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This Is What Happens After You Quit Smoking: A Timeline Of How Your Body Heals

At the end of the day, despite how addicting some of these products are, you still have a choice. At the same time, cigarettes, sugar, and junk food (among other things) all have the ability to re-wire our brains, possibly making our ability to make the right choice that much harder.

If you or anybody you know is a heavy smoker, perhaps this will give you or them some encouragement and motivation. Generally, the underlying issues which lead us to engage in harmful behaviours go much deeper and are just as important to address as the health concerns themselves.

Here’s what happens to your body shortly after you stop smoking.

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continue for years.

  • 20 Minutes After Quitting
    Your heart rate drops.
  • 12 hours After Quitting
    Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting
    Your heart attack risk begins to drop.
    Your lung function begins to improve.

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