When you quit smoking, your body immediately starts to experience health benefits.
Alright… You know that in general, quitting smoking has loads of advantages, but do you know how soon you can start feeling the changes? In fact, you can enjoy the health benefits of quitting smoking in as little as 20 minutes. And those health benefits keep on coming for years to come. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.
Here is a timeline of some of the health benefits you’ll experience when you quit. (Click here to download our timeline graphics!)
20 minutes: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops back to more normal levels
8 hours: Excess carbon monoxide is gone from your blood
24 hours: Your risk for a heart attack begins to drop
5 days: Most of the nicotine is out of your body
1 week: Your sense of taste and smell improves
1 month: You have better blood flow and see improved skin tone
3 months: Your lung function is increased by 30 percent
9 months: Your risk of pregnancy complications is the same as a non-smoker
1 year: Your risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half
2-5 years: Your stroke risk falls to that of a non-smoker
5 years: Chances of getting mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder cancer are cut in half
These are just a few of the health benefits you get when you quit smoking for good. And of course, the longer you stay smokefree, the lower your risk of getting a smoking-related illness is than if you continued smoking. Add that to all of the other reasons to stop smoking (like more money in the bank or a healthier family) and you’ll have a seemingly endless supply of motivation to quit and stay quit!
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