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20 minutes

Blood pressure, heart rate and the temperature of your hands and feet return to normal.

8 hours

Oxygen level in your blood increases to normal and carbon monoxide level drops to normal.

24 hours

The risk of a heart attack begins to decrease.

2 days

Nerve endings start to re-grow and your ability to smell and taste things increases.

3 days

Your body is free of nicotine. Bronchial tubes relax, making it easier to breathe. Your lung capacity increases.

1 to 9 months

Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease. Cilia or tiny hairs reactivate in the lungs, increasing your ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection, like coughs or colds.

1 year

The risk of heart disease from smoking is reduced by 50%.

5 years

Lung cancer death rate for the average smoker (one pack a day) decreases from 137 per 100,000 to 72 per 100,000.

5 to 10 years

Risk of stroke for ex-smokers return to that for non-smokers.

10 years

Risk of Lung cancer drops to as much as half of that of current smokers. Lung cancer death rate for the average smoker drops to 12 deaths per 100,000 or almost the rate of non-smokers. Pre-cancerous cells are replaced. Other cancers, such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease.

15 years

Health risks are similar to non-smokers.

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