I thought I would be smoking until the day I died. I tried everything to quit. I’m sure you’ve heard that before. That’s what everyone says, right? I’ve tried it all.
But it’s true. I’ve tried the patch, the mints, and the gum. I’ve even tried going cold turkey but I was unsuccessful. The truth is, quitting smoking is really hard. Even when you want to quit, it isn’t easy.
What Can You do to Stop Smoking?
I considered one of those e-cigarettes, but they’re so expensive, and some studies are showing them to be just as dangerous as a traditional cigarette. If I’m going to give up smoking, I want to give it all up. At the end of the day, the best way to quit smoking is to dedicate yourself to the pursuit. Don’t be hard on yourself: quitting it hard enough. Take it a day at a time, and forgive yourself for messing up without letting yourself slip back into smoking daily.
At the end of the day, the most important thing you can do is keep your eye on the prize. You’re trying to stop for your health, and you’ll feel better once you’ve kicked the habit. Just visualize the end goal: a version of yourself that doesn’t smoke, that doesn’t get winded so easily, that doesn’t spend so much money on cigarettes. To help you visualize a healthier you, here are some of the healthy outcomes you could look forward to when you stop smoking.
Healthy Outcomes After Quitting
- Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your blood pressure returns to a normal rate.
- Within 12 hours of your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide levels in your bloodstream are at half of what they were when you were inhaling your last puff.
- Within 1 day of your last cigarette, your risk of a heart attack has already dropped.
- Within 2 days of your last cigarette, the nerve endings in your nose and mouth start to grow. Your sense of smell and taste will both improve.
- Within 3 days of your last cigarette, your lungs start to regain their ability to breathe properly.
- Within 1 month of your last cigarette, your lung function has started to dramatically improve. The “smokers cough” will fade, and physical activities like going upstairs and running will become a lot easier.
- Within 9 months of your last cigarette, the lungs have started to heal themselves. The cilia within a lung that push mucus out and fight infections has started to regrow.
- Within 1 year of your last cigarette, your risk for heart disease is cut in half.
- Within 5 years of your last cigarette, your risk of a stroke is that of a nonsmoker.
- Within 10 years of your last cigarette, your risk of dying from lung cancer will drop to half that of an active smoker. At this point, you are also at a lower risk of other cancers than if you had continued to smoke.