There are many short-term and long-term benefits to quitting tobacco, including the following:
At 20 minutes after quitting:
- Blood pressure decreases.
- Pulse rate drops.
- Body temperature of hands and feet increases.
At 8 hours:
- Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
- Oxygen level in blood increases to normal (if no lung disease).
At 24 hours:
- Chance of a heart attack decreases.
At 48 hours:
- Nerve endings start regrowing.
- Sense of smell and sense of taste improve.
At 2 weeks to 3 months:
- Circulation improves.
- Walking becomes easier.
- Lung function improves.
Quitting is possible and you can do it! Quitting tobacco can not only benefit your health, but also the health of your loved ones. Involve your family and friends in your quitting plans so they are able to support you through the process.
It is important to develop a plan prior to quitting to ensure a successful quit. Whether you smoke regularly, a few cigarettes a day, or just socially, you can quit for good. Call the QuitLine to create your individual quit plan and to stay quit for good all with ongoing support throughout your quit process.