Thanksgiving is now off-the-corner, but you are still smoking the turkey out of your lungs. Peg down yourself with a pact- to quit smoking before this Christmas.
Trust me and roll in this ‘Quit Smoking’ journey with me.
Did you ever closely watch the advertisement that calls for ‘smoking is injurious to health.’
It may come to you as a lightning bolt –
When you smoke cigarettes, thousands of chemicals are released into your body; the results aren’t just damage to your lungs, as shown in most of the advertisements, but your heart, blood vessels, blood cells, and many other bodily structures (such as bones) are at high risk.
Smoking can be an integral and independent cause for diabetes.
What risk that hit me the most-
Smoking can adversely affect the most when it comes to ‘fertility.’ In smoke addicted males: smoking can alter the quality of sperms, reducing their fertility. In smoke addicted females: risks associated with birth defects and miscarriages increase aggressively.
Do not be disheartened- keeping all the risks aside- even if you have smoked for many years, you can still succeed in reversing those health-bombers and go ahead experiencing healthful benefits, starting from the first few hours to even decades after you quit smoking.
A line that inspired me to the core was-
‘Want to stop smoking, just learn to love yourself.’
-Clyde Lofton Hunter lii
So, quit smoking today to experience- the timeline of these health milestones:
Keep your last cigarette down and read along! Try and get inspired by these health-filled pointers!
20 MINUTES AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
1. Blood pressure and pulse rate will fall down to their normal levels respectively.
2. Fibers of the bronchial tubes, that did not move properly in the past due to the constant exposure to the smoke, will start to function well again.
What is the importance of these fibers? They help move the irritants and bacteria out of your lungs, reducing the risk of the mirage of infections.
8 HOURS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
1. Carbon monoxide levels start to return to normal levels.
How does carbon monoxide affect your body? It is a chemical present in cigarettes’ smoke that replaces oxygen particles present in your blood, hence lowering the amount of O2 your bodily tissues receive.
2. Oxygen levels start to rise up to more normalised levels.
What are the good pointers of increased O2 for your body? The increased oxygen can help with nourishment of your tissues and blood vessels that were getting less O2 when you used to smoke.
1 DAY AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
Hooray! Treat yourself with a glazed donut!
1. With this Day 1 mark, you will be proud to know that you have decreased your risk of having that heart attack, you must have had with all that smoking.
Why is that so? As you quitted smoking, the constriction of your veins and arteries have reduced tremendously, along with the increased oxygen levels, your heart is now finally boosting up its functioning.
2. By now, the nicotine levels in the bloodstream have also dropped down to negligible amounts.
2 DAYS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
It’s time for sensory rejuvenation!
With this Day 2 mark, you may notice that your smelling sniffers and tasting buds are better than ever before.
What is the reason behind this? The previously damaged nerve endings, due to that excessive smoking, are in the phase of re-growth.
3 DAYS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
It’s time for respiratory rejuvenation!
With this Day 3 mark, you may experience free and eased breathing.
Why is that so? The previously clogged up bronchial tubes of the lungs, now start to relax and open up, which makes the air exchange between CO2 and O2 much easier.
7 DAYS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
CARDINAL MILESTONE MARKED!
It’s time to celebrate, it is a known fact that smokers, who go without smoking for 1 week are 9 times as likely to wilfully quit smoking forever.
Trust me when I say this- If you can survive 1 week without those grim cigarettes, you can make it for 1 year, 1 decade, and 1 lifetime as well.
2 WEEKS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
It’s time for the morning and evening walks!
1. With completion of Week 2, you may experience that you are walking with ease. Walking, now seems to be fun, instead of a burden as witnessed earlier.
What is the reason behind this? It is because of the improved, increased circulation and oxygenation.
2. University of Michigan sourced that with week 2 setting in the lung function increases by 30%.
1 MONTH AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
1. Living the best time of your life, you will feel highly energized.
2. Many smokers, who experienced symptoms of sinus-congestion or any other medical issue will express required relief.
3 MONTHS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
After these 3 months of quitting smoking, a female holds the chances for regaining her fertility; likewise reduce the risk of premature birth of her offspring.
6 MONTHS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
1. Clearance of mucus-free and phlegm-free airways.
Why is that so? As, the airways are much less inflamed without that constant exposure to cigarettes’ smoke and the chemicals contained within cigarettes.
2. You will be finally able to take control of the stressful situations in the plate of your life, without feeling the urge to smoke it off.
1 YEAR AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
1. Less coughing as compared to when you smoked.
2. Eased breathing.
3. Happiness of living your life perilous smoke-free.
3 YEARS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
Quitting smoking calls for a bunch of will power. But, hey you completed the 3 years mark; that means you are reversing the health complications and now, on the verge of promoting a pink health in the years ahead.
Congratulations! Your risk of having a heart attack has now decreased to that of a non-smoker.
5 YEARS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
University of North Carolina sourced that- after completing the time period of 5 years, your risk of getting diagnosed with lung cancer has significantly dropped by 50% compared to when you used to smoke.
1 DECADE AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
Congratulations! Your risk of having a lung cancer has now decreased to that of a non-smoker.
How so? As, the cells that were previously precancerous have now been replaced with the healthy ones.
15 YEARS AFTER YOU LAST SMOKED:
MAJOR MILESTONE MARKED!
From here, there should be no looking back. Being at a 15 smoke-free years mark, your health risks have decreased to the same level of that of a person who has never smoked before in his/ her life.
My wise words for you-
Throw away that pack of cigarettes! Take out that lighter from your pocket! Start your sober journey today, itself! If you need an ear to listen, I am always there! Share with me your story- how you feel and what changes do you experience in yourself after that last cigarette to now! Come on, show me that you can do it!
‘Tar the roads, not your lungs.
Don’t think of it as quitting,
Think of it as gaining.’