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1 year ago

What happens after the last cigarette?

Learn what happens in the body when you quit smoking and how long the recovery takes.


Science Team

Quitting smoking has very many positive effects on the body. Shortly after the last cigarette, many processes and functions in the body improve. Over time, more and more processes will normalize and the body will fully recover. 

How quickly your body recovers after quitting smoking

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Already after 20 minutes the first effects are noticeable

Your pulse and blood pressure normalize, your blood circulation improves.

After 12 hours without smoking

Carbon monoxide levels decrease and oxygen levels return to normal.

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24 hours without cigarettes

Your heart rate normalizes and the risk of heart attack begins to decrease.

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48 hours after quitting smoking, recovery continues

The reduced sense of smell and taste begins to recover. Smells are perceived better and food tastes more intense again.

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After 3 days

Breathing becomes easier again. Lung function improves and breathing returns to normal.

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After 4 days

Physical withdrawal is complete.

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14 days without cigarettes

Physical withdrawal is complete.

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21 days completed

Mental health has improved, irritability and feelings of stress have normalized.

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4 weeks after quitting smoking

The appearance of the skin has visibly improved and the aging process of the skin has slowed down again.

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8 weeks smoke-free

Insulin resistance has returned to normal.

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10 weeks and the body continues to recover

Physical fitness has improved noticeably.

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3 months and another success

Psychological dependence has been overcome. Situations and activities are now no longer associated with smoking.

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9 months after quitting smoking

The lungs can clean themselves well again and the risk of infection has decreased. In addition, the immune system has stabilized and susceptibility to infections has decreased overall.

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After 5 years

The risk of suffering a stroke is now the same as for a non-smoker.

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10 years and regeneration continues

The risk of developing lung cancer has been halved.

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15 years without cigarettes

The risk of cardiovascular disease is the same as for non-smokers.


Those who quit smoking and successfully implement this resolution will notice a rapid and comprehensive improvement in their health, regardless of age. Some of these positive changes occur immediately, while others take time to become noticeable. However, there is no doubt that quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you can make for your health.

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