Quit smoking?

What happens to my body when I quit smoking?

Within half an hour of your last cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure typically drop to normal levels. That’s good, because high blood pressure is known as “the silent killer” for its dangerous effects that often have no symptoms. These include heart attack, stroke, loss of vision, and more.

On your quit day:

1. Do not smoke at all

.2. Stay busy.

3. Begin use of your NRT if you have chosen to use one.

4. Attend a stop-smoking group or follow a self-help plan.

5. Drink more water and juice.

6. Drink less or no alcohol.

7. Avoid individuals who are smoking.

8. Avoid situations wherein you have a strong urge to smoke.

Tobacco smoke is incredibly harmful to your health. There’s no safe way to smoke. Replacing your cigarette with a cigar, pipe, or hookah won’t help you avoid the health risks.

Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients, many of which can also be found in cigars and hookahs. When these ingredients burn, they generate more than 7,000 chemicals, according to the American Lung Association. Many of those chemicals are poisonous and at least 69 of them are linked to cancer.

What happens to your body when you smoke?

Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in your lungs. Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer.