The benefits of not smoking
AS SOON as you stop smoking your body begins to repair itself. Listed are some of the stand-out benefits of being a non-smoker:
Within 6 hours:
Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure decreases.
Within a day:
Almost all nicotine is out of your bloodstream. The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped.
Within a week:
Your sense of taste and smell may improve. Your lung's natural cleaning system is starting to recover.
Within 2 months:
You're coughing and wheezing less. Your immune system is beginning its recovery.
Within 6 months:
Your lungs are working much better, producing less phlegm.
After 1 year:
Your lungs are now healthier and you'll be breathing easier.
Within 2 to 5 years:
There is a large drop in your risk of heart attack and stroke.
After 10 years:
Your risk of lung cancer is lower than that of a continuing smoker.
After 15 years:
Your risk of heart attack and stroke is close to a person who has never smoked.