Last week we looked at the deadly consequences of smoking tobacco. In part two of “Cochrane QUITS” we examine the health benefits of quitting smoking and avoiding being one of the 35 Cochranites who will lose their life to smoking this year.

Immediate benefits to your family and others is removing harmful environmental tobacco smoke that pollutes everyone’s breathing space. Your body now starts to heal itself as levels of carbon monoxide and nicotine decline rapidly. A pack a day smoker will also see $5000.00 in their bank account after only 1 year!

Within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette the body begins a series of changes that continues for years as shown in the table.

After… Body Changes
8 hours Carbon monoxide level drops in the body and oxygen level in blood increases to normal
48 hours Sense of smell and taste improves and the chances of having a heart attack go down
72 hours Lung capacity increases and bronchial tubes relax making breathing easier
2 weeks Nicotine is gone from the body
3 months Circulation improves and lung functioning increases up to 30%
6 months Coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness, and shortness of breath improve
1 year Risk of smoking related heart attack is cut in half
5 years Risks of cancers of the bladder, oral cavity and esophagus drop 50%. Risk of stroke can return to same level as non-smokers
10 years Risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half
15 years Risk of dying from a heart attack is equal to a person who never smoked!

Remember – “A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step. Why not take that first step on June 15? Register on our Facebook page, call the store at 403-932-2500, or mark it on your calendar to attend at 1 pm at the Lions Event Centre. Together we can make Cochrane smoke free!