What Happens With Your Body When You Stop Smoking?

You know smoking isn’t healthy, but do you know what happens to your body when you quit? It gets better — top to bottom, lungs to legs.

Learn how in the slideshow below, featuring information from Cleveland Clinic’s Tobacco Treatment Center.

1. Healing begins

20 minutes after your last smoke, your blood pressure and pulse drop to normal.

2. Return to Normal

After 8 hours, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal, and the oxygen level rises to normal.

3. Avoid an Attack

After 24 hours, your chances of a heart attack decrease.

4. Regain Your Senses

At the 48-hour mark, your senses of smell and taste are enhanced, and your nerve endings start regrowing.

5. Get Your Legs Back

Between 2 weeks and 3 months, walking becomes easier, your circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30 percent.

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