We all know that smoking isn’t good for you. There is a constant barrage of information on how nicotine, tar, and smoke ravage your body. You may wonder if it is too late to reverse the effects smoking has had on your body. Here is a list of ways your body will recover when you stop smoking. Some effects take place within 20 minutes, while others can take longer. No matter what, the very best time to stop smoking and give your body a chance to heal is today.
17. Your Lungs
When you first stop smoking, you may notice you are coughing even more than usual. As your body clears out toxins, your lungs will work to clear the mucus and phlegm left by smoking. Your lungs will also begin to regrow cilia. These are the tiny hair-like projections that line the respiratory tract to aid in moving irritants out of the lungs. Within a few days, as your lungs begin to clear, breathing should become easier. Within two months, you should find yourself able to exercise without the huffing and puffing that may have accompanied attempts while smoking.
16. Your Heart
As little as 20 minutes without smoking will allow your blood pressure to drop to its normal rate. It only takes 24 hours without smoking to reduce your risk of heart attack greatly. Removing the toxins associated with smoking such as benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia, and nicotine allows your body to recover. Your risk of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) decreases. Smoking cessation also lowers your risk of high blood pressure, chest pain, and congestive heart failure.