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Changes your body goes through when you Stop Smoking















Within 20 minutes of last cigarette
Blood pressure and pulse rate begin to return to normal.
Circulation to hands and feet improves.
Fibres in the bronchial tubes (cilia) begin to move again, removing irritants and bacteria from the lungs.


Within 8 hours of last cigarette
Carbon monoxide level in the blood drops to normal.
Oxygen level in the blood increases to normal.

Within 24 hours of last cigarette
Risk if heart attack decreases.

Within 48 hours of last cigarette
Nerve endings begin to regrow.
Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

Within 72 hours of last cigarette
Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier.
Lung capacity starts increasing.

Within 2 weeks to 2 months of last cigarette
Circulation improves.
Walking becomes easier.
Lung capacity starts increasing.

Within 1 to 9 months of last cigarette
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.
Cilia regrow in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean lungs and reduce infection.
Body's overall energy level increases.

Within 3 to 5 years of last cigarette
Risk of dying of a heart attack decreases to that of a non-smoker.

Within 10 years of last cigarette
Risk of dying of lung cancer decreases to that of a non-smoker.
Pre-cancerous cells are replaced with healthy cells.
Other cancer occurances, such as those of the mouth, larynx, oesphagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas, decrease. (There are at least 30 chemicals in tobacco smoke that cause cancer.)

REMEMBER - BENEFITS ARE LOST IF YOU SMOKE EVEN ONE CIGARETTE A DAY!