Lungs Before and After Quitting Smoking
Smoking nicotine or tobacco is considered a destructive habit. It’s like taking drugs – being extremely unhealthy addiction and everyone knows it, even the poor people who smoke a pack a day. Smokers struggle many times to quit smoking but to no avail. Statistics show that on average, a smoker will succeed in breaking the disgusting habit on or after his/her ninth major attempt. The successful stage of quitting is generally after twenty one days of abstinence as the cravings would have disappeared for sure by now and you have adjusted your life to compensate for it somehow.
Many people seek information on health benefits of before and after quitting smoking online as it has plenty of resources and we will try get to the bottom of some of these issues and major health benefits. Smoking greatly increases your chances of contracting lung cancer and many other cardiovascular diseases. Other than dying early, your other risks include accelerating aging skin, smoker’s lines, crow’s feet and deep wrinkles. The skin becomes thin and loses its collagen and elasticity. Treating the damage can be costly. Usually you will need some type of resurfacing combined with anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers. If you are concerned about maintaining your weight after quitting, you can look into some weight loss programs to keep a healthy diet and exercise regularly. You’ll need something to do after you kick the habit, so it might as well be useful.
Before and after photo
Shows the difference between lung health from a pack a day smoker compared to a smoker’s lungs who has quit for just 90 days. The difference is quite large as the color of the non-smokers lungs now looks quite healthy.
Before quitting smoking
Before quitting smoking you may have not noticed how much money you actually spend on cigarettes. If you calculate it then it’s really enough to buy yourself a cheap running car if you managed to save the money up for an entire year. There are many negatives to smoking; the worst two are the number of bad effects to your overall health and the money the habit costs. When you smoke you have bad breath and whoever you’re kissing will probably find the flavor disgusting if they themselves aren’t smokers.
The smoke of cigarettes stains your fingers if you are a chain smoker, leaving a yellow brownish patch over your index and middle fingers. While smoking you have a much greater chance of getting any type of cancer especially lung cancer because the dangerous chemicals contained in each cigarette alters the cells in your body and can possibly mutate them. You may not have noticed that your lungs have become depressed and your breaths are really low and shallow; breathing oxygen is underrated and you will be surprised how much better you feel after you’ve quit for even a couple of days to a week.
You may not have noticed how much of a negative effect smoking is having on you because you’ve been smoking for so long and have become accustomed to it but behind the lines your body is fighting it with every breath you take. While smoking you are addicted to the depressant feeling it causes your body and mind and your body loves the fact that smoking ciggies makes you calm and settles you down. Even though nicotine seems to be some sort of stimulant it is actually a major depressant and a form of destructive behavior.
While being addicted your chances of having a stroke or heart attack are much higher no matter what your age is. Smoking causes an increase in anxiety; this is because it is a vasoconstrictor. Your blood pressure also goes up each time you have a smoke and you can feel this by the increased heart rate with each breath you take. For whatever reason you may have taken up the habit you are surely regretting the fact now and probably mad at those people who introduced it to you whether it be your close friends of a relative (sometimes even your parents). You may have noticed that you became a little bit more popular because you’re a smoker and found it easier to associate with smokers during a smoke break at work.
A common reason for taking up smoking is that you were rebelling against authority but deep down there is a need of attention that you have a lack of and taking up the smokes helps to relieve this stress. Another fact why we took up smoking in the first place is because we had a lack of experience because if we knew how hard it was to quit and the money it ended up costing you outweighs the positives tenfold and it would have been so much easier in the first place just not having that initial cigarette. If you can monitor your behavior then you will surely have noticed that you smoke more when you are depressed, stressed, nervous about a particular situation affecting your daily life. Smoking can cause headaches, agitation, loss of concentration and a decreased appetite because you are compensating putting something in your mouth and spending your time doing something else.
After a single day
If you have managed to quit smoking for the first day you should congratulate yourself in taking the huge step and going through the anxiety. Try preparing yourself mentally for the first day as much as possible. It is advised you get help by buying a nicotine inhaler and the patches both at once so you have as much support as you need and find the one that works for you. The nicotine inhalers have the best outcome in terms of statistics.
The majority of people find the first day the hardest to get through. This is because the nicotine levels in your body are craving a smoke so much (especially first thing in the morning) that you’ll get really stressed out when you become bored, stressed or you mouths isn’t touching anything for a long time. If you wish to succeed on your first day then one thing you can do is to plan it a week in advanced and be telling yourself “You are not a smoker anymore” for a week. This will enforce positive emotions by having a negative feeling about nicotine the entire week.
Try drinking a lot of water or sipping on water all day on your first day because you will feel the need to have your mouth touching something. Also be sure to tell the people closest to you that you are quitting smoking on a certain day so that you have positive support. They will all feel happy for you when you tell them on the day that you have decided to quit smoking and will all try and support you through it. If you become really stressed and anxious about something then please don’t get mad, rather try talking to someone and whatever you do try stay away from people that smoke because you may feel the need to ask them for a single cigarette and the cycle will start over again and you will feel really disappointed that you gave in to the sanity (or cancer) stick.
After quitting smoking for a day you will notice that you can breathe much better and that your taste buds have become stronger, this is great as food will taste much better. The withdrawal symptoms in the morning on the first day will be extreme if you were a heavy smoker and the best thing to do is to get mad for the reason that nicotine is putting you through all this and will help deter you.
After a week
If you haven’t failed by now then you’ve done really well and better than most. Failure is so common especially after the first day. If you’ve come this far you will surely have noticed that your cravings for tobacco have almost halved and your chances of mood swings have almost completely disappeared. The thing is after you have managed to abstain from tobacco for this long, your lungs will begin cleaning themselves out and you will start to cough for a few weeks if you were a determined smoker. This is quite normal and is a healthy thing and you should make sure you consume lots of water to assist your body in the healing process. Your circulation would have increased greatly in this period and there is a chance of getting headaches every now and then so keep drinking that water and practice relaxation exercises.
After a month
If you’ve come this far then your lung capacity would have increased by 20%. You’ll easily notice drastic changes in such a short while but which may have seemed like a long time. Feel proud of yourself for getting this far and always know if you pick up a single smoke then you will have to start all over again and the depression from taking that smoke will just make you want to smoke more tobacco.
I am 51 years old and I smoked for 26 years. I tried to quit so many times. It was very frustrating on me and my family. I would get very aggravated and nasty during the first week of quitting. I would last a month or two at most and then just light up again. It only takes one smoke to get the habit rolling again. Fortunately, I’ve now quit for the past 6 months. I used nicotine gum to help me. You’re only supposed to use the gum for two months but I now I can’t seem to give that up either. I’m just glad I’m not smoking anymore. It was driving me and my family crazy.
Submitted by Jean on March 21, 2012
The cost of quitting smoking is nil unless you intend on using the nicotine inhalers, patches or chewing gum. Go to your local pharmacy to get a list of prices. The inhalers are known to have the best results.
More before and after photos
Another photo of a smokers lungs vs a non-smoker. But in this one it doesn’t say if the non-smoker has ever smoked before.
And yet another photo of a healthy lung vs a dark toxic smokers lungs. There is a very noticeable difference between the two and all us smokers right now would rather have a healthy lung as pictured above.
A picture of the smoker’s lung saying he’s at least cool and the healthy lung is saying “Right!” making fun of the smoker.
Photo #5 & #6
Specimens from a lab of a non-smoker and a smokers lungs. You can instantly see how toxic the smokers lungs are compared with the non-smoker. If only it was easy to quit most might think.
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