If you’re smoking a cigarette right now, I have good news for you: if you don’t ever pick one up again, your body will go through amazing transformations within minutes of finishing your last one.
- 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your blood pressure and pulse will lower and return to normal. The temperature in your hands and feet increase.
- After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood will lower and return to normal. Blood oxygen begins to increase. You’ll feel more alert, sleep better, and be stronger.
- After 24 hours, your risk of heart attack drops significantly.
- After 48 hours, nerve endings begin to regrow and your sense of smell and taste will return.
- After about 3 months, your circulation will improve, walking will be easier, and you’ll cough less. Lung function will be markedly improved.
- Between 1 and 9 months, you’ll have less sinus congestion, fatigue, and nearly no shortness of breath.
- After 1 year, your risk of coronary heart disease is half of what it was when you smoked.
- After 5-15 years, your risk of stroke returns to normal, as if you never smoked at all.
- At the 10 year mark, your chance of developing smoking-related cancer is about the same as a non-smoker. Diet and smoking contribute to 60% of cancers.
- After 15 years, your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack is that of a non-smoker. Your risk of death has dropped to that of a non-smoker.
You’ll also save a ton of money by not smoking too. Who wouldn’t want that?