The body’s ability to mend itself after quitting dip is a beautiful thing to behold.
|Within …||You can expect …|
|20 minutes||… your blood pressure and pulse rate to return to normal. The temperature of your hands and feet will also have returned to normal.|
|8 hours||… your blood oxygen levels to have increased to normal limits and carbon monoxide levels to have dropped to normal.|
|24 hours||…your risk of sudden heart attack to have substantially decreased.|
|48 hours||… nerve ending to start healing and your sense of smell and taste to begin returning to normal.|
|72 hours||… 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.|
|1 year||… your excess risk of coronary heart disease to drop to less than half that of a Chewer.|
|5 years||… your risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-Chewer at 5-15 years after quitting.|
|10 years||… 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.|
|15 years||… 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.