First off sorry for posting such a ugly photo but I need too. I need to see this and why I don't want to pick up another cigarette again. I am going on 6 days on the patch and I have cheated for the first 5 days. I dont want to cheat anymore. My family line has such a history of cancer already that I need to quit for myself. I was talking to my mother last night while I was cheating and she was telling me how they found a lump and she has to go get a biopsy on the 18th. I'm scared for her and I'm scared for myself right now if I can't quit. I have been trying to find support anywhere I can, friends, family, blogs, websites and what ever else I can get. Even my co-workers are supportive or at least one is super encouraging. I found the benefits on the American Cancer Society page and it blew my mind. So I wanted to share and reminded myself of this always.
When smokers quit – What are the benefits over time?
20 minutes after quitting
Your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
12 hours after quitting
The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
2 weeks to 3 months after quitting
Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
1 to 9 months after quitting
Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
1 year after quitting
The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a continuing smoker’s.
5 years after quitting
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder are cut in half. Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker. Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
10 years after quitting
The risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
15 years after quitting
The risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker’s.
Wish me luck and encouragement.