GOOD NEWS FOR ALL CIGARETTE SMOKERS
You might think itís too late to quit smoking, but here is some good news from the American Cancer Society: As soon as you snuff out that last cigarette, your body will begin a series of physiological changes. I smoked for over 30 years before quitting. I would not have survived my heart problems if I had still been puffing away. The eight years that I had not been smoking before the problem, made all the difference. Cecil......
® Within 20 minutes: Blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rate will drop to normal.
® Within eight hours: Smokerís breath disappears. The carbon monoxide level in blood drops and the oxygen level rises to normal.
® Within 24 hours: Chance of heart attack decreases.
® Within 48 hours: Nerve endings start to regroup. Ability to taste and smell improves.
® Within three days: Breathing is easier.
® Within two to three months: Circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung capacity increases up to 30 percent.
® Within one to nine months: Sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia that sweep debris from your lungs grow back. Energy increases.
® Within one year: Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a person who smokes.
® Within two years: Heart attack risk drops to near normal.
® Within five years: Lung cancer death rate for average former pack-a-day smoker decreases by almost half. Stroke risk is reduced. Risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer is half that of a smoker.
® Within 10 years: Lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a person who does not smoke. The pre-cancerous cells are replaced.
® Within 15 years: Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a person who has never smoked.
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