Quitting smoking: How does your body repair itself?
Many smokers want to stop, being only too aware of the damage the many carcinogens present in cigarette smoke are doing to their body. For those that do manage to kick the habit, the health benefits are huge and indeed within just 15 years your body will repair itself to a level similar to that of someone who has never smoked.
This infographic shows how the body repairs itself after a smoker has taken that final puff.
Within the first week of stopping, a smoker’s heart rate and blood pressure will have returned to normal levels. Their body will also be completely free of nicotine and their lungs will have started to clear.
It takes a bit longer for the more serious consequences of smoking to clear up, but if they refrain from smoking long enough, then eventually their risks of life threatening illnesses such as heart attacks, heart disease and lung cancer will fall to near normal levels.
Check out the infographic below for a full timeline of the beneficial effects of stopping smoking.
Infographic courtesy of nicotino.com