This happens after 20 minutes with your body since the smoke stop

What happens 20 minutes to 15 years after the last cigarette

Tobacco addiction kills thousands of people every year. Every 7th German dies of the effects of nicotine addiction. Premature death can be avoided if a smoke shield is inserted. At age 25 or 70: If you quit smoking, you will get the first recovery effects within 20 minutes. What happens in our body when we become non-smokers is shown in this article.

Smoking has innumerable negative effects on the body and mind. This is a major risk factor for cancer and heart disease, stroke, smoker's cough or leg smoking. To succeed in quitting in the long term, it is necessary above all a firm and constant will. Cancer Society's "American Cancer Society" provides information on what's going on in the body after smoking the last cigarette and explains why it's helpful to smoke at any age.

So, our body recovers from the constant smoke of tobacco

The following list shows how our body is gradually returning to its normal state. Stop it worth it:

  • 20 minutes after quitting: Heart rate and blood pressure return to normal. Blood circulation improves.
  • 12 hours later: The carbon monoxide content in the blood decreases and the oxygen content increases.
  • After 24 hours: The risk of having a heart attack starts to decrease.
  • Two days after stopping: The smell and taste improve. The scents smell more intense and the food tastes better.
  • Two weeks to three months after: Circulation is again more resilient and lung function increases.
  • One to nine months after stopping: Cough and shortness of breath decrease. The paranasal sinuses become more free. The eyelashes in the lungs resume their work and begin to transport mucus from the lungs. The risk of infectious diseases is decreasing.
  • One year without smoking: The risk of developing coronary artery disease is only half that of a smoker. The risk of having a heart attack also decreases considerably.
  • Five years later: The risk of cancer in the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder has been reduced by half. The risk of cervical cancer is now comparable to that of non-smokers. The risk of stroke also decreases at the level of non-smokers.
  • Ten years after having stopped: The risk of death from lung cancer is only half of what it was at the beginning of smoking cessation. In addition, the risk of developing cancer of the larynx and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 years smoke free: The probability of developing coronary artery disease is the same as for non-smokers for life.

Other general benefits

According to the American Cancer Society, smoking cessation has other benefits:

  • diabetesAfter quitting smoking, the blood vessels begin to work better. It helps the heart and lungs and reduces the risk of developing diabetes.
  • life expectancySmokers live ten years less than non-smokers on average. Those who stop smoking before the age of 40 reduce their risk of 90% of prematurely dying from diseases caused by smoking.
  • It's never too lateAlthough it is best to stop as soon as possible, giving up at any age can bring back years of life lost.

Immediate effects after a few days

Besides the health benefits, after the last cigarette in a short time, other benefits make everyday life more enjoyable:

  • You save money: who smokes four boxes a week, saves more than 1200 euros a year.
  • The food tastes better.
  • Your sense of smell improves.
  • Breath, hair and clothes smell better.
  • Teeth and nails stop yellowing.
  • Daily activities such as climbing stairs or doing housework do not lead to shortness of breath so quickly.
  • Premature wrinkles and other negative effects on appearance are reduced.

Help at the stop

There are so many reasons to stop smoking immediately. About one in two smokers would like to quit smoking – this is how smoking is successful: you will find help in the article "Quit Smoking". (Vb)

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