Stop Smoking Timeline

Stop Smoking Timeline
Stop Smoking Timeline

A. When you stop smoking – here’s a timeline of what happens …

In 20 minutes …
Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.

In 8 hours…
Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream has fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction.

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Improve Your Health

HealthQuitting smoking is the best thing you can do to improve your life and health. Any attempt to quit smoking will make you stronger.

It’s never too late to reap the benefits, some of which happen within the first few days.With the right combination of practice, determination and support, you will be able to stop smoking for good!

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This Time, Quit Smoking For Good

Quitting isn’t easy.

The immediate satisfaction from smoking and the adverse side effects of quitting often outweigh the

This Time, Quit Smoking For Good
This Time, Quit Smoking For Good

desire to quit and the knowledge about how important it is to quit.

While most of us are aware of the long-term effects that smoking will have on health, its addictive elements can override good common sense.

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Addiction to Nicotine

To stop to smokeNicotine is one of the most addictive substances know to human kind. It can become an addiction in the same way as the use of alcohol, tranquilizers and other drugs. In its pure form, nicotine is a strong poison. A small dose of it, injected directly into the bloodstream, would kill a person within an hour. Because it is inhaled, it only takes seven to 10 seconds to reach the brain – twice as fast as intravenous drugs and three times faster than alcohol.

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More Benefits of Quitting Smoking

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  • Within 8 hours, carbon monoxide level drops in your body and oxygen level in your blood increases to normal.
  • Within 48 hours, your chances of having a heart attack start to go down and your sense of smell and taste begin to improve.
  • Within 72 hours, bronchial tubes relax making breathing easier and lung capacity increases.

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Managing Cravings

FightingWhen you really crave a cigarette…

Remember: The urge to smoke will come and go. Try to wait it out. Or look at the plan you made last week. You wrote down steps to take at a time like this. Try them! You can also try these tips:

    • Keep other things around instead of cigarettes. Try carrots, pickles, sunflower seeds, apples, celery, raisins, or sugarfree gum.
    • Wash your hands or the dishes when you want a cigarette very badly. Or take a shower.

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    Q: How Might You Feel When You Quit?

    Q: How Might You Feel When You Quit?
    Q: How Might You Feel When You Quit?

    Common feelings of smoking withdrawal include:

    • Feeling depressed
    • Not being able to sleep
    • Getting cranky, frustrated, or mad
    • Feeling anxious, nervous, or restless
    • Having trouble thinking clearly
    • Feeling hungry or gaining weight

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    Q: What To Do If You Do Slip?

    Quit smoking

    Don’t be discouraged if you slip up and smoke one or two cigarettes. It’s not a lost cause. One cigarette is better than an entire pack. But that doesn’t mean you can safely smoke every now and then, no matter how long ago you quit. One cigarette may seem harmless, but it can quickly lead back to one or two packs a day.

    Many ex-smokers had to try stopping many times before they finally succeeded. When people slip up, it’s usually within the first three months after quitting. Here’s what you can do if this happens:

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