What Happens to Your Body after You Stop Smoking?

Part of Stop Smoking For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

So how does your body react when you stop smoking? Well, some beneficial effects occur almost immediately, and several other good things happen over time.

  • After 20 minutes, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.

  • After 24 hours, the carbon monoxide is removed from your body.

  • After 48 hours, the nicotine is expelled from your body.

  • Between 2 and 21 weeks, your circulation improves.

  • After one year, your risk of a heart attack falls to half that of a smoker.

  • After ten years, your risk of lung cancer falls.