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.