The even better news is that you don't have to wait years to see all the good effects of stopping smoking. Your health will start to improve within minutes of stopping smoking as your body rids itself of harmful toxins. Again according to ASH, within 20 minutes of stopping smoking, your blood pressure and pulse rate return to normal. After eight hours, nicotine and carbon monoxide levels in the blood reduce by half, and your oxygen levels return to normal. Over the next few hours and days, you will see other beneficial changes, such as your lungs clearing themselves out and becoming strong again, your sense of smell and taste improving, and your breathing becoming clearer.
You will start to notice even more positive changes within next few weeks and months after stopping. Imagine how you will feel after a year of being a non-smoker! Eventually you can be as healthy as if you never smoked, as your body heals itself. This is amazing - but true.
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