Ten Things That Will Happen If You Quit Smoking This New Year

December 17, 2012

As the new year approaches, a lot of you are planning to resolve to quit smoking for good. The problem with quitting smoking is that the benefits all seem to be far into the future. However, I’m going to show you how your body starts to recover from cigerette induced damages almost as soon as you have quit smoking.

Lets say you have resolved to quit on the new year. At 15 minutes to midnight on December 31, you light your last cigarette. As the clock strikes 12, and people around you leap up and try to kiss each other, you put your cigarette out.

In 20 minutes

By 12.20 AM of January 1, your blood pressure will have returned to normal.

 In 8 hours


By 8 AM, as you wake up to a hopefully hangover free morning of the New Year,  oxygen levels in your blood stream will have returned to normal, and the carbon monoxide levels  will have dropped by half.

In 48 hours

By the end of January 2, your body will be totally free of nicotine, and you will have recovered your normal level of taste and smell. Your chance of having a heart attack will have reduced somewhat.

In 72 hours

By the end of January 3, you will have higher energy levels, and your bronchial tubes, contorted by smoking, will relax.

In 2 weeks

By January 15,  your blood circulation will have increased, and it will continue to improve for the next 10 weeks, till the end of March.

In 6 months

By the end of June, 2012, your lung capacity will have improved by 10%, and breathing problems, coughing, and wheezing will have dissipated.

In 1 year

By the end of 2013,  your risk of having a heart attack will have dropped by half.


In 5 years

By 2019, our risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker.

In 10 years

By 2024,  your risk of lung cancer will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

In 15 years

By 2029,  your risk of heart attack will have returned to that of a non-smoker.

Motivated? Don’t wait till the new year! Quit now and do your body a favor.


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