After 20 minutes
iStock/AstridCirculation improves in the hands and feet. Find out what helped ex-smokers finally quit.Excerpt from I Know You Like to Smoke, But You Can Quit—Now, copyright © Andreas Jopp, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold.
After 2 hours
Syda Productions/shutterstockPulse, heartbeat, and blood pressure normalize. In the case of pregnant women: the heartbeat of the unborn child also returns to normal. Try these 23 ways to stop smoking for good.
After 8 hours
Phonlamai Photo/shutterstockCarbon monoxide is reduced and no longer stops oxygen from reaching the blood cells. Your cells have a much better supply of oxygen. In the case of pregnant women: Your unborn child also receives more oxygen. This is how smoking effects the way you look.
After 24 hours
igorstevanovic/ShutterstockYour risk of heart attack drops. Here are 30 more ways to reduce your heart attack risk.
After 48 hours
Nenad Aksic/ShutterstockNicotine is completely eliminated from your body. Inspired to ditch the habit? This is how you can quit smoking without gaining weight.
After 2 days
istock/wundervisualsYour sense of smell and taste improve and return.
After 3 days
Antonio Guillem/ShutterstockBreathing improves significantly. The little hairs on the lungs (cilia) recover. They transport particles from the lungs. A good sign: You cough more because more and more dirt and toxic substances are being removed from the lungs.
After 1 week
Andrey_Popov/ShutterstockBlood pressure falls. Don't miss these 18 natural remedies for high blood pressure.
After 3 months
iStock/ImageSourceOn average lung capacity rises by 39 percent and shortness of breath is reduced. Skin tone also improves.
After 3 to 9 months
istock/Michelle GibsonSmokers cough and susceptibility to infections are reduced because the lungs can now clean themselves.