After The Last Cigarette - How Your Body Heals

The Benefits of Smoking Cessation Begin

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What happens inside our bodies after we stub out the last cigarette that signals the start of smoking cessation?

Have all of the years of tobacco use caused too much damage for quitting to be of any benefit?

Not at all. The human body is amazingly resilient.

Within the first 20 minutes of quitting, the healing process begins, and smoke-free benefits will continue to improve your health and quality of life for years.

It is never too late to quit smoking.

Use the links below to read about the physical healing that takes place when you quit smoking.

How Your Body Heals After You Stop Smoking

The First Two Days
Take a look at the physical changes that start just 20 minutes after the last cigarette smoked.

Two Weeks to Three Months
Lung function is one of the biggest improvements in this time frame.

One to Nine Months
Overlapping with lung function, other advantages of smoking cessation begin to emerge.

One to Two Years
Looking ahead at these two important milestones, you have significant health improvements awaiting you.

Long Term Benefits - 5 to 15 Years
While it might seem like a lofty goal, once you get past the first smoke-free year, smoke-free time and its benefits pile up without nearly as much effort on your part.

Get started now: Use these 10 quit smoking lessons to guide you through the process.

Check in at the About Smoking Cessation support forum to connect with others who have recently quit smoking.

 

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