Now for some good news: a lot of the dam­age that cig­a­rettes do is re­versible if you stop light­ing up.

Dolly - - Doctor -

AF­TER SIX HOURS Your heart rate slows back down and your blood pres­sure sta­bilises.

AF­TER ONE DAY Al­most all the nico­tine leaves your blood­stream (good rid­dance, mate!). The lev­els of car­bon monox­ide de­crease so oxy­gen can reach your vi­tal or­gans more eas­ily.

AF­TER ONE WEEK Your sense of taste and smell start to re­turn – hello, choco­late! Vi­ta­min C and other nat­u­ral an­tiox­i­dant lev­els in­crease in your blood. Your lungs start a spring clean, re­mov­ing mu­cus, tar and dust (ex­er­cise will speed this process up).

AF­TER THREE MONTHS You’re cough­ing and wheez­ing less, so those netball games are go­ing to be much eas­ier to get through. Your im­mune sys­tem is get­ting back to its peak, so you’ll find that you’re less likely to get sick, and your blood be­comes less thick which means your cir­cu­la­tion is on the up.

AF­TER ONE YEAR Most symp­toms from smok­ing are a dis­tant mem­ory. Your lung func­tion is back up to its pre-smok­ing lev­els.

AF­TER TWO TO FIVE YEARS Af­ter this amount of time, you’ve dras­ti­cally re­duced your risk of heart at­tack and stroke, and this will con­tinue to de­crease over time. Within five years, your risk of cer­vi­cal can­cer is the same as it is for a fe­male who has never smoked.

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