Better Health Starts after the Last Cigarette

I quit!

Congratulations for taking steps to improve your health! After the last cigarette, the road to better health starts within minutes and continues for years. Here are the changes your body experiences along that journey.

  • 20 Minutes after Your Last Cigarette

    20 Minutes after Your Last Cigarette

    In less than half an hour, blood pressure, pulse rate and body temperature all drop to normal levels.
  • 8 Hours after Your Last Cigarette

    8 Hours after Your Last Cigarette

    In less than a day, the carbon monoxide and oxygen levels in the blood become normal, and "smoker's breath" disappears.
  • 24 Hours after Your Last Cigarette

    24 Hours after Your Last Cigarette

    In one day, your chances of a heart attack decrease.
  • 48 Hours after Your Last Cigarette

    48 Hours after Your Last Cigarette

    Within two days, nerve endings start to regrow.
  • Within 3 Months after Your Last Cigarette

    Within 3 Months after Your Last Cigarette

    In a few months, circulation improves, walking becomes easier, lung capacity increases and lung function improves.
  • Within 9 Months after Your Last Cigarette

    Within 9 Months after Your Last Cigarette

    In less than a year, coughing, sinus congestion, tiredness and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 Year after Your Last Cigarette

    1 Year after Your Last Cigarette

    After 12 smoke-free months, your risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker.
  • 5 Years after Your Last Cigarette

    5 Years after Your Last Cigarette

    After five years, your stroke risk is reduced to that of someone who never smoked, and your risk of mouth, throat and esophageal cancer is half that of a smoker.
  • 10 Years after Your Last Cigarette

    10 Years after Your Last Cigarette

    Within one decade, your risk of cancer drops to as little as 50 percent of smokers; the risk of developing ulcers decreases; and the lung cancer death rate is similar to a nonsmoker.
  • 15 Years after Your Last Cigarette

    15 Years after Your Last Cigarette

    A smoke-free decade and a half returns your risk of coronary heart disease and death to nearly same level of someone who never smoked.
Approved by Thomas Ylioja, PhD, December 2019