How the body recovers
I am sure you know it already, but your body is a miraculous thing. Within 20 minutes of taking your last puff your body is already at work healing itself from the harmful effects of smoking. See where you are in the healing process.
20 MinutesBlood pressure and heart rate decrease.
8 HoursOxygen level goes back to normal and carbon monoxide levels drop.
48 HoursChances of having a heart attack decreases and sense of smell and taste start improving.
72 HoursBronchial tubes have restarted their cleaning mechanism, so breathing is easier.
2 Weeks to 3 MonthsCirculation improves, exercising becomes easier and lung capacity can increase by as much as 30%.
6 MonthsImprovements in coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness, shortness of breath and colds.
1 Year50% reduction in risk of smoking-related heart attack.
5 YearsRisk of having a stroke is now reduced to that of a non-smoker.
+10 YearsRisk of dying from lung cancer will decrease by half.
15 YearsRisk of dying from a heart attack is the same as a person who has never smoked.