After You Quit

According to the American Cancer Society; These are the changes that take place in your body once you stop smoking.

Within 20 minutes

  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal
  • Pulse rate drops to normal rate
  • Blood pressure drops to normal

After 12 hours

  • Pulse rate will slow and skin temperature increases
  • Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
  • Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal

After 24 hours

  • Chance of heart attack decreases due to improved cardiac function and circulation
  • Fine motor coordination will improve

After 48 hours

  • Nerve endings start regrowing
  • Ability to smell and taste are enhanced

After 72 hours

  • Bronchial tubes relax,making breathing easier
  • Lung capacity increases
  • Circulation improves,walking becomes easier,stamina and vigor increases

Within 2 weeks to 3 months

  • Circulation,stamina and walking improves
  • Lung function increases up to 30%

1 to 9 months

  • Coughing,sinus congestion,fatigue and shortness of breath decreases
  • Cilia regrow in the lungs increasing ability to handle mucus and infections
  • Body’ overall energy increases

1 year

  • Risk of heart disease ¬†decreases 90%
  • Heart will have returned to nearly normal condition

10 to 15 years

  • Risk of lung,tongue and throat cancer will be roughly the same as if you never smoked