Some maybe think that their body is instantly going to be better and healthier. However, there will be step that they will face and it may be unpleasant thing for the smoker at the first time they quit. So, what actually happens to your body when you quit smoking?
We can say, they may suffer at the first time but the benefit will come will come after. Below we are going to break down the change they will feel from minutes, hours, days, weeks and years after you quit smoking.
The Quitting Smoking Timeline
- 20 minutes after quitting
What you can feel after quitting smoking immediately in twenty minutes is that your heart rate will come back to normal level.
- 2 hours after quitting
The heart rate and blood pressure are going to close to normal level after two hours you quit smoking. While the blood circulation will improve, your finger tips and also toes may begin to warm. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, frustration, trouble sleeping, intense cravings and increase appetite may start in about two hours after you throw your last cigarette.
- 24 hours after quitting
The most common form of heart disease is coronary artery disease which is 70% higher for smokers than non-smokers. After 24 hour quitting smoking, the risk of coronary artery disease as well heart attack in your body will start to diminish.
- 3 days after quitting
Well, the nicotine in your body is going to be entirely out after 3 days. It can mean that the nicotine withdrawal symptoms may rise at this point. You might have both of some physical and emotional symptom such as headache, cramps, depression, sweating and anxiety during withdrawal.
- 2 or 3 weeks after quitting
Two or three weeks after your last cigarette, you are able to do physical activities without being out of breath. Quit smoking in couple weeks will give the body time to heal and regenerate. During this time, heart function and blood circulation is significantly going to improve. Since the lung begins to clear, it allows you to breathe easily.
- 1- 9 months after quitting
The tiny hair-like structure which push mucus out of the lung called cilia will begin to repair a month after your last cigarette. When the cilia can do the job as they should do, they are able to fight the infection as well as easily clear the lung. In the other word, coughing and shortness of breath is going to diminish dramatically.
- 5 years after quitting
In the burning of tobacco, wide amount of toxic substances in cigarette is released and time by time, these toxic substances make the blood vessels narrow. It increases the risk of strong. But, after 5-15 years quitting smoking, the risk of yours will be the same as non-smokers
- 15 years after quitting
Here is the good news, after fifteen years of quitting smoking; you will find that the risk of having disease such as arrhythmia is going to diminish into the normal level.
Over all, we see that stop smoking is not an easy thing to do for some or even all smokers. It needs strong intention and struggle. However, if you commit yourself from now on, you may see what this timeline when you quit smoking.