What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

Right now is a great time to quit smoking. Why? In as little as 20 minutes you’ll start to feel the benefits of not smoking.

Curious how long nicotine stays in your body? What types of nicotine withdrawal symptoms you’ll have? Want to find out how many tobacco-free days it will take for your body to recuperate and no longer be at risk of the dangers of smoking?stop smoking timeline

Here bellow is the “stop smoking timeline”:


20 minutes

Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.

8 hours

The level of carbon monoxide (a poisonous gas) in your bloodstream will be cut by half, and oxygen levels will return to normal.

48 hours

There is no nicotine in the body.Your nerve endings will start to re-grow, and your ability to smell and taste is enhanced(Cleveland Clinic, 2007).

72 hours

Breathing becomes easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.

10 days to 2 weeks

Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in your gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user. Blood circulation in the body will increase and will continue to improve over the next 10 weeks.

1 to 9 months

Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.Any smoking related coughs, wheezing and breathing problems, sinus congestion, fatigue has decreased. Increasing the capacity of your lungs by 10%.  Your body’s overall energy has increased.

1 year

Your excess risk of coronary heart disease, heart attack and stroke has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.

5 years

Risk of getting a stroke will become the same as for non-smokers.

10 to 15 years

Your risk of heart attack,lung cancer,pancreatic cancer,developing diabetes has declined to that of a non-smoker.(2005 study)(2001 study)

source: netdoctor.co.uk
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