Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
At C-health we understand that our patient’s time is valuable. The respiratory educator will guide you to appropriate resources readily available.
The follwing resources can also help you on your way to a smoke-free future: