| | And then what?
One of the things that helped me quit was focusing on good things that would come my way as a result. When I had (or have a craving), I try to think about one or more of the good things to come. I incorporated other methods as well, Chantix, the inhaler, exercise, as well.
I found the following on an insurance company's website. I can't vouch for the accuracy, but it sounded reasonable to me.
20 minutes after your last cigarette:
Your blood pressure returns to normal
Your pulse rate drops to normal
Your hand and foot temperature rises to normal
8 hours after your last cigarette:
Your blood carbon monoxide levels drop to normal
Your blood oxygen level increases to normal
1 day after your last cigarette:
Your chance of heart attack and stroke start to decrease
3 to 12 weeks after your last cigarette:
Walking and aerobic exercise become easier
1 month after your last cigarette:
Your circulation improves
You feel more energetic
1 year after your last cigarette:
Your risk of developing coronary heart disease drops by 50%
2 years after your last cigarette:
Your risk of death from heart disease declines by 24%
3 years after your last cigarette:
Your risk of heart attack and stroke approach that of someone who has never smoked.
Good luck to all that are struggling to quit today. Don't give up! You CAN do it. Minute by minute.