There are 12 things that happen to your body when you stop vaping?
Evidence is stacking up that vaping, once thought to be less harmful than smoking cigarettes, causes lung damage-and can be deadly. It's also addictive, making it hard for anyone who has started to now stop. Just know that the minute you kick the habit, your body will feel the difference, and the benefits start almost immediately.
In as little as 20 minutes
, your heart rate returns to normal, your blood pressure drops, and your circulation starts to normalize.
A few hours later
, nicotine withdrawals-- The psychological symptoms can include cravings for nicotine, mood swings, trouble concentrating, irritability, and anxiety, he says. Physical symptoms include "headaches, sweating, tremors, insomnia, increased appetite, abdominal cramps, and constipation," Dr. Djordjevic says.
One day later, heart attack risk falls--
According to one
daily e-cigarette doubles a person's risk for a heart attack. If you quit, however, the risk begins to fall very quickly. "After just one day, your heart attack risk starts to decrease thanks to the lowering of blood pressure, rising blood oxygen levels, and reducing the negative influence on cholesterol levels and the formation of blood clots,"
Two days later, senses begin to improve-
Vaping, like cigarette smoking, can blunt your senses, reducing your ability to smell and taste. After just 48 hours without a puff, you may begin to notice your ability to taste and smell food has improved. Nicotine affects more than your brain; new research suggests
nicotine can raise your blood sugar
Three days later, nicotine is out of the body-
If you haven't had nicotine withdrawals yet, you may be experiencing them by day three. Symptoms may include headache, sweating, abdominal cramping, or nicotine cravings.
One month later: Lungs begin to show how much healthier they are--
Smokers often have a nagging cough or make a wheezing sound when they breathe that many refer to as a smoker's cough. Smoking even e-cigarettes can badly impair your lung health and make fighting off infections difficult. Quitting, however, will help your lungs rebound.
After three months: Blood circulation has improved--
Nicotine in cigarettes constricts the blood vessels in your skin and around your heart,
says. The nicotine in an e-cigarette may be just as harmful. However, after you quit, your blood circulation will begin to improve, as blood vessels return to their normal diameter.
After nine months: Your lungs can fight infections again--
"After nine months, lung health improves significantly thanks to the renewal of microscopic hair-like structures inside the lungs that help push out mucus and fight infections," Dr. Djordjevic says. This could significantly reduce your likelihood of some infections and complications from illnesses like the flu and pneumonia.
After one year: Your risk of a heart attack is cut in half--
Now that your blood vessels are returning to normal size, your heart rate is back to a safe pace, and your blood pressure is lowered, your risk for a heart attack is lower than while you were still vaping. "After one year, cardiovascular risk reduces by 50 percent," Dr. Djordjevic says. If you think you're too young to have a heart attack, think again;
this woman had a heart attack at 21
After five years: Stroke risk is significantly lower--
The long-term effects of better heart health and lower blood pressure grants you another significant benefit: lower stroke risk. Compared to nonsmokers, e-cigarette users have a 71 percent high risk of stroke, a
found. Quitting can lower that risk almost immediately, but the risks continue to fall with each passing calendar month.
A decade later, lower cancer risks-- Recent
suggests e-cigarettes and vaping may lead to DNA changes and genetic mutations that can increase the risk of cancer. So the longer you avoid e-cigarettes, the healthier your body will be. "After 10 years, lung cancer risk is reduced by 50 percent, as well as the risk of pancreatic, mouth, and throat cancer." And After 15 years, your risk of developing coronary heart disease becomes the same as a nonsmoker's. The same goes for the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
Twenty years later, it's like you never vaped-- There will come a day that the bad habit of vaping won't have any lasting impact on your body and your health. "After 20 years, your risk factors will be similar to those who have never smoked or vaped." If you're ready to kick the habit,
ex-smokers offer their best advice for quitting cigarettes: