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What Happens When you Stop Using Tobacco

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What Happens To Your Body When You Quit Smoking?

Within 20 minutes

  • Blood pressure drops to normal
  • Pulse rate returns to normal
  • Peripheral circulation increases, returning body temperature of hands and feet to normal

Within eight hours

  • Blood levels of carbon monoxide and oxygen return to normal


Within 24 hours

  • Chances of heart attack decrease


Within 48 hours

  • Nerve endings start to re-grow
  • Ability to taste and smell are enhanced

After 72 hours

  • Lung capacity begins to increase
  • Previously paralyzed cilia hairs resume full functioning


Within three to five years

  • Risk of heart attack drops to that similar of a non-smoker

Within 10 years

  • Risk of dying of lung cancer drops to that of a non-smoker

(Source: American Cancer Society)

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