perhaps my only post on smoking

There is so much ragging on smokers (and for good reason) that I don’t do it too much. I figure – they all know it’s bad for them (though the social smokers might not realize it). I’ve seen people go through cancer treatment and come out smoking. If that’s not going to influence them, surely I’m not.

The other day, The Cancer Treatment Centers of America posted seven statistics about improved health after quitting. I thought I’d share those with you.

1)  After 20 minutes – blood pressure drops to a level close to that before you had your last cigarette. The temperature of your hands and feet increases to normal.

2)  After 8 hours – carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.

3) After quitting for 24 hours – your chance of a heart attack decreases

4) After quitting smoking for 2 weeks to 3 months – circulation improves. Your lung function increases up to 30%.

5)  After quitting smoking 1 to 9 months – coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; cilia regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.

6) After quitting smoking for 1 year – Your chance of having a heart attack is cut in half

7) After quitting smoking for 10 years – Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a continuing smoker; risks of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decrease.


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