What happens when we suddenly stop smoking

What happens in the body when you stop smoking

The first few days after quitting are the hardest. Now it helps to imagine the repair machine running in your body. Something is happening. For the better.

Why do withdrawal symptoms occur after smoking?

Bad mood, irritability, headache, gigantic appetite. And the thought of the next cigarette all the time. The first few days after the last cigarette can be brutal. There are still residues of nicotine in the body. He asks for more - but doesn't get it. Experts call these withdrawal symptoms.

But hey, that's completely normal. And that's a good thing. Withdrawal symptoms signal that a lot is being pushed in the body. He starts tidying up and cleaning himself. Because he finally has the chance and peace to do so and no longer has to struggle with the toxins of the cigarette. “Regeneration” is the magic word - a bit like when he is recovering after an illness.

The human body is a regeneration power machine in a hurry. Immediately after the last cigarette, the program switches to "Go".

Do I automatically gain weight when I quit smoking?

Yes, it is true, many people who quit smoking gain weight in the first few months or years. On the one hand, because the metabolism changes: the body burns around 200 kilocalories less per day without cigarettes. (Good proof of how tough his fight against the cigarette effects was before.) But that leveled off over time.

In addition, the chocolate bar or the energy drink become a cigarette substitute for many ex-smokers: not good! Exercise and a healthy diet are better. A few pounds more on your hips might not be that bad. At least it's better than continuing to smoke.

Will my health improve if I quit smoking?

Already 20 minutes after quitting smoking, the renunciation is noticeable:

The pulse and blood pressure level off at normal levels. The blood circulation improves. Cigarette smoke is not just relaxation for the body, but pure stress.

8 hours after the last cigarette something is happening in your body:

The level of carbon monoxide in the blood drops to normal. It now contains as much oxygen as it should be. This is important because the organs need a lot of oxygen.

24 hours without smoking:

The risk of having a heart attack decreases significantly after 24 hours. Maybe you're not that scared of a heart attack after all. But this fact shows you how stressful cigarettes are on the heart.

2 days after the last cigarette, your health continues to improve:

The ends of the nerve tracts recover. This is especially noticeable in the sense of taste and smell. Both work better again. So concentrate fully on how the food tastes and smells like flowers or grass! More intense, right?

2 weeks to 3 months without smoking cause:

The circulation stabilizes and lung function improves.

1 to 9 months later, smoking cessation becomes noticeable as follows:

Coughing fits and shortness of breath become less frequent, blocked sinuses clear, the lungs clean themselves, and the mucus in the airways decreases. No more excuses when exercising!

1 year without cigarettes - and the recovery continues:

The risk of coronary artery disease is reduced to half that of a smoker. The heart recovers.

5 years smoke free

The risk of developing cancer of the mouth, throat or esophagus is half that of a smoker. The risk of cervical cancer falls on that of a non-smoker. The risk of stroke can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2 to 5 years.

10 years without smoking - the risk of lung cancer is now significantly lower:

The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who still smokes. So it pays to stick with it in the long term.

Convinced of the body's regeneration wellness program? The more you visualize the processes and empathize with your body, the better you can feel how well stopping smoking is doing. This can help you stand firm.

Why it's never too late to quit smoking

No matter how long or how many cigarettes you've smoked, it's never too late to quit. The body has repair skills well into old age. For example, if you stop at 40, you gain nine valuable years of life compared to people who continue to smoke. At least statistically. In this respect, the chances of the body recovering completely are even better with young people.

Oh yes, because of statistics: the numbers above are just averages. In individual cases, the values ​​always depend on age, the amount of cigarettes already smoked and other factors.

But the message is clear: stopping just a little doesn't do much. All or nothing.