This is how much – and how quickly – you’ll reap the benefits of quitting.
Smoking damages every organ in the body. These are the major advantages of giving up smoking:
After 20 minutes:Your blood pressure and pulse are back to normal and your circulation has improved.
After 12 hours:The oxygen supply to your blood returns to normal.
After 24 hours:Your breath smells better. The carbon monoxide from the cigarette smoke has been eliminated from your body.
After 2 days:Your body is now free of nicotine.
After 3 days:Breathing is easier. Your risk of contracting respiratory infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia is reduced.
After 1 week:Your senses of smell and taste are improving. More air, less coughing and sputum.
From 2 weeks:Your circulation is improving, and this improves your performance during sports and sex.
After 3-9 months:Positive effects on lung function are already detectable.
After 1 year:Your risk of developing heart disease (e.g. heart attack) is reduced by half.
After 5 years:Your risk of suffering a stroke is reduced by half. Your risk of developing oral, oesophageal and bladder cancer is reduced by half.
After 10 years:Your risk of developing lung cancer is now the same as that for a non-smoker. Your risk of suffering a stroke is the same as that for a non-smoker.
After 15 years:Your risk of developing heart disease (e.g. heart attack) is the same as that for a non-smoker. The mortality rate is almost the same as that for a person who has never smoked.