After 48 hours: your chance of having a heart attack will have decreased. All nicotine will have left your body. Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level.
After 72 hours: your bronchial tubes will relax, and your energy levels will increase.
After 2 weeks: your circulation will increase, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks.
After 3 to 9 months: coughing, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate as your lung capacity improves by 10%.
After 1 year: your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.
After 5 years: your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.
After 10 years: your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
After 15 years: your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.
So, if you’re a current smoker, how can you quit so you can start to see these health benefits?
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Breaking any habit can be difficult. If you want to quit smoking you’ll have to be completely resolute in your new routine, and need to be strong when it matters most – especially when you experience strong cravings, or even if you happen to relapse. Long-time smokers will battle a stronger addiction than others, but the immediate and long term benefits are more than worth the trouble.
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