The body’s ability to mend itself after quitting dip is a beautiful thing to behold.
|You can expect …
|… your blood pressure and pulse rate to return to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet will also have returned to normal.
|… your blood oxygen levels to have increased to normal limits.
|…your risk of sudden heart attack to have substantially decreased.
|… nerve ending to start healing and your sense of smell and taste to begin returning to normal.
|… your entire body to test 100% nicotine-free with over 90% of all nicotine metabolites to have now passed through your urine. You can also expect the symptoms of chemical withdrawal to have peaked in intensity.
|10 days to 2 weeks
|… your body to have adjusted to the physical functioning without nicotine and the 3,500 particles and more than 500 toxins present in each chew.
|1 to 9 months
|… your circulation to have improved substantially, any sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath to have decreased. Your body’s overall energy will have increased.
|… your excess risk of coronary heart disease to drop to less than half that of a Chewer.
|… your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-Chewer at 5-15 years after quitting.
|… your risk of death from cancer to have decreased by almost half if you were an average Chewer (one can a day). Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is now half that of a Chewer’s.
|… your risk of coronary heart disease to now be that of a person who has never chewed. Your overall risk of death has returned to nearly that of a person who has never chewed.
Sources for the above stop chewing recovery data include the 1990 U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on the “Health Benefits of Chewing Cessation, ” U.S. National Institute of Health, Medline Plus
© Joel Spitzer 2005
The original article has been modified to be more relevant for dippers and chewers.