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What happens when you stop smoking

The Timeline of Physical changes to expect...

8 hours after stopping

  • Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood go down by half and your oxygen levels return to normal.

24  hours after stopping

  • That carbon monoxide is gone from the body. The lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking junk.

48  hours after stopping

  • There is no nicotine left in your body and your sense of taste and smell is improving.

72  hours after stopping

  • Your breathing will start to feel easier and your energy levels will start to improve.

2-12 weeks after stopping

  • Your circulation is improving.  Your blood is now well oxygenated and helping to improve your health.

3-9 months after stopping

  • Coughs and wheezing improve and your breathing is continuing to improve.

1 year smokefree

  • Your risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of someone who smokes.

10 years smokefree

  • The risk of getting lung cancer falls to about half that of someone who smokes.

15 years smokefree

  • Your risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.