​​Timeline infographic showing what would happen at different timepoints if you stopped smoking

If you were to stop smoking right now...

  • Within 20 minutes: Your heart rate drops
  • Within 8 hours: Carbon monoxide levels in your blood return to normal
  • Within 24 hours: Your sense of taste and smell would improve
  • Within 3 days: Your coughing and shortness of breath improve
  • Between 2 to 12 weeks: Your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker
  • Between 1 to 9 months: Your coughing and shortness of breath improve
  • At 1 year: Your risk of heart disease is half of a smoker
  • At 5 to 15 years: Your risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer would continue to lower

Benefits of Quitting
If you quit smoking, it can improve your health almost right away. Choosing a healthy lifestyle is the best thing you can do for your health and that of those around you.

https://www.uhn.ca/PrincessMargaret/Education/Continuing_Education_Programs/Pages/continuing_education_programs.aspx
Last reviewed: 5/4/2022
Last modified: 7/15/2022 6:37 AM