Quitting smoking has short, mid and long-term benefits. Here you can find the most common ones:

Short-term benefits 

  • After 20 minutes: blood pressure and heart rate levels decrease and return to normal.​
  • After 8 hours: carbon monoxide (CO) levels decrease and oxygen levels in blood increase up to normal levels.​
  • After 24 hours: the risk of sudden death decreases. Carbon monoxide in blood is cleared from the body.​
  • After 48 hours: nerve endings of taste and smell are restored and the ability to smell and taste improves.​
  • After 72 hours: cough, pulmonary congestion and shortness of breath disappear and lung capacity increases.

Mid-term benefits

  • Between 2 weeks and 3 months: blood circulation improves, pulmonary capacity increases up to 30% and coughing disappears.​
  • Between 1 and 9 months: the risk of respiratory infections and symptoms such as nasal congestion decrease.​
  • Gingivitis, the incidence of tooth loss, halitosis and teeth stains are reduced.​
  • HDL cholesterol levels increase,  which is associated with a decrease in the progression of atherosclerosis.

Long-term benefits

  • After 2-5 years: the risk of a heart attack is similar to that of people who have never smoked.​
  • After 5 years: the risk of mouth, oesophagus and bladder cancer is reduced by half.​
  • After 10 years: the risk of a former smoker is equal to that of a non-smoker. ​
  • After 10 years: the risk of lung or laryngeal cancer is reduced by half.​
  • After 15 years: the risk is reduced by 85%.