Michel Cymes lists the improvements when you quit smoking

There are many reasons to quit smoking, but they are not always enough to convince smokers. However, the benefits are immediate. If you quit smoking just 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure will return to normal. After eight hours, the amount of nicotine in your blood drops by half. And after 24 hours, your whole body is cleared of carbon monoxide.

Since the first day without a cigaretteyour body is already feeling better, and after two or three days you will probably have the impression of having a safer taste and smell and you will find that you breathe more easily. These effects are seen in the short term. In the longer term, a lot of things change.

Do you cough regularly? Are you feeling tired? Do you get out of breath at the slightest effort? The cigarette is necessarily responsible. If you stop, in a few months all these unpleasant things will be nothing but bad memories. Your loved ones will notice that your voice has changed, that it will have cleared up.

After one year, five years and ten years?

After a year of weaning, an anniversary that you have to celebrate, we get into the hard part about the benefits. The risk of heart disease is reduced by half. For certain female cancers such as that of the uterus, the increased risk in the event of smoking becomes again what it is for a person who has never smoked.

Then comes only more good news. Five years after you put out your last cigarette, your risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat or esophagus is twice as low. A whole bunch of other risks decrease, such as that of a stroke or lung cancer.

About lung cancer, it is said that it takes about ten years for a former smoker to run no more risk than one who has never smoked. After ten years, the mortality rate attributable to lung cancer is comparable to that of a non-smoker. For the risk of coronary accident to disappear, it takes about fifteen years.

What remains amazing is the body’s resilience. Pre-cancerous cells disappear to make way for healthy cells. In order to benefit from this “counter reset”, you have to wait a little while. But on the one hand, it’s never too late to quit and on the other hand, as it takes a bit of time, it’s better to start right away.

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