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The Perks of Quitting Smoking: An Hour-By-Hour Timeline
20 minutes Your blood pressure and heart rate drop to normal.
24 hours Your risk for sudden heart attack, once higher than average, decreases.
2 weeks to 3 months Blood ?ow improves throughout your body. Your wounds heal more quickly. It’s also easier to walk and breathe.
1 year Your risk for heart disease is cut in half.
10 years Your risks for stroke and lung cancer are similar to those of someone who never smoked.
8 hours Levels of carbon monoxide in your blood drop, and your blood oxygen level returns to normal.
48 hours Damaged nerves repair themselves, restoring your sense of taste and smell.
1 to 9 months You’ll have more energy and fewer symptoms, such as coughing, congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath. Tiny hairlike structures in your lungs called cilia resume clearing mucus, reducing your risk for infections.
5 years Compared to people still smoking a pack a day, you’re half as likely to develop cancer in your mouth, throat, bladder or esophagus. Your risk for lung cancer falls by nearly 50 percent.
15 years You’re now no more likely to develop heart disease than if you’d never lit a cigarette