04 October 2013

Stoptober – Join the campaign! Why?

Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette: 

  • Blood Pressure drops to normal
  • You smell better and so do your clothes
  • Pulse rate drops to normal
  • Body temperature of hands and feet return to normal

Within 8 hours:

  • Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal

Within 24 hours:

  • Chance of heart attack decreases

Within 48 hours: 

  • Nerve endings start re-growing
  • Ability to smell and taste things is enhanced

Within 72 hours: 

  • Bronchial tubes relax making breathing easier

Within 2 weeks to 3 months: 

  • Circulation improves
  • Walking becomes easier
  • Lung function increases by up to 30%
  • Look better – feel better

Within 1 – 9 months:

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases
  • Lung cilia regrow, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean lungs
  • Body's overall energy increases

Within 5 years:

  • Lung cancer death rate for average smokier almost halves

Within 10 years: 

  • Lung cancer death rate down to almost that of a non-smoker
  • Pre-cancerous cells are replaced
  • Other cancer risks decrease


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