Immediately after your last cigarette, your body starts working to repair the damage created by smoking. Here are some health improvements to expect after you quit smoking:
After 20 Minutes: Your blood pressure decreases, your pulse rate drops to a normal level, and the temperature of your hands and feet increase.
After 8 Hours: Carbon monoxide levels decrease and oxygen levels increase in your blood.
After 24 Hours: Your chance of a heart attack decreases.
After 48 Hours: You will be nicotine free and your sense of taste and smell will improve.
Between 1 and 3 Months: Circulation improves, walking becomes easier, and lung function increases 30%.
Between 3 and 9 Months: Your lungs will begin to repair themselves, and you’ll notice that you cough less, breath easier, and have more energy!
After 1 Year: Your risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half of that of a smoker.
After 5 Years: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of people who never smoked.
After 10 Years: Your risk of lung cancer drops to 1/2 of that of a smoker, and the risk of developing various other cancers decreases.
After 15 years: You are no more at risk of heart disease than if you never smoked. Your risk of death is also that of a non-smoker.
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