What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

What Happens When You Stop Smoking?


20 Minutes

  • Your blood pressure returns to its usual level
  • Your pulse rate slows to normal
  • Your circulation has improved enough that your hands and feet warm to normal temperature

4 Hours

  • Half the carbon monoxide from your last cigarette has left your bloodstream

8 Hours

  • Your carbon monoxide from your last cigarette is now gone from your bloodstream
  • Your blood now carries the normal amount of oxygen

24 Hours

  • Your chance of a heart attack is lower

48 Hours

  • Damaged nerve endings start to regrow
  • Your sense of smell and taste have improved

2 Weeks- 1 Month

  • Your circulation is better
  • Walking is easier
  • Lung function increases up to 30%

1-9 Months

  • You cough less
  • Your sinuses are clearer
  • You have more energy
  • You don’t become short of breath as easily
  • Your cilia regrow in your lungs, so you will have less phlegm and less infection

1 Year

  • Your heart attack risk has fallen to the halfway mark between that of a current smoker & that of ┬ásomeone who never smoked

5 Years

  • If you used to smoke a pack a day, you have now cut your risk of dying of a lung cancer in half
  • Your risk of a heart attack and stroke is approaching that of a nonsmoker
  • You have cut your risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer by half

10 Years

  • Your chance of dying of lung cancer is almost as low as a nonsmoker
  • Your risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, bladder, kidney and pancreatic cancer continues to fall

10-15 Years

  • Your risk of dying of any cause is almost the same as that of someone who never smoked


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