Editor Feb 14 : 17:30
Good News...Smoking. Isn't this an oxymoron? Good news is usually not associated with smoking. Heart disease, emphysema, bad breath and clothes that smell like an ashtray, these are the usual associations. How can there any good news about this habit? Well there is... presuming, of course, that you quit!
The American Cancer Society informs us that as soon as you take your last puff your body begins to go through a series of physiological changes.
- Within 20 minutes. Blood pressure, body temperature and pulse rate will drop to normal.
- Within 8 hours. Smokers breath disappears. The carbon monoxide level in blood drops and the oxygen level rises to normal.
- Within 24 hours. Chances of heart attack decreases.
- Within 48 hours. Nerve endings begin to regroup. Ability to taste and smell improves.
- Within 3 days. Breathing is easier.
- Within 2 to 3 months. Circulation improves. Walking becomes easier. Lung capacity increases up to 30%.
- Within 1 to 9 months. Sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia that sweep debris from the lungs, grow back. Energy increases.
- Within 1 year. Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a person who smokes.
- Within 2 years. Heart attack risk drops to near normal.
- Within 5 years. Lung cancer death rate for average former pack-a-day smoker decreases by almost half. Risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer is half that of a smoker.
- Within 10 years.Lung cancer death rate is similar to that of a person who has never smoked. The precancerous cells are replaced.
- Within 15 years. Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as that of a person who has never smoked.
Isn't it great to know that just as Psalm 139:14 says, we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Even after all the abuse we give our bodies, there is a chance that we can recover what we tried to destroy.