If you are a smoker, you already know that your health is at stake. By understanding the positive changes to your body after you’ve stopped smoking, you will be more likely to stick to your new smoke-free regime.First, it’s important to understand how smoking affects your vital capacity. Ask your doctor to perform a Vital Capacity test to measure the amount of air you take in with each breath. You will be asked to take a deep breath and blow into a device that tells your doctor the volume of air dispelled. Air taken in by healthy lungs holds about 19% oxygen. Smokers take in even less vital oxygen, because the lungs are not able to expand as much. The more you smoke, the lower your vital capacity. Cigarette smokers also double their risk of heart attack, and sudden cardiac death. Additionally more young smokers are killed by stroke than their young non-smoking peers. That’s the bad news.
The good news is that the body has incredible healing powers, and can start to correct the negative effects of smoking within minutes of extinguishing your last buttAccording to the American Cancer Society, these are the estimated healing times following your last cigarette:After 15 minutes: Blood pressure, pulse rate, and body temperature of your hands and feet return to normal.After 8 hours: your oxygen level increases to normal, and the level of deadly carbon monoxide in your system drops After 24 hours: Heart attack risk decreases. You are less likely to have a heart attack in as little as one day after you’ve stopped smoking.