Ever Wonder What Happens to Your Body the Moment You Stop Smoking?

Source: www.quitsmokingsupport.com

Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continues for years.

20 MINUTES

    • Blood pressure drops to normal.
    • Pulse rate drops to normal.
    • Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.

8 HOURS

    • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
    • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

24 HOURS

    • Chance of heart attack decreases.

48 HOURS

    • Nerve endings start regrowing.
    • Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS

    • Circulation improves.
    • Walking becomes easier.
    • Lung function increases up to 30%.

1 TO 9 MONTHS

    • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
    • Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection
    • Body’s overall energy increases.

1 YEAR

    • Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

5 YEARS

    • Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half.
    • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting.
    • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker’s.

10 YEARS

    • Lung cancer death rate similar to that of nonsmokers.
    • Precancerous cells are replaced.
    • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

15 YEARS

  • Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.