Time line

Stop smoking to feel the health rewards

  1. 12 hours

    12
    hours
    12
    Carbon monoxide levels return to normal 1. Almost all nicotine gone 2, 3.
  2. 24 hours

    24
    hours
    24
    More oxygen in your blood 2.
  3. 5 days

    5
    days
    5
    Fresher breath, hair and clothes 2.
  4. 1 month

    1
    month
    4
    Blood pressure returning to normal 2.
  5. 2 months

    2
    months
    2
    Your immune system is beginning to recover 3. Airways are clearer 2.
  6. 1 year

    1
    year
    1
    Risk of dying from coronary heart disease is half that of a continued smoker 2.
  7. 10 years

    10
    years
    10
    Risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continued smoker 2.
    Lower threat from cancers of the mouth, throat, oesophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas 1.
  8. 15 years

    15
    years
    15 years
    Risk of heart attack and stroke almost the same as that of a non-smoker 2.
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