When you quit smoking and no longer inhale the 4,800 toxic substances found in cigarettes, you experience enormous positive changes in your health, fitness, and risks of heart disease and cancer.
1. After 20 minutes
2. After 2 hours
Pulse, heartbeat, and blood pressure normalise. In the case of pregnant women: the heartbeat of the unborn child also returns to normal.
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3. After 8 hours
Carbon 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.
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4. After 24 hours
5. After 48 hours
Nicotine is completely eliminated from your body.
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6. After 2 days
7. After 3 days
Breathing 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.
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8. After 1 week
9. After 3 months
On average lung capacity rises by 39 percent and shortness of breath is reduced. Skin tone also improves.
10. After 3 to 9 months
Smokers cough and susceptibility to infections are reduced because the lungs can now clean themselves.