Health benefits of Quitting Smoking:
20 minutes: Pulse return to normal.
8 hours: Nicotine is reduced by 90% and carbon monoxide levels in blood reduce by 75%. Circulation improves.
24 hours: Carbon monoxide and nicotine almost eliminated from the body. Lungs start to clear out smoking debris.
48 hours: All traces of nicotine are removed from the body. The ability to taste and smell improves.
72 hours: Breathing is easier. Bronchial tubes begin to relax and energy levels increase.
2-12 weeks: Circulation improves.
1 month: Physical appearance improves – skin loses its grey pallor and becomes less wrinkled.
3-9 months: Coughing and wheezing is reduced.
1 year: Excess risk of a heart attack reduces by half.
10 years: Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a continuing smoker.
15 years: Risk of a heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.