We all know smoking is bad for you. But did you realize how effective your body is at repairing itself? Even if you’ve been a lifelong smoker, it is never too late to quit. In this infographic, our experts explain how your lungs – and the rest of your body – begin recovering beginning in less than a half hour after you quit.
After 20 Minutes
Within 20 to 30 minutes after your last cigarette, you will experience increased circulation throughout your body, as well as lower blood pressure.
After 8 Hours
If you can make it up to eight hours without having a smoke, your body’s carbon monoxide levels will being to neutralize in the blood as well as the levels of oxygen.
After 24 Hours
After 24 hours, the risks of a heart attack are severely lowered. See how much can change after just one day off of tobacco? Although your irritability levels might be rising by now, your body is beginning to cleanse itself.
After 48 Hours
After two days of not smoking, you’ll have heightened senses of smell and taste!. With everything smelling more fragrant and tasting more delicious, this might be one of the most noticeable changes.
After 2/3 Weeks
2 weeks to 3 months without smoking, and your lungs functionality will increase by 30%. As your blood circulation increases, you’ll find it easier to walk long distances without losing your breath.
After 1/9 Months
In less than a year, the number of benefits you’ll experience from quitting smoking will be huge. In addition to all the previously mentioned benefits, you’ll also see a decrease in coughing and sinus congestion.
Cancer.org says that tiny hairs in your lungs will regain normal function and they will be better able to clear mucus and reduce infection.
You’ll also feel an overall increase in energy.
After 1 Year
One year without a smoke and your chance of heart disease will be two times likely than other smokers.
After 5 Years
After 5 years time, the risk of mouth, throat, and esophageal cancer will be cut in half as well as the rate of lung cancer fatality being twice as low that that of a daily smoker.
After 10 Years
As you may know, lung cancer is one of the biggest health concerns for smokers.Ten years after putting out your last cigarette, your lung cancer risk decreases by half.
Your risk of larynx and pancreatic cancers decrease as well.
After 15 Years
When 15 years have passed, the risk of heart disease will be the same as if you had never been a smoker!
Withdrawal is very real and you will begin to feel it merely 2 hours after your last smoke.
Agitation, anxiety, tension, or frustration will all be correlated with trying to put off the cravings.
After three days, the nicotine will have completely left your body and side effects will be in full effect. You may experience symptoms like nausea, cramps, sweating, and headaches. This is the point where quitting is at its hardest so if you make it beyond this point, reward yourself with something to keep you motivated.
Your body, the environment, and your loved ones will be happy with the decision you have made to quit. You will feel more like yourself and will also be saving money by not indulging in your habits. Good luck!