What to ExpectGetting through the first few days.

First things first – congratulations on dumping smoking!

Breaking your smoking habit is one of the best decisions you will ever make. As you read this, your body is probably already starting to heal from the damage caused by those nasty smokes. The next few days may feel weird, but don’t be discouraged. All break-ups follow with a period of adjustment – it’s completely normal. Here’s what you can expect to be happening to your body in the hours, months and years following your break-up:

After 20 minutes:Your blood pressure drops to a level similar to what it was before your last cigarette.

After 8 hours:The level of carbon monoxide (a toxic gas) in your blood drops to normal. There is likely more oxygen in your system and your blood pressure is probably going down.

After 1 day:Your risk of having a heart attack starts to drop.

After 2 weeks:The airways in your lungs relax and you can get more air into your lungs and breathe easier.

After 1 month:You should be coughing less and your lungs should be working even better.

After 1 year:Your risk of coronary heart disease is about half that of an average smoker.

After 5 years:You have the same chance of having a stroke as a non-smoker.

After 10 years:Your chance of dying from lung cancer is much lower. So is your chance of getting cancer in your mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas.

After 15 years:Your risk of coronary heart disease is similar to that of a non-smoker.

You may not be feeling 100% right after the initial break-up.

The good news is that most symptoms last just a few days and you can take action to help reduce their effects.

Here are some of the things you may feel, why you may feel them and suggestions on how to deal with them. Remember, everyone breaks up with smoking differently, so if anything alarms you, you can always speak with a Health Care Professional.