Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking

After stopping smoking, health benefits can almost be felt immediately:

20 minutes

Blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal.


8 hours

Nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in blood are reduced by half, oxygen levels return to normal.


24 hours

Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from the body and the lungs will start to clear out mucus.


48 hours

There is no nicotine left in the body.


3-9 months

Coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve as lung function increases.


1 year

Risk of heart attack falls to half that of a smoker.


10 years

Risk of lung cancer falls to half that of a smoker.


15 years

Risk of heart attack falls to the same as someone who has never smoked.


Further benefits:

  • Improved sense of taste and smell.
  • More energy.
  • Clearer, less irritated eyes.
  • Feeling more relaxed.
  • Wake up feeling better.
  • Fewer allergy and sinus problems.
  • Improvement in existing problems such as asthma, diabetes and emphysema.
  • Improved complexion.