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What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking?

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When you smoke cigarettes you’re introducing over 40 different poisons and impurities1 to your body several times a day. You are also managing a physical addiction to nicotine and dealing with a psychological dependence on cigarettes. 

As soon as you smoke your last cigarette - or if you begin to cut down gradually - you’ll be imposing changes on your system. Your body and mind will react to these changes very quickly and you’ll experience this reaction as physical and psychological discomfort. 

Giving Up Smoking - Timeline

The changes to your body and mind can be shown as a timeline that begins 20 minutes after your last cigarette and continues as far as 15 years into the future. This is because your body will continue to cleanse itself, and try to repair the damage caused by smoking, for many years to come.

Everybody experiences slightly different reactions when they stop smoking, but there are many general effects and the biological changes are well documented2.

20 Minutes

Physical Mental
20 minutes after you smoke your last cigarette your body will already be adjusting. Your pulse and blood pressure will lower to their regular rate and the temperature of your hands and feet will rise to match the rest of your body. You will not experience any psychological effects, but may be excited or anxious about the fact that you just smoked your last cigarette

12 Hours

Physical Mental
The level of toxic carbon monoxide in your bloodstream will have dropped noticeably and the level of healthy oxygen will have increased. You will be experiencing cravings for nicotine and missing the comforting routine of smoking cigarettes. The12 hour point represents half a day without a cigarette. It’s a good moment to work on mental resolve and focus.

24 Hours

Physical Mental
After just 24 smoke free hours your risk of a heart attack has just begun to decline. It’s still very early days, but you’re already getting healthier! By this point you’ll be experiencing cravings for cigarettes. You may find that you are irritable and a little bit disorientated - at least in the sense that you’ll instinctively reach for your cigarettes every time you experience a trigger. Take a minute to congratulate yourself. The 24 hour point is the first major hurdle! Take a few minutes to reinforce your commitment to giving up smoking. Think about all the benefits and how much better - and longer - your life could be if you continue to stop smoking.

48 Hours

Physical Mental
After 48 smoke free hours your body is beginning to repair and regenerate damaged nerve endings. You’ll also suddenly notice that your sense of smell is improving and you can taste food again! People around you may notice that your clothes and hair no longer smell of stale smoke. After 48 hours you may be really struggling with the cravings. It’s important to analyse your mental state and be aware of any negative feelings, rather than just getting lost in them. The 48 hour point is a good time to review any NRT methods that you are using and make necessary adjustments.

When Giving Up Smoking is Make or Break

If you have previously tried to quit smoking and failed, have been a heavy smoker for several years, or you are simply worried that you won’t be able to resist nicotine cravings, your best strategy may be to use a prescription medication. 

Prescription medicine like Champix work to reduce the strength of nicotine cravings, they also block the receptors in the brain that make smoking a pleasurable sensation.

DoktorABC’s online GPs can issue prescription for Champix to most people who want to give up smoking. Simply complete a short medical questionnaire to ensure that the medication is appropriate for you. Once approved, your tablets will be sent with next day delivery.

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3 Days

Physical Mental

The nicotine levels in your body are now dramatically depleted and your body is rapidly adjusting to its new healthier state. Some people may experience unpleasant physical reactions at this point. The 3 day point is often the peak for experiencing discomfort. Don’t be alarmed if you experience any of the following symptoms. Tell yourself that it is your body becoming healthy again!

  • nausea
  • dizziness
  • insomnia
  • headaches
  • abdominal discomfort

You will quite possibly be suffering mentally at this point. A minority of people may experience a ‘perfect storm’ of symptoms:

  • intense nicotine cravings
  • Irritability, frustration and 
  • Low mood, anxiety or self pity
  • Pessimism about quitting
  • Lack of concentration
  • Anxiety 
  • Food cravings

If you can tough it out, you will be soon able to call yourself an ex-smoker. The 3 day point is make or break for a lot of people trying to give up smoking. Hang in there and remind yourself that it’s a temporary situation that is already passing. This is the time to lean on your quit smoking strategies.

2 Weeks

Physical Mental
After two weeks without cigarettes, your body is really beginning to feel the benefits. Your blood circulation has improved and your immune system is functioning more efficiently. With more oxygen in your body, it’s easier to fight off colds and flu, and you may find it easier to climb the stairs or perform other physical tasks. If you haven’t smoked for two whole weeks you should be feeling pretty good about yourself! You may still be experiencing some urges to smoke, but the worst of the cravings will just be a bad memory.

3 months

Physical Mental
Congratulations - after three months without a cigarette you’re now a non smoker! The chances are that you feel younger, fitter and more healthy. You might have noticed some surprising changes like a better quality sex life. If you’re a man you may be experiencing better quality erections and endurance. If you’re a woman you may be experiencing a higher level of arousal and better orgasms. You can be pretty confident that you’ve just beaten a life threatening addiction. Your self confidence and self respect should have taken a well-deserved boost. Hopefully you’re feeling positive about life, enjoying the improvements to your health and the extra money in your pocket! You may still miss cigarettes, or feel urges to smoke, but you have enough ‘positive mental ammunition’ to deal with these negative thoughts.

1 Year

Physical Mental
After a year as an ex smoker you have just halved your risk of coronary heart disease - well done! You may also have noticed that your skin has improved, your teeth are whiter, and your breath smells a lot fresher! One year without smoking is a major achievement. You’re much more in control of your life, healthier and (hopefully) happier. You might occasionally miss cigarettes, but the threat of relapse should be much lower.

5 Years

Physical Mental

When you smoked you were filling your arteries and blood vessels with some seriously dangerous toxins, including tar. These formed plaque, blocking and narrowing the arteries and increasing the risk of:

  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Lower limb amputation

After five years as a non smoker, your body has already healed itself to the point where blocked blood vessels are beginning to widen again.

You’re a non smoker and cigarettes should be pretty much irrelevant. Rather than experiencing cravings or urges to smoke, you probably feel irritation or frustration when other people smoke.

10 Years

Physical Mental
You now have 50% less chance of developing lung cancer than the average smoker! Your risk of developing throat cancer, oral cancer and other potentially fatal cancers has been significantly reduced. Once in a while, you might wonder how a cigarette would feel. Mostly you’ll look at smokers with pity, and wonder how they could be so stupid when there’s so much inormation available about the health risks.

15 Years

Physical Mental
You’ve reduced your risk of coronary heart disease to that of a non smoker (which is exactly what you’ve been for the last 15 years). Your risk of other cancers has also dropped substantially. Eat and drink sensibly, take regular exercise and you have every chance of living a full and happy life! If you think carefully you may be able to remember a time in your life when you used to smoke. Probably the idea of smoking now seems ridiculous and the thought of actually smoking a cigarette makes you feel sick!

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Champix is one of the course treatment prescribed by our doctors to help you stop smoking. View our prices and order your course of Champix today.

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