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Timeline - Benefits of Quitting Smoking

Benefits of Quitting Smoking TimelineYour body is beautiful!  The bodyís ability to recover from years of cigarette abuse start as soon as you stub out that cigarette.  Immediately, your body gets to work in flushing out the carcinogens, the toxic chemicals, tar and nicotine in an attempt to get you fit and healthy again... a cost!!

There is no gain without pain!  As in any recovery, if there is spilt milk; you need to take action and undergo a wiping exercise to free your tabletop of unwanted liquid! A messy cleanup requires action and for your body to exercise this toxic cleanup, you will suffer along the way.  But, if you stick to it, then you will see the benefit of quitting smoking in your health, your family/friends and your wealth!

The following benefits of quit smoking timeline is for Cold Turkey Quitters only.  The use of era3ís electronic cigarettes or use of any other smoking cessation aid will not have the following benefits in the mentioned time.


  20 minutes

Your blood pressure, pulse rate, and the temperature of your hands and feet will all return to normal.

  8 hours

Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream will have fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.25% reduction.

  12 hours

Your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide levels will have dropped to normal.

  24 hours

Anxieties peak in intensity and within two weeks should return to near pre-cessation levels.

  48 hours

Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal. Cessation anger and irritability peaks.

  72 hours

Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites (the chemicals it breaks down into) will now have passed from your body via your urine.  Symptoms of chemical withdrawal have peaked in intensity, including restlessness. The number of cue induced crave episodes experienced during any quitting day will peak for the "average" ex-user. Lung bronchial tubes leading to air sacs (alveoli) are beginning to relax in recovering smokers. Breathing is becoming easier and the lungs functional abilities are starting to increase.

  5 - 8 days

The "average" ex-smoker will encounter an "average" of three cue induced crave episodes per day. Although we may not be "average" and although serious cessation time distortion can make minutes feel like hours, it is unlikely that any single episode will last longer than 3 minutes. Keep a clock handy and time them.

  10 days

10 days - The "average ex-user is down to encountering less than two crave episodes per day, each less than 3 minutes.

  10 days to 2 weeks

Recovery has likely progressed to the point where your addiction is no longer doing the talking. Blood circulation in our gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-user.

  2 to 4 weeks

Cessation related anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, impatience, insomnia, restlessness and depression have ended. If still experiencing any of these symptoms get seen and evaluated by your physician.

  21 days

Brain acetylcholine receptor counts up-regulated in response to nicotine's presence have now down-regulated and receptor binding has returned to levels seen in the brains of non-smokers.

  2 weeks to 3 months

Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.

  3 weeks to 3 months

Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared.

  1 to 9 months

Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath have decreased. Cilia have regrown in your lungs thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean, and reduce infections. Your body's overall energy has increased.

  1 year

Your excess risk of coronary heart disease has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.

  5 to 15 years

Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker.

  10 years

Your risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day).  Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and oesophagus has now decreased.

  13 years

Your risk of smoking induced tooth loss has declined to that of a never-smoker (2006 study).

  15 years

Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked.

  20 years

Female excess risk of death from all smoking related causes, including lung disease and cancer, has now reduced to that of a never-smoker (2008 study).



So Long as we stop, we still have time..

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