What Happens To Your Body When You Quit Smoking?

Everyone knows the danger of smoking, but many keep doing it. Most smokers find it more enjoyable than worrying about their health. But it is worth noting that there are physiological impacts within minutes of putting out your final cigarette.

With any luck, this list will give a smoker or two motivation to quit.

  1. In the first 20 minutes after you quit, your blood pressure returns to its normal level.
  2. After 8 hours, the level of carbon monoxide in your bloodstream will be halved, and oxygen levels will return to normal.
  3. In 48 hours, your risk of heart attack will decrease and the nicotine will be out of your body. Smell and taste will begin to return to normal.
  4. After 72 hours, your airways relax and energy increases.
  5. After 2 weeks, your circulation will improve and continue to improve over the next 10 weeks.
  6. In 3-9 months, most respiratory problems decrease, like coughing and difficulty breathing, and the lungs increase their capacity 10%.
  7. After a year, the risk of heart attack is doubly reduced.
  8. After 5 years, the risk of stroke is that of a non-smoker.
  9. After 10 years, the chance of getting lung cancer is the same as a non-smoker.
  10. After 15 years, you’ll be equally at risk of heart attack as a non-smoker.

So the benefits are clearly there, starting almost immediately.

Source: American Cancer Society

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