12 Things That Happen to Your Body When You Stop Vaping
Evidence is stacking up that vaping, once thought to be less harmful than smoking cigarettes, causes lung damage—and can be deadly. It’s also addictive, making it hard for anyone who has started to now stop. Just know that the minute you kick the habit, your body will feel the difference, and the benefits start almost immediately.
After five years: Stroke risk is significantly lower
The long-term effects of better heart health and lower blood pressure grants you another significant benefit: lower stroke risk. Compared to nonsmokers, e-cigarette users have a 71 percent high risk of stroke, a study found. Quitting can lower that risk almost immediately, but the risks continue to fall with each passing calendar month.
A decade later: Lower cancer risks
Recent research suggests e-cigarettes and vaping may lead to DNA changes and genetic mutations that can increase the risk of cancer. So the longer you avoid e-cigarettes, the healthier your body will be. “After a decade, lung cancer risk is reduced by 50 percent, as well as the risk of pancreatic, mouth, and throat cancer,” Dr. Djordjevic says. “After 15 years, your risk of developing coronary heart disease becomes the same as a nonsmoker’s. The same goes for the risk of developing pancreatic cancer.”
20 years later: It’s like you never vaped
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There will come a day that the bad habit of vaping won’t have any lasting impact on your body and your health. “After 20 years, your risk factors will be similar to those who have never smoked or vaped.” If you’re ready to kick the habit, ex-smokers offer their best advice for quitting cigarettes.