Regional Cancer Center ~ Erie, PA

What Happens In The Body When A Person Stops Smoking?

Aug 09, 2013 | Posted in News, News and Tips for Healthy Living

20 minutes

Blood pressure drops to normal; pulse rate drops to normal; body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.

8 hours

Carbon-monoxide blood level drops to normal; oxygen blood level increases.

24 hours

Chance of heart attack begins to decrease.

1 to 3 months

Circulation improves; walking becomes easier; lung functions increase 30%.

3 to 9 months

Coughing, sinus, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; increased ability to "clean" lungs, reducing likelihood of infection; body's overall energy increases.

1 year

Added risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker.

5 years

Lung cancer death rate decreases by half.

15 years

You are no longer at risk for heart disease, as if you never smoked!

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