How Quickly Does Your Body Recover When You Quit Smoking?
Amazingly, your body starts recovering VERY QUICKLY –
- 20 minutes after quitting, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
- Within 24 hours, the risk of you surviving a heart attack DOUBLES.
- 12 hours after quitting, levels of carbon monoxide in your blood return to normal.
- 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting, your heart attack risk begins to fall and lung function improves.
- 1 to 9 months after quitting, coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
- 1 year after quitting, the added risk of coronary heart disease is half of that of a smoker’s.
- 2-5 years stroke risk can fall to about the same as someone who has never smoked.
- Risk for cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus and bladder is cut in half after 5 years.
- 10 years after quitting, your lung cancer death rate is cut in half.
- 15 years after quitting, your coronary heart disease risk is the same as a nonsmoker’s.
I got this list by combining information from the American Cancer Society and the American Dental Association. It’s just remarkable how the human body operates.
Dr. Oz says “Cigarette smoke paralyzes the tiny hairs in your lungs whose job it is to keep your lungs clear. As soon as you stop smoking, those hairs begin to recover, allowing the cleaning system of your lungs to get back to work.”