What Happens When You Quit Smoking
Reducing Your Risk
Learn more ways you can reduce your risk for a stroke
One factor that leads to stroke is smoking. Tobacco kills more than half its users.
If an individual is able to quit smoking, they are able to drastically reduce their risk of stroke and multiple other diseases.
Here's a brief timeline of what takes place after a person quits smoking:
- Within 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate decrease, and the body temperature of your hands and feet increase to normal levels. The carbon monoxide found in cigarettes decreases your body's ability to deliver oxygen.
- Within 8 short hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. Your blood oxygen level can now return to normal.
- At 24 hours, your risk of having a heart attack begins to decline
- Stick it out for 48 hours and the damaged nerve endings regrow and the ability to smell and taste is enhanced
- The time between two weeks and three months, your circulation will greatly improve, (this increases stamina and your overall fitness) and your coughing and wheezing should decrease. Your lungs function should be greatly improved at this point.
- In one to nine months, you'll happily see your coughs, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease as your lungs continue to heal
- In one year, your risk of coronary heart disease and even heart attacks will be reduced to just half that of a smoker
- Anywhere from five to 15 years, you have reduced your risk of having a stroke to that of a person who has never smoked
- In 10 years, lung cancer risk drops along with your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus
- In 15 years, the risk of early death drops to similar levels of someone who has never smoked