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Health benefits when you quit smoking

When a person quits smoking, the health benefits can be seen almost immediately and increase in quality and quantity over time.

12 hours after quitting:

  • Nearly all the nicotine is out of your body

24 hours after quitting:

  • Carbon monoxide levels in the blood decrease to normal range
  • Oxygen levels in the blood increase to normal range

5 days after quitting:

  • Most nicotine by-products have left your body

Within days after quitting:

  • Smell and taste starts to return to normal

One month after quitting:

  • Blood pressure returns to normal
  • Immune system starts to recover

2 months after quitting:

  • Decreased (smoker’s) cough, sinus congestion, tiredness, shortness of breath

1 year after quitting:

  • Risk of coronary heart disease is decreased by half, compared to that of a smoker’s

10 years after quitting:

  • Lung cancer risk is decreased to half that of a smoker’s

15 years after quitting:

  • Risk of coronary heart disease, such as heart attack and stroke, is now almost the same as people who have never been smokers

The information contained in this section was sourced from the Federal Government’s Quitnow website – quitnow

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