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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