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Monday, June 22, 2009

Changes Your Body Goes Through When You Quit Smoking

Within 20 minutes of the last cigarette:· Blood pressure drops to normal· Pulse rate drops to normal· Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

8 Hours:· Carbon Monoxide level in blood drops to normal· Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

24 Hours:· Chances of a heart attack decreases

48 Hours:· Nerve endings start to re-grow

72 Hours:· Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier· Lung capacity increases

2 Weeks to 3 Months:· Circulation improves. Walking becomes easier· Lung function increases up to 30%

1 to 9 Months:· Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath is decreased· Cilia re-grows in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucous, clean the lungs, reduce infection· Body's overall energy level increases

5 Years:· Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000

10 Years:· Lung cancer death rate for average smoker drops to 12 deaths per 100,000. Almost the rate of non-smokers· Pre-cancerous cells are replaced with healthy cells· Other cancers - such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases. (There are 30 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer.)