Benefits of quitting
There are a number of positive changes that you will experience as a result of giving up cigarettes for good.
- 20 minutes: Your pulse and heart rate drops as soon as you’ve finished your last cigarette. Your blood pressure starts to return to normal.
- 12 hours: Your body flushes the carbon monoxide found in cigarettes from your body. Levels return to normal and your oxygen levels increase.
- 1 day: As your blood pressure drops your circulation improves. You’ve already reduced your risk of heart disease from high blood pressure caused by smoking.
- 2 days: Receptors in your nerves begin to heal and your sense of taste and smell will be back to normal.
- 3 days: Any nicotine in your body will now be gone completely. You may have nicotine withdrawal symptoms, but these will soon pass.
- 1 month: As your lungs heal you may notice less coughing and shortness of breath. You could also find it easier to do exercise.
- 9 months: By this time, your lungs will have significantly healed. Cilia (like small hairs) inside your lungs will have recovered from the effects of cigarette smoke.
- 1 year: When you’ve quit smoking for a year. Your risk of coronary heart disease will half. It will continue to decrease too.
- 5 years: Your arteries and blood vessels begin to widen again now that they’ve healed. You’ve lowered your risk of blood clots and having a stroke.
- 10 years: At the 10 year mark, you’ve cut your chances of dying from lung cancer in half, and dramatically reduced your likelihood of getting mouth, throat or pancreatic cancer.
- 15 years: Your chances of developing heart disease are the same as someone who has never smoked. Your chances of getting pancreatic cancer are the same as a non-smoker too.
- 20 years: Your risk of dying from a smoking-related cause - like lung disease or cancer - is now as low as someone who has never smoked a cigarette in their life
Source: Stop Smoking London