Why quit smoking?

By Healthy Beauty on Saturday, February 2, 2013 10:53 AM

Being healthy is about feeling it. Whatever goes into our bodies eventually comes out. Our bodies are constantly absorbing nutrients and toxins from all the things we take in, intentionally or not. One thing we usually cannot control is the quality of air that we breathe every day. Air pollution is a prime example of exposure to everyday toxins. Smoking is a source of those toxins that not only affect the smoker, but goe into the air affecting the environment and everything living in it. If you or someone you know is having trouble quitting smoking, maybe understanding these benefits will help give good motivation.

As hard as it may sound, everything starts with a first step.

  Within 8 hours

Carbon monoxide levels in your body decrease as oxygen levels in your blood increase to normal

  Within 72 hours

Your bronchial tubes relax and it becomes easier to breathe as your lung capacity increases

  Within 2 weeks to 3 months

Your blood circulation is increasing, as your lung function is increasing up to 30 percent

  Within 1 year

Your risk of smoking-related heart attack is cut by 50 percent

  Within 15 years

Your risk of dying from a heart attack is now equal to a person who never smoked


For more details on this timeline, see the Canadian Lung Association website

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