8 changes that happen to your body when you stop vaping

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Vaping is harmful to your lungs and your entire body. This is also evidenced by a study that describes the changes in the body when you stop vaping.

It's time to stop to vape! Perhaps the following evidence published by the Reader's Digest platform will convince you of this.

20 minutes after stopping vaping: cardiovascular improvements

In just 20 minutes, "your heart rate returns to normal, your blood pressure drops and your circulation begins to normalize," emphasizes Nikola Djordjevic, MD, project manager During Alert Help. Your breathing also improves. According to research published in 2018 in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public, soon after stopping vaping, breathing will become less difficult and airflow will become easier.

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A few hours later: the nicotine crash

Nicotine is addictive, and symptoms of acute nicotine withdrawal can be both psychological and physical. The former may include nicotine cravings, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, irritability and anxiety, while the physical ones include headaches, sweating, tremors, insomnia, increased appetite, etc. These are the first effects you're likely to feel, often within four to 24 hours of stopping. These effects will peak around day three and will slowly wear off over the next three to four weeks.

One day later: lower risk of heart attack

According to a 2018 study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, daily vaping doubles the risk of heart attack. But if you quit, the risk goes down quickly. "After just one day, the risk of a heart attack begins to decrease due to a decrease in blood pressure, an increase in the level of oxygen in the blood, and a decrease in the negative impact on cholesterol levels and the formation of blood clots," says Dr. Djordjevic.

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Two days later: the senses

Vaping, like smoking cigarettes, can dull your senses and reduce your ability to smell and taste. After just 48 hours without vaping, you may begin to notice that your ability to taste and smell food has improved.

Three days later: Nicotine leaves your body

"Nicotine leaves your body on the third day, so withdrawal symptoms peak at that time," says Dr. Djordjevic.

After three months: blood circulation improves

Nicotine in cigarettes narrows blood vessels, according to a 2016 study published in the journal Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine. When you stop vaping like this, your blood circulation will slowly improve as the blood vessels will return to their normal diameter.

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After nine months: your lungs are stronger again

"After nine months, lung health improves significantly due to the restoration of microscopic structures in the lungs that help expel mucus and fight infections," says Dr. Djordjevic. This could significantly reduce the likelihood of certain infections and complications from illnesses such as influenza and pneumonia.

After one year: heart attack risk is halved

Now that your blood vessels are returning to their normal size, your heart rate is safe again, and your blood pressure is lower, your risk of heart attack is lower than when you were vaping. "After one year, the cardiovascular risk decreases by 50 percent," adds Dr. Djordjevic.

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