This is how much – and how quickly – you’ll reap the benefits.
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 8 hours:Your cells are being supplied normally again with oxygen and the risk of a heart attack is decreasing.
After 24 hours:The carbon monoxide from the cigarette smoke has been completely eliminated from your body. Your lungs are starting to break down mucus and smoke residues.
After 48 hours:Your body is now free of nicotine. Your sense of smell and taste is improving.
After 72 hours:You find it easier to breathe. Your bronchi relax, you feel more energetic.
After 2–12 weeks:Your body's general circulation is improving, which will improve your performance during sports and sex.
After 3–9 months:Breathing difficulties, shortness of breath and gasping for air are becoming much less of a problem. Your lung function is improving.
After 5 years:Your risk of suffering a heart attack is now only half that of a person who smokes.
After 10 years:Your risk of developing lung cancer is now only half that of a person who smokes.