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Can Your Body Fully Recover From Smoking

Many smokers claim that it would no longer be worth it for them to quit smoking. The reason for this is usually that they have been smoking for a very long time and their body is already so damaged that it would never fully recover anyway. 

However, this is completely wrong from a medical point of view! It doesn’t matter how old you are and how many years you have smoked. Studies have shown how quickly and well the body recovers even after years of smoking. This article tells you how long your body needs to recover from smoking.

Already After 24 Hours Your Risk of a Heart Attack Decreases and Your Physical Fitness Increases

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Just 20 minutes after stopping smoking, your heart rate and blood pressure return to the normal levels of a non-smoker because the release of the stress hormone dopamine in the central nervous system decreases.

 After 8 hours you can already register a significant increase in physical fitness and after 12 hours there is nothing left of the toxic carbon monoxide in your bloodstream. Your cells and organs will be better supplied with oxygen, which increases your physical fitness enormously. 

By the way, this is the condition you probably find yourself in every morning after getting up. Surprisingly, the risk of a heart attack already decreases after 24 hours. In addition, even after 24 hours your sense of taste and smell will work better than before.

After Two Weeks Your Body is Nicotine-free and: YOU Are Free of Physical Withdrawal Symptoms

After two weeks your body is completely free of nicotine, which also means that the physical withdrawal symptoms have disappeared. Depression after stopping smoking should be a thing of the past. 

The lungs also recover very quickly after stopping smoking: after three to twelve weeks, the ciliated hairs in the lungs work at full speed again and free your lungs of harmful particles and mucus. This increases your lung capacity by up to 30%! About three months after stopping smoking, fertility also increases significantly! This is true for both men and women.

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5 years After Stopping Smoking, the Risk of a Stroke is the Same as for Non-Smokers - No Matter How Long You Have Smoked Before

A good year after you quit smoking, your risk of heart disease has been reduced by half. And it gets even better: after 5 years, your risk of a stroke is the same as that of a non-smoker – no matter how long you have smoked before. The risk of lung cancer decreases a bit more slowly, but after about ten years it is still only half as high. The risk of other tumours such as laryngeal, pancreatic or bladder cancer is also significantly lower.

After 10 Years, You Will be Medically Classified as a Non-Smoker

About ten years after your last cigarette, doctors no longer classify you as an “ex-smoker” in the medical context, but as a “non-smoker” – regardless of how much you smoked before. Your risk of dying from lung cancer has already been reduced by half by this time. After about 15 years, your risk of heart disease is almost as high as that of lifelong non-smokers.

The body recovers quite well after stopping smoking! As you have read, you will notice the first positive reactions of your body already after a few days! The risk for various diseases decreases slowly over time, but consistently, so that after a few years you assume almost the same health status as a lifelong non-smoker.

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