What happens to your body when you stop smoking

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What happens to your body when you stop smoking

Have you been thinking about getting rid of this vice for a while? Then seize the moment now! Here we tell you what happens to your body after you smoke your last cigarette.

Step by step
20 minutes after the last cigarette, your blood pressure and heart rate return to normal. The temperature in your feet and hands increases.

8 hours after the last cigarette, the carbon monoxide and nicotine levels in your blood have already halved and your organs are better supplied with oxygen. You’ll sleep better now too.

48 hours after you quit, the nicotine and carbon monoxide have finally left your body completely. Your sense of smell and taste are now better, you notice more.

Just 2 to 3 weeks later, your lung function and circulation have improved noticeably.

Caution: risk of relapse
1 to 3 months after your last cigarette, the small cilia in your lungs (also called cilia) return to their normal shape. Their job is to clear the bronchi of mucus and particles. Sport is much easier for you. Since your cells are now better supplied with blood, your skin is no longer as pale and looks much fresher. BEWARE: 4 to 6 weeks after quitting, the risk of a relapse is particularly high!

You thought smoking has nothing to do with your fertility? Wrong thought! Only after 3 months does fertility improve in men and women, and the risk of miscarriage and premature birth decreases.

6 to 9 months after the last cigarette you can breathe much better, the paranasal sinuses have regenerated and the lungs have largely recovered. You are almost as good as new!

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more fluid blood
Only 1 year after the last cigarette is the risk of heart disease such as a heart attack only half that of a smoker. The reason for this is that the blood is more fluid and no longer clots as much.

Another 4 years later, the risk of developing mouth, larynx, esophagus or bladder cancer is reduced by half. You are as likely to have a stroke as a non-smoker. In addition, women’s risk of developing cervical cancer has now been reduced to the level of a non-smoker.

Ten years after the last cigarette, the risk of lung cancer is half that of a smoker. The likelihood of developing throat or pancreatic cancer also decreases significantly.

After 15 years , the risk of a heart attack has dropped to that of a non-smoker.

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