Monday, May 4, 2009

What Happens When You Quit Smoking

Ever wondered what happens to your body and your health when you quit smoking? The following information is courtesy of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and was taken from the 2004 Surgeon General's Report.

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

  • 20 Minutes After Quitting: Your heart rate drops.
  • 12 hours After Quitting: Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting: Your heart attack risk begins to drop; Your lung function begins to improve.
  • 1 to 9 Months After Quitting: Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 Year After Quitting: Your added risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 Years After Quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker’s 5-15 years after quitting.
  • 10 Years After Quitting: Your lung cancer death rate is about half that of a smoker’s; Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 Years After Quitting: Your risk of coronary heart disease is back to that of a nonsmoker’s.


  1. Very interesting - and I've somehow missed all that!
    I quit smoking about 18 years ago, I didn't use any outside devices, I didn't quit gradually, reducing the number of sigarettes, I just stopped and after that had a half finished pack in the car.

    To tell the truth, it wasn't the first or even the 5th time I tried to stop, more like 7th or 8th. This time I succeeded and it had to do with a lot of inner work, using some methods I borrowed from a "twelve step" program.

    So, from smoking up to 3 packs a day I got to no smoking at all and I even don't remember having any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.

    I guess, what I want to say, for me it was all in my head.

  2. Alexei brings up a good point about it being "all in my head". As a matter of fact, that is a subject of a future soon as I get around to it. Sorry, I have been a little busy lately. I will try to get it written and posted in the next day or so.

  3. I've been smoking for 14 years. 1-2 packs a day. I have wanted to quit for a few years now but every attempt was a failure. This is what worked for me! I was so broke that I couldn't afford a pack of cigs! I couldn't even afford toilet paper! So that's it, I was so poor I couldn't buy a pack of cigs. It's been a week now and I feel great!

  4. Considering the long term benefits of smoking cessation such as low risk of succumbing to cancer, a significant reduction in mental stress, odorless breath et al, it is definitely necessary for you to start your quit smoking regimen as soon as possible. However, during the first few weeks, it may appear extremely difficult to get rid of this addiction, but as you consistently try to quit smoking for a certain period of time, your smoking cessation efforts would yield results.

  5. Nice Post.Its will be help for those person who wants to quit smoking. Thank you

  6. i used the Allen Carr the esy way to quit smoking and it look away my cravings you should try it!

  7. Hello to all
    My names Mark and like Jeff and Alexei, I have been a smoker from the age of 13 and I was skinny and tail with glasses,I guess I just wanted to be a little bit older for my age, and to"Impress the Girl" and show them I`m old enough to smoke and drink.Man those were the days,looking back I wish I never touched a Cigarette ever,I almost destroyed my life just from smoking.I am 35 years old now and a personal trainer for bodybuilders,and it started with just a Cigarette trust me give the Devil his smokes back and never touch it again.You`ll be doing your self a favor.