You will start to feel your health improve straight away when you quit smoking.
- 20 minutes - Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer.
- 8 Hours - Oxygen levels in the blood return to normal. Chances of heart attack start to fall.
- 24 Hours - Carbon Monoxide is eliminated from your body. The lungs start to clear out mucous and other debris.
- 48 Hours - Nicotine is no longer found in the body. Taste and smell improves.
- 72 Hours - Breathing becomes easier as the breathing tubes relax. Energy levels increase.
- 2-12 weeks - Circulation improves throughout the body, making walking easier.
- 3-9 months - Breathing problems such as cough, shortness of breath, and wheezing improve. Overall, lung function is increased by 5-10%.
- 5 Years - Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of someone who smokes.
- 10 Years - Risk of lung cancer falls to about half of that of someone who smokes. Risk of a heart attack falls to about the same as someone who has never smoked.
Based on information from the 1990 US Surgeon General’s Report. Helping smokers to quit © Quit 1994.