Health Benefits

Ever wondered what happens to your body after you quit smoking? The health benefits of quitting smoking start after just 1 hour.

Here is a timeline of what happens to your body.

20 minutes

Your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.

8 hours

Oxygen levels in your blood return to normal and the levels of carbon monoxide are reduced by more than half.

24 hours

Carbon monoxide has been eliminated from your body. Your lungs start to clear out mucus and other smoking debris.

48 hours

Your ability to taste and smell is improved.

72 hours

Breathing becomes easier. Your bronchial tubes begin to relax and your energy levels increase.

2 to 12 weeks

Circulation improves throughout the body, making walking and running much easier.

5 years

Your heart-attack risk falls to about half that of a smoker.

10 years

Your risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.

15 years

Your risk of heart disease is nearly the same as someone who has never smoked.

Other Benefits

It’s important for you to celebrate all the different types of benefits of quitting smoking, like better smelling clothes, more money and happier loved ones! 

To kick start your quit smoking journey; take a look at our top 10 tips. 


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