The fact remains that by smoking you increase your risk of getting lung cancer, as well as a number of other serious diseases including chronic bronchitis and heart disease.
But there is good news. If you stop now, you will start to see the health benefits straightaway. As your body starts to eliminate the nicotine, your breathing will improve, you’ll be able to exercise more easily and your heart rate will start to return to normal.
In fact, it doesn’t matter what age you are, when you stop smoking you will be improving your life expectancy. Within just 20 minutes of stopping your blood pressure and pulse will return to normal.
The timeline below will give you an idea of the health benefits once you stop smoking.
- 48 hours – You will notice that both your sense of smell and taste improve as your body rids itself of the nicotine
- 72 hours – breathing will become much easier and you will notice improved levels of energy
- 3-9 months – Any problems you had with coughing and wheezing will start to decrease
- One year – Your risk of a heart attack will fall to about half that of a smoker
- 10 years – Your risk of lung cancer will fall to about half that of a smoker