Physical benefits to stopping smoking
● Stopping smoking can significantly improve your health in ways you might not
expect.212223 Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some
are longer term:
o After 20 minutes: Pulse rate starts to return to normal.
o After 8 hours: Oxygen levels are recovering and harmful carbon monoxide in
the blood is reduced by half.
o After 48 hours: The body has flushed out all carbon monoxide, lungs start to
clear out mucus and ability to taste and smell is improved.
o After 72 hours: Bronchial tubes begin to relax, breathing becomes easier and
energy levels increase.
o After 2-12 weeks: Blood is pumping to the heart and muscles better because
circulation has improved.
o After 3-9 months: Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung
function increases by up to 10%
o After 1 year: Risk of heart attack has halved compared to a smoker. And
research suggests that people who have quit for a year are happier than
those who continue to smoke.
o After 10 years: Risk of death from lung cancer falls to
half that of a smoker.
o After 15 years: Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has
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