Quit Smoking Benefits Between One and Nine Months

Quit Smoking Benefits During the First Nine Months

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Physical Improvements between 1 to 9 months smoke-free:

Starting as early as a month after you quit smoking and continuing for the next several months, you may notice significant improvements in your respiratory health:

  • less coughing
  • less shortness of breath
  • sinus pain and congestion improve

It's important to remember that healing from nicotine addiction is a process, and while some improvements happen quickly, others will come more gradually.

My own sense of smell took a dramatic jump in sensitivity 8 months after I quit smoking. It surprised me to experience this improvement so many months into cessation, and reinforced the truth about the gradual nature of recovery from this addiction.

Psychological Improvements

Your sense of empowerment will probably start to grow during this phase of smoking cessation. Quitting tobacco is a confidence booster, and that has the potential to bring positive change to other areas of your life as well.

Stay the course.  While noticeable benefits begin to emerge during this time period, smoke-free life is still new and fragile.  Protect and nurture your quit program through education about what to expect as you recover from nicotine addiction.

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    For all of the work it takes to clear the many associations we have between smoking and our lives,  it is a must. Breaking those connections and replacing them with healthy responses is part of the process of recovery from nicotine addiction.  

    The deep sense of control we gain over our own destiny makes the discomforts of smoking cessation seem like a small price to pay.

     Stick with it.  There is freedom on the other side of healing.

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    2004 Surgeon General's Report: Poster: Within 20 Minutes of Quitting 27 May 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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