March 11, 2016

What Happens When You Stop Smoking

What happens when you stop smoking? Your body starts to recuperate immediately.

Timeline of what happens when you stop smoking

  • 2 Hours after quitting – Your blood pressure and heart rate have returned to normal.
  • 1 Day after quitting – Oxygen can now more easily reach your muscles and your heart.
  • 48 Hours after quitting – Your sense of smell and taste will begin to be enhanced.
  • 3 Days after quitting – Nicotine withdrawal symptoms will be at their peak, however, your body’s levels of antioxidants, such as Vitamin C, increase.
  • 1 Year after quitting – Your lungs have begun to repair themselves and chances of you getting heart disease is 50% lower.
  • 5 Years after quitting – Your chances of having a stroke are now the same as someone who never smoked.
  • 10 Years after quitting – New cells have replaced any precancerous ones that may have existed. The risk of lung, mouth, throat, pancreas and kidney cancer has decreased.


Looking for tips on how to quit smoking? Check out our article for some tips and tricks to help you stop.

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