Find Out What Happens When You Quit Smoking
The Smoking Timeline lists the stages you go through as you rid your body of nicotine
You want to quit smoking, otherwise you wouldn't be reading this. So you've already made the hard decision - to want to quit.
The realization that it can kill you is a sobering thought. Luckily you have decided that's not the way to go.
There's a great quote that says "Quit smoking... or die trying".
What you may not realize yet is that there is a Quitting Smoking Timeline of what happens after you smoke your last cigarette. The "quitting smoking side-effects" may vary from person to person. Smoking withdrawal symptoms may also vary from person to person. But generally, everyone goes through the same timeline of events. Some will experience it slower than others, some quicker.
Generally speaking, everyone follows the same pattern when they quit smoking.
Day 3 is the hardest. By this point, your body is screaming out for nicotine.
By this time, you've already experienced many changes, some of which started as little as 20 minutes after your last cigarette.
You may or may not notice the changes that are going on in your body. Some of them are very subtle, some of them are sledge-hammers. In just one day after your last cigarette, there have been changes to your blood pressure, pulse rate, body temperature, carbon monoxide levels, and oxygen levels.
It pays to remind yourself that smoking harms nearly every organ in your body. Smoking IS a deadly habit. Tobacco smoke contains about four thousand known chemicals, over fifty of which are known to cause cancer.
So why would you want to continue smoking? If smoking is that bad for you, why do it?
The thing is, everyone already knows smoking is bad for you. But by the time you realize it, you're already hooked. And nicotine is one of the most addictive substances around. Big tobacco companies have spent millions on making sure it is.
The good news is that quitting lets your body begin repairing itself almost immediately. Some benefits of quitting are evident within hours of quitting, while others may take longer.
After 24 hours, you might start to feel dizzy or light-headed and restless. You might be experiencing strong urges to have a cigarette. Resist these urges. Your chances of suffering from a heart attack has significantly decreased already.
Once you get through Day 3, it becomes much easier. The benefits outweigh the negatives and you are well on your way to becoming a non-smoker. Just get through this tough day and you're almost home free.
The smoking timeline details what you go through, step by step. This is exactly what you need to be able to get through it. If the symptoms sneak up on you, its easier to give in and reach for the cigarettes. By arming yourself with information, you know what to expect - and you know you can get through it. You get the upper hand in this battle.
Most symptoms occur in the first month. The hunger you may experience due to the lack of elevated blood glucose level, and the cravings, can last for up to six months before your body adjusts to the "new you".
Won't it be nice to have brighter teeth? To smell better? To have more money?
It's never too late to quit. You CAN do this!