Your body will begin to repair itself as soon as you stop smoking – and you’ll go on feeling the health benefits for the rest of your life.
20 minutes after stopping your blood pressure and pulse rate will return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer.
8 hrs after stopping nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood will be cut by half and oxygen levels will return to normal. Chances of heart attack start to fall.
24hrs after stopping the level of carbon monoxide in your body will be that of a non-smoker and your lungs will start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.
48hrs after stopping your body is becoming free of nicotine and your sense of taste and smell is improving
72 hours after stopping you should be breathing more easily. Airway passages in the lungs begin to relax. Energy levels increase.
2-12 wks after stopping your circulation is improving, making walking easier
3-9mths after stopping your lung function has increased by up to 10%. That means less coughing and wheezing and fewer breathing problems
5yrs after stopping your risk of having a heart attack is halved