There are a lot of ways the body begins to recover when tobacco is no longer being funneled in on a regular basis. If you are thinking about making the switch to electronic cigarettes, here are some of the ways you can expect your body to react when no longer having the toxins of smoke and tar building up in your system. The following is a timeline of how the body repairs over time, showing how amazing the human body is, after all!
20 Minutes: Yes, your body’s chemistry changes in just 20 minutes after smoking a cigarette, with heart rate and blood pressure levels returning to their normal settings.
12 Hours: In 12 hours after your last tobacco cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream return to normal.
2 Weeks: In just two weeks, lung function and circulation begin to improve.
1-9 Weeks: In this time period, the body begins to recover from typical symptoms of smoking like the infamous smoker’s cough and having shortness of breath. The cilia lining the lungs begin to function normally again, and they get to work cleaning the lungs, lessening the risk of infection.
1 Year: Your risk of coronary heart disease drops by 50%, making it half as high as a smoker’s risk.
5 Years: Your risk of certain cancers is now at a dramatically lower rate than that of a smoker’s. The risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer, esophagus cancer, and bladder cancer is now 50% less than that of smokers’. The risk of stroke and cervical cancer have also lowered as well.
10 Years: The risk of pancreatic and larynx cancer has now decreased, and the risk of fatal lung cancer is now cut in half compared to smokers’ risks.
15 Years: The risk of heart disease is now the same as what nonsmokers face.
We all know tobacco is harmful, but being able to see exactly how the body takes care of itself over time is rather impressive. The human body is an amazing vessel, and taking care of it over the long run is so worth the while. If you are interested in switching to smoke-free, tobacco-free alternatives, please have a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Starter Kits, which has been designed to assist anyone in making the switch to vapor!