Stop Smoking Infographic

What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

After 20 minutes

  • Your blood pressure returns to its usual level
  • Your pulse rate slows to normal
  • Your circulation has improved enough that your hands and feet warm to normal temperature

After 4 hours

  • Half the carbon monoxide from your last cigarette has left your bloodstream
  • Your carbon monoxide from your last cigarette is now gone from your bloodstream

After 8 hours

  • Your blood now carries the normal amount of oxygen

After 24 hours

  • Your chance of a heart attack is lower

After 48 hours

  • Damaged nerve endings start to regrow
  • Your sense of smell and taste have improved

After 2 weeks-1 month

  • Your circulation is better
  • Walking is easier
  • Lung function increases up to 30%

After 1-9 months

  • You cough less
  • Your sinuses are clearer
  • You have more energy
  • You don’t become short of breath as easily
  • You cilia regrow in your lungs, so you will have less phlegm and less infection

After 1 year

  • Your heart attack risk has fallen to the halfway mark between that of a current smoker & that of someone who never smoked

After 5 years

  • If you used to smoke a pack a day, you have now cut your risk of dying of lung cancer in half
  • Your risk of a heart attack and stroke is approaching that of a nonsmoker
  • Your have cut your risk of mouth, throat, and esophageal cancer by half

After 10 years

  • Your chance of dying of lung cancer is almost as low as a nonsmoker’s
  • Your risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, bladder, kidney and pancreatic cancer continues to fall

After 10-15 years

  • Your risk of dying of any cause is almost the same as that of someone who never smoked

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