What Happens to Your Body if You Quit Smoking Right Now

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Smoking is bad for you. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone on Earth. But that fact alone doesn’t stop millions of people from smoking cigarettes every single day.

Perhaps some people aren’t compelled to quit smoking because they don’t think that it will make much difference in their lives immediately. But Global One shows us that the benefits of quitting smoking show themselves right away. Here’s a timeline of what happens:

Within the First 72 Hours

  • Your blood pressure drops back to normal
  • Carbon monoxide levels in your blood stream drop by half and oxygen levels return to normal
  • Your chance of having a heart attack decreases
  • Your sense of taste and smell will return to a normal level
  • Your energy levels will increase

Within 2 Weeks

  • Your circulation will increase and continue to improve

Between 3 months and a year

  • Coughing, wheezing and breathing problems will dissipate
  • Lung capacity will improve by 10%
  • Your risk of having a heart attack will drop by about half

Long Term

  • Your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker within 5 years
  • Your risk of having lunch cancer will return to that of a non-smoker within 10 years
  • Your risk of having a heart attack will return to that of a non-smoker within 15 years