Anytime is the right tome to quit smoking. Why? Because in as little as 20 minutes after you quit smoking, you will start to feel its benefits.
So let’s find out how many days it will take for your body to recuperate from the risks and dangers of smoking.
20 Minutes After You Quit
In less than 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will start to go back towards normal levels. Your blood pressure will also normalize in 20 minutes.
Two Hours After Quitting
Two hours without a cigarette, your blood pressure and heart rate will decreased to near normal levels. Also nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually start after 2 hours. These includes increased appetite, trouble sleeping and anxiety.
12 Hours After Quitting
After 12 hours of quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to lower levels and blood oxygen levels increase to normal.
First Day After Quitting
After 24 hours, the carbon monoxide, which prevents the blood from bringing oxygen to your tissues, cells and organs have been removed from your body. Also the mucus and smoking debris will begin to clear from your lungs, which will make breathing easier.
2-3 Weeks After Quitting
After a 2-3 weeks, you will be able to exercise and perform physical activities without feeling sick and winded. This is because of a number of regenerative processes that will begin to happen in your body.
These processes include the following:
- Your circulation will improve
- Your lung function will also improve.
- Your lungs may start to feel clear and start breathing easier.
3-5 Months After Quitting
Around 3 months your circulation will have improved. Also any cough or wheezing should have mostly cleared up. Your lung function should have increased by around 10%, compared to when you were smoking.
5 Years After Quitting
After a few years, your risk of long-term disease begins to fall. Five years after, the possibility of a heart attack is almost half compared to someone who is still smoking.
After 10 years free from smoking, your heart attack risk is that of a non-smoker and your risk of lung cancer is reduced to half.