Rejuvenation Timeline


How does my body repair itself after I quit?

Only 20 minutes after your last cigarette:

Your blood pressure adjusts back to natural levels, your pulse rate returns to normal levels and the body temperature of the hands and feet increase to normal.

After 8 Hours:

Poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) levels drop to normal and the oxygen level increases to normal. Your chance of heart attack is significantly decreased after just 8 hours.

Heart Attack

Heart Attack

After 48 Hours:

Your nerve endings start to re-grow, the ability to smell and taste begins to improve.

After 72 Hours:

Your bronchial tubes begin relaxing and lung capacity begins to increase.

2 Weeks to 3 Months Later:

Your circulation improves; walking becomes easier, lung function increases up to 30%.

1-9 Months Later:

Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases. Cilia re-grow in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucous, clean the lungs, and fight infectious agents.

5 Years Later:

Lung cancer death rate for an average smoker (1 pack a day) is cut in half, from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people.

Smoking Lung Cancer

Smoking Lung Cancer

10 Years Later:

Lung cancer death rate for an average smoker (1 pack a day) drops to 12 deaths per 100,000 people, almost the rate for someone who never smoked.

Pre-cancerous cilia are replaced. The risk of other smoking-related cancers such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.

BEWARE: ALL OF THESE BENEFITS ARE LOST IF YOU SMOKE EVEN ONE CIGARETTE A DAY!

Why? Because cigarettes contains up to 600 harmful chemicals in them, including:

Ammonia, Arsenic, Benzene, Butane, Carbon Monoxide, Cadmium, Cyanide, DDT, Ethyl Furoate, Lead, Formaldehyde, Methoprene, Napthalene, Methyl Isocyanate.