk factors return to normal, and after 15 years the risk of cancer in former smokers becomes the same as that of a non-smoker.