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'Butting Out' Brings Quick Benefits

Physical changes kick in soon after quitting smoking

(HealthDayNews) -- If you're even thinking about quitting smoking, you've taken a step in the right direction.

To help you along, the University of Toledo Health Services describes how kicking the habit will benefit your health:

After 20 minutes of quitting:

  • blood pressure decreases;
  • pulse rate drops;
  • and body temperature of hands and feet increases.

At 8 hours:

  • carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal;
  • and oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

After 24 hours:

  • chances of a heart attack decrease.

After 48 hours:

  • nerve endings start regrowing;
  • and ability to taste and smell is enhanced.

The first year after quitting:

  • circulation improves;
  • walking becomes easier;
  • lung function increases;
  • coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease;
  • and excess risk of coronary heart disease decreases by half.

At 10 years:

  • risk of lung cancer drops 50 percent;
  • and risks of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease.

At 15 years:

  • risk of coronary disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked;
  • and risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked.
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