Smoking is bad for your health. If you decide to quit this bad habit, your body will start to heal and change.
Healing begins – 20 minutes after your last smoke, your blood pressure and pulse drop to normal.
Return to normal – After 8 hours, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal, and the oxygen level rises to normal.
Avoid an attack – After 24 hours, your chances of a heart attack decrease.
Regain your senses – At the 48-hour mark, your senses of smell and taste are enhanced, and your nerve endings start regrowing.
Get your legs back – Between 2 weeks and 3 months, walking becomes easier, your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30 percent.
Live and breathe – At 1 to 9 months, your body’s overall energy increases. Coughing, sinus congestion and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia regrow in the lungs to help clean them and reduce the chance of infections.
Save your heart – At 1 year, your excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
Lower your risk – After 5 years, your risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer is half that of a smoker’s. Stroke risk is the same as a nonsmoker’s, and the lung cancer death rate is almost half that of average smokers (one pack a day).
Breathe easier – After 10 years, the lung cancer death rate is comparable to a nonsmoker’s. Precancerous cells are replaced, and the risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, bladder, kidney and pancreatic cancer decreases.
Turn back the clock – Congratulations. 15 years after quitting, your risk of heart disease is the same as a nonsmoker’s.