Do you think it takes a long time for your body to start recovering from smoking? Think again. Your body starts to recover after only 20 minutes. See the entire course of events here.
After just 20 minutes, your blood pressure drops and your heart rate returns to normal. No longer than taking the dog out for a walk. Not bad, eh?
Carbon monoxide pushes oxygen out of the blood so your muscles and brain don’t get enough oxygen. In one working day, your body will have managed to clear half the carbon monoxide, which is a toxic gas, from your blood. Isn’t it nice to get rid of it? 😊
Your body has managed to clear out all the carbon monoxide! So even after 12 hours you have significantly improved your health. Good work! 👏
It doesn’t take long to see the great positive effects of quitting smoking. The risk of heart attack decreases after just one day. ❤ This risk continues to decrease in the future if you stay smoke-free.
If you’ve been smoking for a long time, you may have forgotten how good your favourite food tastes. Smoking negatively affects your sense of smell and taste but after just two days without cigarettes, these senses start to come back. So treat yourself to something delicious. It will taste better than ever!
It starts to get easier to breathe as your lung capacity increases when the lungs relax and start to open up. Exercise starts to get easier. Why not go for a lovely walk and celebrate three days without smoking? 🚶♀️
Your body is now feeling much better, but you have also reached an important milestone! If you have managed a week without smoking, your chance of quitting smoking completely increases nine fold. Good for you! 🎆
It is now easier to breathe, walk and exercise. In fact, all physical activity is easier – after two smoke-free weeks, your lung capacity has improved significantly. Now you can really see that your overall health has improved. 💃
The cilia in the lungs are weakened by smoking, but are now gradually beginning to grow back. The cilia protect you from viral and bacterial infections and help remove excess mucus from the lungs. If you’re coughing up a lot of mucus now, that's why – but it's a positive sign! Your lungs are healing themselves.
With each passing day, your lungs continue to recover and your blood flow improves. The risk of heart attack has decreased significantly from when you smoked your last cigarette. Fantastic!
After 9 months as a non-smoker, the risk of lung infections decreases sharply. The cilia have now grown back completely and your lungs feel better than they have done for a very long time.
Yes! The risk of heart attack is now halved. And best of all: the risk will only continue to decline over time.
Yes, that's how it is! Your risk of having a heart attack is now the same as for someone who has never smoked.
In addition, the risk of cervical cancer is now as low as if you had never smoked. The risk of having a stroke also decreases.
Isn’t that good to know?
When you’ve been smoke-free for 10 years, the risk of developing lung cancer is the same as if you’d never lit that first cigarette. Isn’t that amazing? In addition, you’ve reduced the risk of developing other types of cancer such as mouth cancer, cancer of the oesophagus, cancer of the bladder, cancer of the kidneys or cancer of the pancreas.
The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is now the same as if you had never smoked!
The risk of dying from smoking-related diseases is now the same as if you’d never smoked a cigarette in your entire life! Finally! Victory!