What Happens When you Stop Using Tobacco

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)