Twenty minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate drops and returns to normal and your blood pressure and circulation start to improve. Here are some other things to expect over the next hours, days, and weeks:
- 8 hours: Nicotine levels in blood fall by 93%
- 12 hours: Body eliminates all excess carbon monoxide and blood oxygen levels are restored to normal
- 24 hours: Withdrawal kicks in, and you may experience irritability, headaches, insomnia, restlessness, and difficulty concentrating
- 2 days: Your senses of smell and taste are improved and the nerve endings damaged by smoking begin to heal
- 10 days: Cravings begin to go away.
- 1 month: Physical withdrawal symptoms end. Lung function drastically improves and you can exercise longer.
- 6 months: You may develop a dry cough, which is a good indication that the delicate hair-like structures in your lungs (called cilia) are now able to filter toxins out of your body.
- 9 months: Your lungs are nearly healed and the cilia can now fight infections.
- 1 year: Your risks of coronary heart disease, heart attack, and stroke are now half those of a smoker.
- 5 years: Your risk of stroke are the same as a non-smoker.
- 15-20 years: Your risks of developing any smoking related illnesses are the same as someone who has never smoked.
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