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Timeline of what happens to your body when you quit vaping

Timeline of what happens to your body when you quit vaping

Evidence suggests vaping is more dangerous than we first thought

As of last year, a staggering 4.7 million Brits admitted to vaping.

Now with the New Year upon us, there's no better time to ditch it.

According to a study, the habit appears to be most popular with those aged between 16 to 24 years old.

E-cigarettes were first advertised for those looking to quit smoking tobacco products, but research by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) has since shown that one of the main reasons some choose to vape is to help them quit smoking altogether.

With the concerning figures in mind, people are being urged to ditch their e-cigarettes as there's some unhealthy side effects that come with the habit.

From lung disease to heart disease, it can increase a person's chances of developing debilitating health issues.

In contrast, your body can react positively to quitting vaping; with some positive side effects kicking in within minutes.

4.7 million Brits admitted to vaping.
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Nikola Djordjevic MD – project manager at Med Alert Help – told The Healthy that even after just 20 minutes, 'your heart rate returns to normal, your blood pressure drops, and your circulation starts to normalise'.

Your breathing may also improve, with Caleb Backe, a certified health and wellness expert for Maple Holistics, stating: "When you quit vaping, you should find that your breathing becomes less laboured and your airflow is clearer."

And if that weren't incredible enough, apparently your risk of heart disease falls within just 24 hours.

The outlet pointed to a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine which showed that people who smoked e-cigarettes nearly doubled their heart attack risk when compared with non-smokers.

But fret not, as Djordjevic went on to say: "After just one day, your heart attack risk starts to decrease."

She explained that this is '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'.

31 percent of vapers said they do it to help them quit smoking altogether.
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After one month, the nicotine will be well out of your system – this takes around three days – and your lungs will start to recover.

Again, although vaping isn't as damaging to the lungs as regular cigarettes, it still involves breathing in chemicals and can therefore make breathing more difficult or make existing conditions worse.

It's yet another reason why kicking the habit may be worth doing sooner rather than later.

"After one month, your lung capacity improves," added Djordjevic. "There’s noticeably less shortness of breath and coughing.

"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."

And after one year? Your risk of heart disease will have halved, according to the doctor.

It might be time to kick the habit.

She went on to outline the potential benefits after 10 to 15 years, stating: "After a decade, lung cancer risk is reduced by 50 percent, as well as the risk of pancreatic, mouth, and throat cancer.

"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."

One of the major downsides of quitting is, of course, withdrawal symptoms, which will be more noticeable if you're vaping liquids with high nicotine content.

You may experience a variety of symptoms, such as cravings, trouble sleeping, difficulty concentrating, feeling restless, irritability, increased hunger and headaches.

Djordjevic said these will hit a peak on day three, 'and gradually decrease during the following three to four weeks'.

She added: "So it will take around a month to break the habit."

However, with the right strategy and with the health benefits in mind, there's no reason why you can't quit vaping for good, one less puff at a time.

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