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Healing Journey

Healthy life of a smoker

By Akanni Adedamola Published 12 months ago 3 min read

Once upon a time, in a bustling city, there lived a man named Jack. He was an avid smoker, indulging in the habit of lighting up a cigarette every chance he got. Unaware of the harmful effects of smoking, he thought it was just a way to unwind and cope with stress. He was part of the 1.3 billion people worldwide who actively smoked, not realizing that each puff released over 7,000 chemicals into his body.

One day, Jack decided it was time for a change. He had heard about the devastating consequences of smoking, and he wanted to give himself a chance to lead a healthier life. With determination in his heart, he took his last drag and stubbed out the cigarette. Little did he know that the journey to a smoke-free life would be filled with surprising transformations.

Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, Jack felt an almost immediate shift. His blood pressure and heart rate began to return to normal as the nicotine-induced epinephrine and norepinephrine effects subsided. He could already sense the positive impact of his decision. His extremities, once cold due to the constricted blood vessels, were now gradually warming up.

As two hours passed, the nicotine cravings began to take their toll on Jack's mood and energy. He experienced moodiness, drowsiness, and tense feelings. Sleep became elusive, as nicotine had been responsible for releasing more dopamine than usual, which played a role in his sleep patterns.

Eight hours after quitting, Jack felt a newfound sense of relief as the inhaled carbon monoxide cleared from his bloodstream. Oxygen levels began to return to normal, allowing his circulatory system to recover from the strain caused by smoking. Jack learned that long-term exposure to carbon monoxide had thickened his blood, leading to higher blood pressure and an increased risk of blood clots.

Within 24 hours of quitting, Jack noticed that he was coughing more frequently. This was his body's way of purging toxins from his lungs, a necessary process for cleansing his respiratory system. Additionally, the risk of developing coronary artery diseases began to decrease significantly.

The journey wasn't easy for Jack, as he reached the 72-hour mark, and nicotine withdrawal peaked. He experienced headaches, nausea, cramps, anxiety, and depression. However, he reminded himself that these symptoms were typical for most addictive substances, including caffeine. He held on, knowing that the worst was almost over.

With each passing month, Jack's body continued to heal. After one month, the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases had already decreased. In three to nine months, his damaged cilia in the lungs were almost fully repaired, helping to eliminate symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath.

One year since he quit smoking, Jack celebrated a significant milestone. The risk of developing heart disease due to arterial formation had decreased by almost half. His lungs were healing, and he felt a renewed sense of vitality and freedom.

As the years passed, Jack's dedication paid off immensely. After ten years, his chances of developing lung cancer were only half of someone who had never quit smoking. In 15 years, the risk of heart attack decreased to that of someone who had never smoked in their entire life.

Jack had undergone a remarkable transformation from a smoker to a healthier individual. While he acknowledged that there might always be some irreversible damage to his lungs, he knew that the benefits of quitting greatly outweighed the initial withdrawal.

In the end, Jack's journey to a smoke-free life served as a testament to the power of determination and the human body's ability to heal. He hoped that his story would inspire others to make the same life-changing decision and avoid the trap of smoking altogether. As he looked back on his challenging but rewarding journey, he knew that the key to a healthier future was to never pick up that first cigarette in the first place. And with that wisdom in mind, Jack embraced his newfound freedom and lived happily ever after.

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Comments (2)

  • Kayleigh Fraser ✨12 months ago

    According to copy leaks this is AI generated.

  • Aerious12 months ago

    Hi Akaani, I follow you. I request you to follow me back. so both get benefit.

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