What Happens When You Quit Smoking?


If you have not read my previous article ” Chemicals in Tobacco Cigarettes ” you can read it by clicking the link. Right now is a great time to quit smoking. Why? In as little as 20 minutes you’ll start to feel the benefits of not smoking.

Curious how long nicotine stays in your body? What types of nicotine withdrawal symptoms you’ll have? Want to find out how many tobacco-free days it will take for your body to recuperate and no longer be at risk of the dangers of smoking?

20 Minutes After You Quit

The effects of quitting start to set in immediately. Less than 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate will already start to drop back towards normal levels.

Two Hours After You Quit

 After two hours without a cigarette, your heart rate and blood pressure will have decreased to near healthy levels. Your peripheral circulation may also improve. The tips of your fingers and toes may start to feel warm. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually start about two hours after your last cigarette. Early withdrawal symptoms include:

  • intense cravings
  • anxiety, tension or frustration
  • drowsiness or trouble sleeping
  • increased appetite

12 Hours After You Quit

Carbon monoxide – which can be toxic to the body at high levels – is released from burning tobacco and inhaled as part of cigarette smoke. Because carbon monoxide bonds so well to blood cells, high levels of the substance can prevent these cells from bonding with oxygen, which in turn causes serious cardiovascular problems. In just 12 hours after quitting smoking, the carbon monoxide in your body decreases to normal levels, and your blood oxygen levels increase to normal.

24 Hours After You Quit

 The heart attack rate for smokers is 70 percent higher than for non-smokers. But, believe or not, just one full day after quitting smoking, your risk for heart attack will already have begun to drop. While you’re not quite out of the woods yet, you’re on your way!

48 Hours After You Quit

It may not be life-threatening, but deadened senses – specifically smell and taste – are one of the more obvious consequences of smoking. Luckily, after 48 hours without a cigarette, your nerve endings will start to re-grow, and your ability to smell and taste is enhanced. In just a little while longer, you’ll be back to appreciating the finer things in life.

Three Days After You Quit

At this point, the nicotine will be completely out of your body. Unfortunately, that means that the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal will generally peak around this time. You may experience some physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, or cramps in addition to the emotional symptoms mentioned in 12 Hours After You Quit.

To fight the mental symptoms, reward yourself for not smoking; use the money you would have spent on cigarettes to treat yourself to something nice.

Two to Three Weeks After You Quit

After a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to exercise and perform physical activities without feeling winded and sick. This is due to a number of regenerative processes that will begin to occur in your body; your circulation will improve, and your lung function will also improve significantly. After two or three weeks without smoking, your lungs will start to feel clear, and you’ll start breathing easier.

For most smokers, withdrawal symptoms disappear about two weeks after quitting.

One to Nine Months After You Quit

Starting about a month after you quit, your lungs begin to regenerate. Inside them, the cilia – the tiny hair-like organelles that push mucus out – will start to repair themselves and function properly again. With the cilia now able to do their job, they will help to reduce your risk of infection. With properly functioning lungs, your coughing and shortness of breath will continue to decrease dramatically.

Even for the heaviest smokers, withdrawal symptoms will go away no more than several months after quitting.

One Year After You Quit

The one year mark is a big one. After a year without smoking, your risk for heart disease is lowered by 50 percent compared to when you were still smoking. Another way to look at it is that a smoker is more than twice as likely as you are to have any type of heart disease.

Five Years After You Quit

A number of the substances released in the burning of tobacco – carbon monoxide chief among them – cause your blood vessels to narrow, which increases your risk of having a stroke. After 5 to 15 years of being smoke-free, your risk of having a stroke is the same as someone who doesn’t smoke.

10 Years After You Quit

Smokers are at higher risk than non-smokers for a daunting list of cancers, with lung cancer being the most common and one of the most dangerous. Smoking accounts for 90 percent of lung cancer deaths worldwide. It’ll take 10 years, but if you quit, eventually your risk of dying from lung cancer will drop to half that of a smoker’s. Ten years after quitting, your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas also decreases.

15 Years After You Quit

Fifteen years of non-smoking will bring your risk of heart disease back to the same level as someone who doesn’t smoke. You’ll no longer be at a higher-than-normal risk for a wide range of conditions like heart attack, coronary artery disease, arrhythmias, angina, infections of the heart, or conditions that affect your heart’s beating rhythms.

Long Term Benefits

The long-term benefits of quitting smoking are fantastic. According to the American Heart Association, non-smokers, on average, live 14 years longer than smokers. Quit today, and you’ll extend your life span and live those extra years with a functional cardiovascular system, while being active and feeling great.


5 Responses

  1. Dr. Heath Motley says:

    Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and schizophrenia risks are cut in half by smoking (at least) and for the patients, taking up smoking greatly alleviates the symptoms and reduces further damage of these diseases. Those who quit smoking, increase their risk of getting these diseases by 50% for each 10 years of non-smoking. For the early onset Alzheimer’s (40s and 50s), smoking cuts the risk tenfold.
    The problem is that vast majority of smokers were brainwashed, like the rest of population, that smoking is bad for them and those around them, that smoking is a vice. You can’t convince very many people to join in a defense of what they believe is a vice, even if it is their own. For example, how many societies for defense of ‘wife beaters’ or ‘drunken drivers’ rights are there? Will ‘wife beaters’ create any such and join en masse if one were to tell them that their ways of handling family disagreements are eroding and in grave danger? Of course not.

    In contrast to the present antismoking brainwashing, people have smoked tobacco for over ten millennia and cultivated it for seven millennia as a wholesome medicinal plant, the most potent one humans have ever had. That was a general view, based on thousands years of human experience with tobacco, until just few decades ago, when the antismoking swindle was pulled out of thin air, based on the worst kind of junk science. The antismoking con is making enormous amounts of money, stolen from the smokers, for the conmen behind it, chiefly the pharmaceutical industry (albeit, FORCES only looks at their nicotine replacement “therapy” profits, which is just a tiny tip of their profit iceberg, see few examples here or here, here).
    Therefore, the message that needs to be passed on to fellow smokers is a simple scientific fact (which is based on hard science, from the antismoking interests themselves) that “Smoking is good for you” (see also a thread here, all posts by “nightlight”, where this fact was defended in much more detail against a pack of health zealots; many further facts and links are given in my posts on usenet and speakeasy). The upshot of all the collected scientific evidence is that tobacco smoke is not merely harmless, but it is the most potent medicinal substance and youth elixir, natural or synthetic, bar none, humans have ever known.

    Once the 50+ million American smokers are aware that ‘smoking is good for them’, the antismoking swindle will be wiped out instantly. Some thoughts on how to get there from here were given on speakeasy (post-1, post-2, post-3 and post-4).

    Therefore, the present Multimedia initiative, aiming to educate general public that smoking isn’t quite as bad as commonly believed and that SHS is mostly harmless, is not merely a waste of time and resources, but it is explicitly counterproductive since it reinforces in the minds of smokers themselves the fundamental ‘big lie’ of the antismoking conmen (that smoking is bad at all, when it is exactly the opposite). That ‘big lie’ was what started the entire con in late 1950s and its effect, in addition to directly harming smoker’s health via ‘witch doctor effect’, is to paralyze smokers from defending themselves against the antismoking parasite. Accepting it leads inevitably to where we are now, only faster the second time around. Hence, smoker organizations should stop wasting time and resources on educating general public about SHS, or trying to organize smokers around liberty issues, since that will keep failing, as it always did, for the reason above.

    The sole focus of smoker organizations in the present situation need to be tens of millions (or 1-2 billions worldwide) of brainwashed smokers and and how to get to them as quickly as possible the simple fact: “smoking is good for you”. All the rest will happen automatically.

  2. Dr. Heath Motley says:

    Quitting smoking substantially decreases the risk of lung, laryngeal, esophageal, oral, pancreatic, bladder, and cervical cancers.

    Old age equals most cancers and fewer smokers and more ex-smokers!!

    The risk of developing lung cancer is about 23 times higher in male smokers and 13 times higher in female smokers compared to lifelong non-smokers.

    SOOOO; if a man wants to decrease his risk of getting lung cancer by about 1/2, all he has to do is have a sex-change and not change his lifestyle.

    Then; if he/she became an American Indian and went to live on a reservation, he/she would lower his/her risk of getting lung cancer by another 33.33%.


  3. Dr. Heath Motley says:

    For those still smoking, quitting would not reduce the ailments but would increase them. Asthma and allergies (for which traditionally smoking was considered helpful) have been rapidly rising, while smoking has been decreasing. Alzheimers and Parkinson, have been increasing, too. Smoking is strongly protective against Alzheimer’s e.g. when you match people genetically and socio-economically, such as when comparing between family members, smokers have ten times lower risk of Alzheimer’s than their non-smoking relatives! Of course, if you don’t match the samples, but compare within general population, the smoking appears only mildly negatively correlated with Alzheimer’s, and in recent 5-10 years even slighlty positively correlated. Similarly, smoking is strongly positively correlated with schizophrenia – schizophrenics smoke 2-3 times more often than general population, and smoke much more heavily than general smokers. Unlike Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia usually starts in teens, often well before person has started smoking (or has smoked very little), hence it is obvious that smoking is a form of self-medication among schizophrenics rather than its cause (this has been also shown more explicitly).

    Even for lung cancer, smoking among asbestos workers was shown to be protective (a non-smoking asbestos worker is much more likely to get asbestos related lung cancer). In famous study by Doll (which was the first to find correlation between smoking & lung cancers), it was found that while lung cancers correlate positively with smoking, it was also found that those who inhale smoke have much lower rates of lung cancers than those who don’t inhale! Similar stong protective effects of smoking against lung cancer (induced by radiation) were also demonstrated in controlled experiments on mice.
    Among nations, Japanese men smoke 2-3 times more often than Americans, yet they have 6-8 times lower rates of lung cancer. Similar “paradoxical” relations hold among Europeans, where Greeks are the heaviest smokers and have the lowest lung cancer rates. In USA, lung cancer has been rising for decades (most rapidly among non-smokers), and is now at its all time high, while smoking has been declining and is now at its all time low (note that CDC had to rig their counting to hide this fact contradicting their ideology and $$$) .

    After studying various papers and books (see e.g. Ray Johnstone, Lauren Colby, FORCES), as well as observing myself, my family and people I know, I have concluded that the truth about health effects of smoking is precisely opposite from the present-day conventional wisdom — smoking is good for smoker. Further, believing anti-smoker propaganda, even partially, is harmful to smoker (due to witch doctor effect, negative placebo).

    In summary, there is money on our side, the money being currently stolen from us (only few crumbs of which are used against us). Unfortunately, until enough smokers realize that their habit is good for them (despite financial burden from extortion), there won’t be organized and effective resistance against the anti-tobacco swindle. The essential first step in getting organized is to neutralize the key psychological weapon used against our will to defend ourselves, the poisonous anti-smoker pseudo-science.

  4. Dr. Heath Motley says:

    Lung Cancer and smokers
    Let’s see; 70% of LC cases are ex-smokers, plus 15% LC cases are never smokers, that means that only about 15% of LC cases are current smokers!!! Not anywhere near the 90% you hear about.

    Since there are as many ex-smokers(70% of LC’s) as current smokers(15% of LC’s) in this country, don’t quit!

    In Calif., ex’s = 70%, non’s = 30% = 100%.
    Smokers do not get LC in Calif.


  5. Dr. Heath Motley says:

    “When association between cigarette smoking and UC [ulcerative colitis] are examined, never-smokers are approximately three times more likely to develop UC than smokers. A consistent finding from study to study is that quitters have a mildly increased risk of developing UC which suggests that cigarette smoking may have a protective effect,” [Lashner B A, “Inflammatory bowel disease: family patterns and risk factors,” Comprehensive Therapy, 18(8):2-4, Aug l992].

    “It is beyond doubt that smokers are protected against ulcerative colitis, and the more that is smoked the greater the protection–so those on 25 cigarettes a day or more have a risk as little as one-tenth that of non-smokers,” (Dr. Martin Osbourne, surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in London, as quoted in the Daily Telegraph, 9/7/93).

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