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What Happens When You Quit?


Within 20 minutes

Blood pressure, pulse and temperature of hands and feet return to normal.


Within 8 hours

Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.


Within 24 hours

Chance of heart attack decreases.


Within 48 hours

Sense of taste and smell start to return to normal.


Within 2 weeks to 3 months

Circulation improves.

Lung function increases up to 30%.


Within 1 to 9 months

Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease.

Energy level increases


Within 1 year

Risk of coronary disease drops to half of that of a smoker.


Within 5 years

Death rate due to lung cancer decreases by almost one half.

Risk of stroke is reduced to that of a non-smoker within 5-15 years.


Within 10 years

Chance of lung cancer death is similar to that of a non-smoker.

Less risk of cancer of mouth, throat, bladder, kidney and pancreas.


Within 15 years

Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.