20 MinutesBlood pressure drops while heart rate and circulation normalize
Almost immediately after stopping smoking your blood pressure starts to go down and your blood oxygen levels start to go up.
24 hoursChances of having a heart attack decrease
Smoking can double your risk of a heart attack. Lower blood pressure and increased blood oxygen levels help reduce this risk.
2 daysSense of taste and smell start improving
Smoking can deaden your senses resulting in a reduced capacity to process smells and tastes.
3 DaysNicotine has left the body
Withdrawal symptoms on, or around, day three are often at their highest due to the lack of nicotine in your body.
1 to 3 MonthsCirculation improves and exercising becomes easier
When you quit smoking your lung capacity will increase. This additional capacity makes breathing easier.
9 MonthsThe lungs' ability to fight infection improves dramatically
This is thanks to the renewal of alveoli which are tiny air sacs within the lungs that facilitate the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen.
1 Year50% reduction in risk of smoking-related heart attack
As your blood vessels return to their pre-smoking size your blood pressure is reduced along with your risk of a heart attack.
5 YearsRisk of having a stroke is now reduced to that of a non-smoker
Smokers have up to a 70% higher risk of a stroke. Quitting lowers that risk almost immediately, with time increasing the benefits.
10 YearsRisk of dying from lung cancer will decrease by half
Your risk of lung cancer lessens as your body continues to heal with time. The more distance from smoking the better.
20 YearsAs far as your body is concerned it’s like you never smoked
Yes it took 20 years but look at you now! Your risk of dying from a heart attack is the same as a person who has never smoked.