Quit Smoking Timeline – Benefits & Advice

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Benefits on a Timeline

Smoking is detrimental to your health. It is responsible for hundreds of thousands of death each year, and the health consequences of smoking are vast and quite serious. Luckily, there are many health benefits to quitting smoking; benefits that can be identified minutes after you drop that last cigarette!

The Quit Smoking Timeline below let’s you preview the health benefits and money savings of quitting smoking. It is important to understand that your body can heal and your health will improve. And let’s not forgot about the financial benefit of saving lots of money.

  Time Your Health Benefits Savings *
20 Minutes
  • Various biometric measures will return to normal: blood pressure, pulse rate, temperature of hands and feet.

Within 20 minutes of smoking your last cigarette, your body begins to sigh with relief. This is because your blood pressure immediately begins to drop, along with your pulse rate. The temperature in your hands and feet begins to increase because your body’s circulatory system is working better now, so if you are a smoker with perpetually cold hands and feet, you should begin to notice the health benefits of quitting smoking quite quickly.

8-12 Hours
  • Carbon monoxide and Oxygen levels in your blood will return to normal.
  • Nicotine levels in your blood will drop dramatically.
  • Damages start to reverse.

Within a few hours of quitting smoking, your blood is feeling the effects. Levels of carbon monoxide in your blood are dropping and wonderful oxygen is taking its place. Soon your blood stream will be considered normal. You may find that even taking a deep breath is easier.

24 Hours
  • Dramatically reduced risk of having a heart attack.

With a day of quitting smoking, your heart and lungs have already begun repairing themselves. Can you feel them thanking you already?

48 Hours
  • Your sense of smell and taste are starting to return towards normal.

Within two days of quitting smoking, your sense of smell is getting better, and you may notice that you can smell and taste better than when you were smoking. It may be time to stop and smell the roses!

2 Weeks to 3 Months
  • Lung function is beginning to improve.
  • Circulation has substantially improved.
  • Simply physical exercise such as walking is easier.
  • Chronic cough should be gone.

Within a couple weeks of quitting, your lungs are now working better, and you may notice that a casual stroll is easier and you don’t breathe as hard when you are exercising. In addition, the phlegm you typically produce as a result of smoking is decreasing, thereby decreasing your need to cough so much.

$42 – $270
1 to 9 Months
  • Overall increase of energy.
  • Lungs are increasing ability to clean and fight infections.

Have you noticed by now that your yellow teeth are fading, your hair and your clothes don’t smell, and the yellow stains on your fingers are gone? Have you also noticed that your home and car no longer smell of cigarettes, and that your breath is much fresher? Welcome to the world of non-smokers!

$30 – $810
1 Year
  • Over 50% reduction of risks related to heart disease.

After just one year of kicking the habit your risk of coronary heart disease has dropped to half that of a smoker! Your heart is really thanking you for your choices now!

More than 5 Years
  • Substantially reduced cancer risks.
  • Substantially reduces risks of coronary heart disease.

As each year passes, your risk of stroke is decreasing, and will continue to do so for many years.

$5,475 and up
After 10 Years
  • Risk of lung cancer dropped substantially.

After 10 years of quitting, your risk of lung cancer has dropped to half that of smokers. In addition, your rate of developing cancer of the mouth, the throat, the esophagus, the pancreas, the kidneys and the bladder has also decreased.

$10,950 and up
After 15 Years
  • Risk of coronary heart disease is the same as people who never smoked!

After 15 years of putting out your last cigarette, your risk of coronary heart disease is the same as people who never smoked! Your risk of dying in general is also that of a non-smoker.

$16,425 and up

Congratulations on doing something great for your long-term health! There are many benefits to quitting smoking, and your good health is certainly the number-one benefit.

(*) The savings calculation assumes that you smoke 1/2 pack a day at a cost of $6 per pack of tobacco cigarettes!

What to do next

Consider different methods of quitting tobacco cigarettes including electronic cigarettes which have dramatically increased in popularity since 2000. With e-cigarettes you continue to take in nicotine but you quit tobacco and tar. The product has received many positive reviews and testimonials.

An electronic cigarette is a battery powered smoking device delivering nicotine by vaporizing a solution into mist/vapor. Unlike other tobacco alternatives you do continue the actual physical experience of smoking.

Electronic cigarettes consist of a battery, an atomizer (also known as vaporizer), and a cartridge/cartomizer holding the nicotine solution.

When drawing on the device you inhale flavored vapor enriched with nicotine and the LED on the tip of it lights up to simulate a glow.

You can find great information, many consumer reviews, ratings and testimonials at eCigBrandReview.com.

Quit Smoking Timeline Video

731 responses to “Benefits on a Timeline

  1. silentnovelist says:

    Gosh, heart surgery sounds scary, so glad you are doing well. It’s brilliant that you are a non-smoker – must make a huge difference and will help you heal more quickly and get back to feeling fit and well very soon. Lots of best wishes to you for a speedy recovery.

    I’m in the evening of day 3, and all is well. Weird night last night, and some spaced out moments today, but all welcome steps to getting it out of my system. Trying not to think too much, just taking one day at a time. But looking forward to a healthy new life without being a slave to a filthy and expensive addiction.

    • VIRGINIA says:

      silentnovelist just wondering how you’re doing on your journey ? Wishing you luck and it is really nice not to be a slave to the dirty filthy expensive ,socially unacceptable habit :)

  2. justin says:

    Hello I’m on day 80 and feel good!! I sometimes want a cigarette still but ez to stay smoke free as its just a mental fixation now and not a physical craving anymore!! The most courageous thing I’ve done besides getting clean and sober !!

  3. Paul says:

    I just went a DIFFICULT 24 hours… Wheww! “Just hang on man.”

    • justginny1 says:

      Good luck Paul, I have been smoke free for two full years .Just take one day at a time or one minute this timeline helped me so much I can’t tell you how helpful it was. So best wishes and just remember to breathe and each craving will last only 60-120 seconds . If you go back and read the comments you will see it can be done. If you post to the timeline I will reply .

      • matt says:

        OK you people. I think it’s time to try again. Last time around this site really helped. Really sucking wind on the tennis court. Very embarrassing.

      • Paul says:

        Thanks for the reply! I am now over 5 weeks without a smoke… Holy crap i ROCK!!!

  4. justginny1 says:

    That is wonderful Paul keep up the good smoke free life .Congratulation , I will always try to reply this site helped me so much 26 months smoke free :) for me . Keep up the good work

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