Benefits to Quitting


  • 20 minutes
    • Your blood pressure, pulse rate and temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.
  • 12 hours
    • Your blood oxygen level has increased to normal. Carbon monoxide levels have dropped to normal.
  • 24 hours
    • Anxieties have peaked in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.
  • 72 hours
    • Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites will have passed from your body via your urine.
  • 5-8 days
    • The “average” ex-smoker will encounter an “average” of 3 induced crave episodes per day. (Most episodes will not last longer than 3 minutes.)
  • 10 days to 2 weeks
    • Progression of your recovery is to the point that the “addiction” is no longer controlling you.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months
    • Heart attack risk has started to drop. Lung function is beginning to improve.
  • 3 weeks to 3 months
    • Circulation has substantially improved.
  • 8 weeks
    • Insulin resistance in smokers has normalized.
  • 1 to 9 months
    • Cilia has begun to regrow in your lungs. This enables your lungs to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean and reduce infections.
  • 5 to 15 years
    • The risk of stroke has now declined to that of a non-smoker.
  • 15 years
    • The risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked.

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