Did you stop smoking? Your body’s effects will feel up to 15 years later


ALL we know how much smoking is harmful. It can cause cancer and cause serious damage to the heart and lungs.

Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do, but scientists say it may take up to 15 years for the body to recover completely from damage caused by nicotine, tobacco and other harmful substances.

A study conducted by the Americans showed that the body needs much more than the previously estimated five years to fully recover from smoking.

Scientists have analyzed data from 8700 people who have been collected for more than 50 years and have come to the conclusion that it takes 16 years to reduce the risk of heart attack and other forms of cardiovascular disease.

Over the past years, it has been shown that 20 minutes after stopping smoking, heart rate and blood pressure fall to normal levels. After 12 hours of smoking cessation, the level of carbon monoxide in the blood begins to stabilize, and after a week, the risk of heart attack begins to decrease as the blood vessels are not exposed to the dangers of smoking.

However, the risk of heart disease is much longer.

“The real risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases is decreasing, but in long-term smokers, there have been changes in the heart and lungs that may not even normalize at all,” said researcher Meredith Duncan for Daily Mail.

The effects of smoking on the lungs still need to be further investigated.

“We want to deal with this topic again, and now we will also include genetic data in the trials to assess the interaction of genes and smoking habits for the risk of lung cancer,” adds Duncan.

Governments in many countries are stepping up efforts to stop people smoking, and the most common measure they use for this purpose is raising the price of cigarettes. Thus, a cigarette box in the United Kingdom by 2020 should cost 20 pounds or about 170 kuna. In Croatia, the plan is to raise up to two kunas by the end of the year.

This means that by stopping smoking, other than doing something useful for your own health, you can fix the bank balance of your account.

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