When you quit smoking, your body begins to function differently. In the short term, your heart rate and blood pressure adjust themselves. As the years go by, your risks for cancer and heart disease get closer to those of non-smokers. This calculator can give you specific dates for when all these things happen if you were to quit right now.
Or, you know, tomorrow. Plug in the date you’ll smoke your last smoke, and check out the results. I gave myself an imaginary smoking habit and discovered I’ll gain two years of my life back (it’s an average, okay?) if I were to quit today. I’d be done with the worst of the withdrawal symptoms in early June, and by 2028 my risk of lung cancer would be half of what it would be if I still smoked.
You have to put in a few numbers to get your results: how much you smoke, how long you’ve been smoking, and how old you are. The calculator also asks if you’re male or female because studies have found some of the changes happen at different rates: women’s risk of diabetes returns to normal after five years, while men take ten.
This is all in addition to the money you’ll save by not buying cigarettes anymore. Quitting isn’t easy, but knowing the benefits can help you work up the courage to give it a try.
Smoking Recovery Calculator [Omni Calculator]