Quitting smoking can be difficult,
especially if you have been smoking for a long time. It may take several tries
before you succeed. But even if you have a strong dependence on nicotine, it is still
possible to quit. And even if you have smoked for many years, quitting smoking
now can still increase your life span and improve the quality of your
The best way to stop smoking is to get help and to
follow a plan. You can increase
your chances of quitting if you:
Q: How long after I quit smoking will I begin to see the
A: Almost immediately. Here’s a quick rundown from the Cleveland
After 20 minutes: Your blood pressure and pulse decrease. The
temperature of your hands and feet increases.
After eight hours: The carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to
normal. Oxygen levels in your blood increase.
After 24 hours: Your chance of heart attack decreases.
After 48 hours: Your ability to taste and smell starts...
Use nicotine replacement therapy
(gum, lozenges, patches, or inhalers).
Get counseling (by phone, group, or one-on-one).
Both taking medicine and getting counseling works even better for quitting smoking.
Healthwise (2012). Cost of smoking calculation formula: (Average number of
cigarettes smoked per day/Number of cigarettes in a pack) X (Cost for pack) X 365 X (Total
number of years the person has smoked or intends to smoke).
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 20, 2013
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