Brain Post: What Happens When a Smoker Quits? | A 15-Year Timeline

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We all know someone who smokes.  It’s their choice.  But it’s a rough one.  It certainly isn’t gonna help them ski nor snowboard better.  The most shocking thing about this graph is that it could take up to 15 years after quitting smoking before you’re health risks are the same as a non-smoker’s.

This one is for the kids.  Believe us, smoking will directly lead to you skiing and riding worse and not being able to keep up.

We used to not know any better, but now we know exactly how hard cigarettes are on your health
We used to not know any better, but now we know exactly how hard cigarettes are on your health

20 Minutes After Quitting:  The heart rate & blood pressure drop back to normal levels

12 Hours After Quitting:  The level of carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal

2 Weeks After Quitting:  Circulation & Lung Function Improve

1-9 Weeks After Quitting:  Smoker “norms” (like constant cough & shortness of breath) become less pronounced.  The tiny hairs lining the lungs (cilia) work normally again and clean the lungs to reduce risk of infection

Just looks funny now.
Just looks funny now.

1 Year After Quitting:  The risk of getting coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s

5 Years After Quitting:  The risk of contracting mouth, throat, esphagus, and bladder cancers is half what it is for smokers.  Risk of cervical cancer and stroke fall, too.

10 Years After Quitting:  The risk of dying of lung cancer is half that of a smoker’s.  Risk of getting pancreatic and larynx cancer drops as well.

15 Years After Quitting:  The risk of heart disease is equivalent to a non-smokers risk


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