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Effects of quitting smoking

02/06/2007

Question:

I`ve seen quick lists of what happens as you quit smoking. (i.e. 20 minutes blood pressure lowers, 48 hrs nicoteen out of system, etc.) I`m always in a rush when I see them.

How can I get a list of these. I recently have quit and want to know how my body is bettering itself as I deal with not smoking (self - reward)

Answer:

The best place to look is the American Cancer Society's website: www.cancer.org 

Search for "tobacco", then see the article: "Questions About Smoking, Tobacco, and Health"

Specific sections of the above article answer your questions, and would be good to print out so you can see not only the long-term benefits of quitting, but also the immediate benefits of quitting:

It is crucial to remaining abstinent from tobacco that you reward yourself for positive behavior changes.

Good for you, and never give up!

For more information:

Go to the Smoking and Tobacco health topic, where you can:

Response by:

Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
Formerly:
Kick It!
The James
The Ohio State University