Healthy Living Tips  |  Posted 12.30.15

What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

What Happens When You Stop Smoking?

20 minutes

Blood pressure drops to normal; pulse rate drops to normal; body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.

8 hours

Carbon-monoxide blood level drops to normal; oxygen blood level increases.

24 hours

Chance of heart attack begins to decrease.

1 to 3 months

Circulation improves; walking becomes easier; lung functions increase 30%.

3 to 9 months

Coughing, sinus, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; increased ability to "clean" lungs, reducing likelihood of infection; body's overall energy increases.

1 year

Added risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker.

5 years

Lung cancer death rate decreases by half.

15 years

You are no longer at risk for heart disease, as if you never smoked!