The body starts to clean itself almost as soon as you stop smoking – see how soon it recovers

When you quit smoking, recovery begins in 20 minutes, and more healthy years await.

The combination of nicotine and tar is strongly addictive, but you should strive to be free. The cleansing of the body starts almost immediately!

  • 20 minutes The hands and feet feel warm because the peripheral blood circulation intensifies. Blood pressure normalizes, heart rate stabilizes.
  • 1 day Carbon dioxide inhaled in cigarette smoke disappears from the body and the lungs begin to be cleaned.
  • 2 days The sense of smell and taste improve. Nicotine leaves the body.
  • 3 days Breathing becomes easier when the bronchial constriction and mucus decreases. Cough and phlegm increase within 1–2 months.
  • 1 week Skin color and potency improve when the blood circulation intensifies.
  • 3 weeks The physical withdrawal symptoms subside because the neurons are released from their craving for nicotine. The feeling of stress is relieved and the quality of sleep improves.
  • 1-2 months Walking and running improve, energy increases. When the condition increases, viral flus do not strike as easily as before.
  • 3 months The psychological and social dependence begins to ease and cigarettes are not on the mind all the time.
  • 6 months Smoking cough and breathing difficulties are a thing of the past.
  • 1 year The risk of coronary artery disease is halved.
  • 5 years The risk of sudden death and lung cancer is substantially reduced. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes drops to the level of non-smokers.
  • 10 years The risk of having a stroke returns to the level of a non-smoker. Among other things, the need for many medicines decreases.

Here’s to many more healthy years!

Expert: Hanna Ollila, VTM, smoking prevention expert, THL.

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