9 Health benefits you can feel immediately when you stop smoking
20 MINUTES - Your blood pressure, pulse rate and the temperature of your hands and feet have returned to normal.
6 HOURS - Your heart rate slows and your blood pressure decreases.
8 HOURS - Remaining nicotine in your bloodstream has fallen to 6.25% of normal peak daily levels, a 93.75% reduction.
12 HOURS - Your blood oxygen level has increased to normal.
24 HOURS - The level of carbon monoxide in your blood has dropped and oxygen can more easily reach your heart and muscles.Your fingertips become warmer and your hands steadier.
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 will have peaked.
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. Breathing is becoming easier and your lung's functional abilities are starting to increase.
1 WEEK - Your sense of taste and smell may improve. You have higher blood levels of protective antioxidants such as vitamin C. The "average" ex-smoker will encounter an "average" of three cue induced crave episodes per day. 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.
2 MONTHS - You’re coughing and wheezing less.Your immune system is beginning its recovery so your body is better at fighting off infection.Your blood is less thick and sticky and blood flow to your hands and feet has improved.