Quitting Smoking Timeline
The quit smoking timeline below shows what happens when you quit: hour by hour, day to day, each month and yearly.
These health related benefits can be useful as motivators and milestones when you stop smoking. As they show how the functions of the body begin to return to normal.
The healing process begins within just 20 minutes of stopping. However, long term benefits include major reductions in health risks related to diseases caused by smoking such as strokes, heart disease and lung cancer.
In the early phases of the timeline, your quality of life is improved in areas of health that we all tend to take for granted, like being able to breathe more easily.
However, the ulimate benefit of giving up should surely be the potential to live longer.
|Timeline||Benefit - What happens when you quit|
|3 - 9 months||
|Table 1 - Quit Smoking Timeline - What happens when smokers quit.|
More Benefits of Giving Up Smoking
The health related benefits outlined in the quitting smoking timeline above will be the main advantages of giving up to many smokers.
However, family members, friends, colleagues and associates who don't smoke will also probably benefit from you stopping too.
Not least of all because of the effects of second hand smoke.
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2. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The health consequences of smoking: nicotine addiction a report of the surgeon general. (1988) Atlanta, GA.