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See What Happens 20 Minutes After You Quit Smoking: A Timeline of How Your Body Heals…

If you’ve ever tried to stop smoking, you know how difficult it can be. However, even after only 20 minutes, it can be pretty rewarding. This is what happens to your body the moment you decide to kick the habit.

Smoking Timeline

After 20 minutes: The effects of quitting start to set in almost immediately. Less than 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will start to drop back towards normal levels. Sensations will also start to come alive in hands and legs.

8 Hours After you quit: Carbon monoxide, which can be toxic to the body at high levels, is released from burning tobacco and haled as part of cigarette smoke. Because it bonds so well to blood cells, high levels of the substance can prevent these cells from bonding with oxygen, which in turn causes serious cardiovascular problems. In just 8 hours, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to lower levels, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal.

48 hours after you quit: it may not be life-threatening, but deadened senses, especially smell and taste, are one of the more obvious consequences of smoking. But after 48 hours without a cigarette, your nerve endings will start to re-grow, and your ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

2 weeks after you quit: Remember that sick feeling you got everytime you excercises? Well, after two or three weeks, you’ll be able to perform physical activities without feeling tired or sick. This is due to the fact that your lungs may start to feel clear, and you’ll start breathing easier.

1 to 5 years after you quit: Heart disease risk gets cut in half. Typical smoker physical features go away after 1 to 5 years. No more yellow fingers or yellow teeth for you either and cancer risks lowers by 50%.

10 to 15 years after you quit: The need to smoke is likely no longer a fact and the results of being smoke free are very positive. After 15 years you reach the same risk of heart disease and cancer as a non-smoker, and your health risks associated with smoking are gone for good!

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