Your body starts to change within minutes of when you smoke your last cigarette. Here are the physiological changes you’ll experience when you give up cigarettes for good.
1. Things start changing 20 minutes after you smoke your last cigarette—your circulation will improve and you’ll have more feeling in your fingers and toes.
2. After eight hours, carbon monoxide in your bloodstream is reduced. This means the level of oxygen in your blood is back to normal.
3. Two days later, nicotine will be completely eliminated from your body. You can finally say goodbye to the tiny crystal that has kept
you smoking. Unfortunately, once the nicotine is completely gone, that’s when the cravings are the highest.
Your taste buds have returned to normal. Not only can you taste more delicate and nuanced foods, but you won’t have to season as aggressively. Cutting back on salt will help your health in other ways. Your sense of smell returns too. Stopping and smelling the roses will be a lot more rewarding now.
4. By day three, cilia in your lungs are repairing themselves. These microscopic hairs keep the air passages in your lungs clean. Smoking
damages them, but they can heal.
5. After a week of not smoking, your blood pressure will start to fall. This will reduce your risk of heart disease, heart failure,
stroke, and kidney failure.
6. After two weeks that smoker’s cough should be going away. It doesn’t leave immediately after you stop smoking because your lungs need time to expel all the junk that has collected. Once you stop smoking, your body can really get to work cleaning and repairing itself.
7. After 3 weeks without smoking the blood flow to your extremities is much better. For men, this means stronger and longer erections.
8. By three months, your skin tone will improve. Nicotine restricts blood flow to the lower level of skin, making it wan, dry and flaky.
It also keeps the skin from producing collagen, which causes wrinkles.
9. After a year of not smoking a cigarette, the most tell-tale smoking signs will be gone. Your fingers won’t be discolored by tobacco, and the stains on your teeth will start to fade. Teeth cleaned by the dentist will stay white. Blood circulation to your gums has returned to normal.
10. As the years go on, your risks continue to decrease. After five years of not smoking, your risk of stroke has returned to normal.
After 15 years, your risk of cancer is the same as a non-smoker.