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Quit Smoking Timeline

What happens to your body when you quit smoking?

There are many benefits when you quit smoking. Your body starts healing itself as soon as you take your last puff! Here is a timeline that lists some of the major benefits of quitting smoking.

20 Minutes After You Stop Smoking

  • Blood pressure drops to near the level before your last cigarette.
  • Pulse rate drops to near the level before your last cigarette.

8 Hours After You Stop Smoking

  • Carbon Monoxide level in blood decreases to normal.
  • Oxygen level in blood climbs to normal.

24 Hours After You Stop Smoking

  • Possibility of having a heart attack lessens.

2 Days After You Stop Smoking

  • Senses of smell and taste start to improve.

2 Weeks to 3 Months After You Stop Smoking

  • Circulation gets better.
  • Lung function improves.

1 Month to 9 Months After You Stop Smoking

  • Coughing decreases.
  • Sinus congestion decreases.
  • You get less fatigued.
  • Shortness of breath decreases.
  • Cilia in your lungs start functioning normally again.

1 Year After You Stop Smoking

  • Extra risk of coronary heart disease is about half of what it would be if you had continued to smoke.

5 Years After You Stop Smoking

  • In 5 to 15 years your risk of stroke is decreased to that of a nonsmoker's.

10 Years After You Stop Smoking

  • Risk of dying of lung cancer is about half of what it would be if you had continued to smoke.
  • Risk of cancers in other parts of your body (mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidneys, pancreas) decreases.

15 Years After You Stop Smoking

  • Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as it would be had you never smoked.
  • Your risk of death is nearly the same as it would be had you never smoked.

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