Quitting Smoking: A Timeline of Health Benefits

Here’s a no brainer: quitting smoking is extremely tough. Why? Well, smoking isn’t only a psychological addition; it’s also a physical addiction.

An article from davidwolfe.com explains some of the stages that people who quit smoking go through, so we’ve gathered some of them for your benefit.

20 Minutes After

Your body starts to experience changes even 20 minutes after the last time you smoke.

The article gives information from the Texas Heart Institute saying that, “Smoking increases your heart rate, causing major arteries to tighten and produce an irregular heart rhythm. These all make your heart work harder, which puts you at greater risk for heart disease and peripheral vascular disease.”

24 Hours After

WebMD says that smoking heightens your chances of having a heart attack by 70%, so 24 hours after quitting smoking, your risk of having a heart attack begins to decrease.

Your levels in your body are beginning to go back to normal, so as time goes on, the health benefits will just keep increasing for you!

48 Hours After

So here’s when it begins to get rough…48 hours after your last cigarette, these happy and healthy symptoms tend to go backwards, according to Cleveland Clinic.

You’ll begin to feel nervous and jittery, so you’ll have to be strong in these stages to make sure you don’t give up! Remember why you started.

5-8 Days After

According to quit.org, in 5 days, some of your most major organs (like your kidneys and liver) are cleansing your body of the toxic chemicals found in cigarettes!

9 Months After

According to this article, it says that, “Thanks to your lungs’ improved ability to handle mucus and reduce infections, you should notice your sinus congestion lowers. This should leave you with less fatigue and less shortness of breath.” Yay for easy-breathing!

10 Years After

After you’ve been smoke-free for 10 years, “your risk of stroke should be the same as that of a non-smoker.” Isn’t that incredible!

Also, your risk of dying from lung cancer will drop to half of a smoker’s chances. These statistics make it all worthwhile.

All you need to do isBEGIN!

The hardest part…beginning! Staying motivated, keeping your end goal in mind, and realizing how much healthier you can be are all ways to pull through. Best of luck!

Erica D'Arcangelo is an Internet Marketing Expert and co-owner of Fresh, Healthy & Fit where she is a regular contributor. Erica has been active in the health and fitness industry through spinning, yoga, HITT training and much more over the last decade. She's a fitness enthusiast and has also helped others with healthy living through her own blog.