Smoking Timeline – Quitters Helping Quitters
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking, and to let the Smoking Timeline website help you.
You are embarking on a journey that we hope will see you finally free of those damned cigarettes – living you with a healthy, happy, smoke-free life.
Smoking Timeline is a website of strategies to help you quit smoking. It’s about quitters helping quitters. Honest help from people who have been right where you are now.
What Happens When You Quit Smoking?
Everyone who quits smoking goes through pretty much the same series of smoking withdrawal symptoms and quitting smoking side-effects.
This is what is known as the Smoking Timeline.
The timeframes, as you travel through the smoking timeline, may vary slightly due to the number of years of smoking, or how many cigarettes you smoked each day.
The Smoking Timeline
20 Minutes After Quitting Smoking
- Your blood pressure decreases,
- Your pulse rate decreases,
- Body temperature of hands and feet increases
8 Hours After Quitting Smoking
- Damage caused by carbon monoxide starts to reverse as the carbon monoxide level in the blood decreases to normal,
- Reduced carbon monoxide allows for an increase in blood oxygen level, back to normal levels
24 Hours After Quitting Smoking
- Your chance of having a heart attack decreases,
- You might feel strange,
- You find it difficult to stay focussed,
- You might feel restless,
- You experience strong urges for a cigarette,
- Your body is getting rid of the nicotine
2 Days After Quitting
- Your nerve endings start to re-grow,
- Your ability to taste and smell are enhanced
3 Days After Quitting
- This is the hardest – the peak of first three days,
- Your body is screaming out for a cigarette,
- Food loses taste again,
- Coughing increases,
- Constipation is a common symptom
4 Days After Quitting
- Your ability to smell and taste improves dramatically,
- Your breathing becomes easier
5 Days After Quitting
- Things get much better,
- Your taste buds come back,
- You are able to breathe much better,
- Your sanity returns
7 days After Quitting
- The good effects of not smoking start to show,
- Your teeth become brighter,
- You smell better,
- You might be craving something sweet
2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting
- Your circulation improves,
- Walking becomes easier,
- Phlegm production decreases,
- Your lungs become cleaner which reduces risk of infection
- Smoker’s cough improves and you don’t wheeze as often,
- Fatigue is reduced, giving you more energy
This short video runs for just over 1 minute and talks about the coughing you might experience while quitting. If the video doesn’t load properly, you can view it on youtube.
Several Months After Quitting (1-9 Months)
- There is significant improvement in your lung function
- There is a decrease in coughs, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath,
- Tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of lungs regain normal function – cleaning lungs and reducing infection.
- Your energy levels are greatly increased
The smoking timeline continues as your body keeps repairing itself long after you have quit smoking.
1 Year After Quitting
- Your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack is reduced by half,
- The risk of getting cancer is greatly reduced
5+ Years After Quitting
- Your risk of having a stroke returns to that of a non-smoker
10 Years After Quitting
- Your chance of developing lung cancer drops,
- There is a significant decrease in your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas,
- Your risk of lung cancer is greatly reduced but remains higher than in people who have never smoked
15 Years After Quitting
- Your risk of coronary heart disease and heart attack is similar to that of people who have never smoked
GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE SMOKING TIMELINE.
See also: Why Is It So Difficult To Quit Smoking.
Smoking IS harmful to your health. Quitting smoking will have a positive impact on your health – as you can see by the above quitting smoking timeline.
Please consult your doctor for the options available to help you quit, and to monitor your health during the quitting process.
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