The day you quit your body starts to recover and your risk of contracting smoking-related illnesses in the future starts decreasing.
As soon as you stop smoking your body begins to repair itself ...
Within 6 hours
Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure decreases.
Within a day
- Almost all of the nicotine is out of your bloodstream.
- The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles.
- Your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.
Within a week
- Your sense of taste and smell may improve.
- Your lungs’ natural cleaning system is starting to recover, becoming better at removing mucus, tar and dust from your lungs (exercise helps to clear out your lungs).
- You have higher blood levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C.
Within 2 months
- You’re coughing and wheezing less.
- Your immune system is beginning its recovery so your body is better at fighting off infection.
- Your blood is less thick and sticky and blood flow to your hands and feet has improved.
Within 6 months
- Your lungs are working much better, producing less phlegm.
- You're likely to feel less stressed than when you were smoking.
After 1 year
- You’re breathing easier as your lungs are now healthier and more efficient.
Within 2 to 5 years
- There is a large drop in your risk of heart attack and stroke and this risk will continue to gradually decrease over time.
- For women, within five years, the risk of cervical cancer is the same as someone who has never smoked.
After 10 years
- Your risk of lung cancer is lower than that of a continuing smoker (provided the disease was not already present when you quit).
After 15 years
- Your risk of heart attack and stroke is close to that of a person who has never smoked.