Unfortunately, you can’t go back in time and NOT have that first dip or chew that got you addicted. The next best thing is quitting right now today. While you’ll never be a person who can say that they never dipped, you can immediately become an “ex-dipper”. The following figures will show how over time you can become free from the nicotine that flows through your veins.
20 Minutes After Quitting:
- Blood pressure drops to a level close to that before the last dip.
- The temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.
- Ulcer risk drops after quitting.
- Peripheral artery disease goes down after quitting
- Low birth weight baby risk drops to normal if you quit before pregnancy or during your first trimester the benefits of quitting
Two Weeks to Three Months After Quitting:
- Circulation improves.
One Year After Quitting:
- Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a dipper.
A Few Years After Quitting:
- Cervical cancer risk is reduced a few years after quitting
Five Years After Quitting:
- Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-dipper in 5-15 years after quitting.
Ten Years After Quitting:
- Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidneys, and pancreas decrease.
15 Years after Quitting:
- Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-dipper.
It is never too late. You can increase your chance of a healthy recovery from surgery by quitting dipping surgery – the sooner, the better.
© John R. Polito 2016
The original article has been modified to be more relevant for dippers and chewers.