What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking?

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Smoking is bad and anytime is the right time to quit smoking.

In a little time as 20 minutes after you quit smoking, you will start to feel its benefits.

In addition you will find how many days it will take for your body to recuperate from the risks and dangers of smoking.

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20 Minutes After You Quit

Just a 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will start to go back towards normal levels. Your blood pressure will also normalize in 20 minutes.

Two Hours After Quitting

After two hours without a cigarette, your blood pressure and heart rate will decreased to near normal levels. Also nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually start after 2 hours. These includes increased appetite, trouble sleeping and anxiety.

12 Hours After Quitting

It’s been 12 hours of quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to lower levels and blood oxygen levels increase to normal.

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First Day After Quitting

When 24 hours will go without cigarette, the carbon monoxide, which prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to your tissues, cells and organs have been removed from your body. Also the mucus and smoking debris will begin to clear from your lungs, which will make breathing easier.

2-3 Weeks After Quitting

2-3 weeks and you haven’t smoked, you will be able to exercise and perform physical activities without feeling sick and winded. This is because of a number of regenerative processes that will begin to happen in your body.

These processes include the following:

  • Your circulation will improve
  • Your lung function will also improve.
  • Your lungs may start to feel clear and start breathing easier.

3-5 Months After Quitting

Around 3 months your circulation will have improved. Also any cough or wheezing should have mostly cleared up. Your lung function should have increased by around 10%, compared to when you were smoking.

5 Years After Quitting

After a few years, your risk of long-term disease begins to fall. Five years after, the possibility of a heart attack is almost half compared to someone who is still smoking.

Within 15 years 

Your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a person who has never smoked.

Long-term benefits

Non-smokers, on average, live 14 years longer than smokers.


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