7 Things That Happen When You Quit Smoking


February 10, 2016

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7 Things That Happen When You Quit Smoking


Some get gym memberships, some embark on a new dieting adventure and some make the life changing decision to quit smoking. Whatever it may be, new year’s resolutions are never an easy feat, evidence exists claiming that only 4% to 7% are actually able to quit successfully without medical help.  For those of you who are able to stick to it, here are 7 things that happen when you quit smoking.


  1. You will feel better – Unless you give in to the cravings, studies show that within 20 minutes of quitting, your blood pressure and heart rate will decrease.
  2. You will Breathe Easier – After 3 days you will begin to breathe better. In fact your body starts clearing out mucous and other debris from your lungs with 48 hours of quitting and your bronchial tubes will begin to relax.
  3. You will wake up – Your productivity level will increase as the increase of oxygen in your blood improves circulation and will have you feeling less tired and have a greater ability to concentrate. It is said that between 2 and 12 weeks of no smoking, physical activity will be much easier.
  4. Increased libido – Yes. That’s right. Quitting smoking can actually increase your sex drive as smoking has been known to have a seriously negative effect on your libido.
  5. You will feel happier – Smoking may have been your stress release, so this might be difficult to believe, but quitting smoking can actually improve your mood.
  6. Your heart will return to normal – After ten years of quitting, your risk of developing lung cancer is cut in half.
  7. Renewed Mortality – Studies show that the hazards of smoking are decreased in people who quit prior to the age of 30.

So, while quitting smoking may be a difficult feat to accomplish. We all know the risks smoking has on our health and the effects of second hand smoke on pets,  accompanied with the 7 things that happen when you quit smoking should make it at least a little more bearable.  Make living better your new year’s resolution and let it start when you stop smoking.

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