Quit Smoking Timeline

Quit Smoking Timeline.


When you give up smoking, the first benefit of not smoking  will come within 30 minutes, as your heart rate will have returned back  towards normal levels.


4 Hours: Stage 2 in the  quit smoking timeline


quit smoking timeline


The next stage in the quit smoking timeline happens within 4 Hours after quitting cigarettes.

By now, your heart rate and blood pressure will have returned  to near normal levels. Also for most smokers, your peripheral circulation may also improve. This can often be experienced by the tips of your fingers and toes  starting  to feel warm. 

But also Nicotine withdrawal symptoms usually start about three to four hours after your last cigarette.


Signs of nicotine  withdrawal symptoms include:

  • intense cravings that can last for about 3 minutes on average
  • a sense of anxiety
  • tiredness  or trouble sleeping
  • increased appetite
  • Empty feeling



 12 Hours: Stage 3 in the quit smoking timeline


quitting smoking timeline



In just 12 hours after giving up smoking, the  amount of carbon monoxide in your system  decreases to lower levels, and your blood oxygen levels increase to healthier levels.

Carbon monoxide, released from every cigarette you smoke, which can be toxic to the body at high levels.It can cause  serious cardiovascular problems.




   24 hours: Stage 4 in the  quit smoking timeline

Quit Smoking timeline

The stark medical fact for all smokers is that the heart attack rate for smokers is 68% higher than for nonsmokers. But  the great news is that even after one full day after giving up smoking, your risk for heart attack will  have begun to drop






48 Hours: Stage 5 in the  quit smoking timeline

 quit smoking timelineThe healing process is now really starting to work. 
 Your  nerve endings now begin to re-grow, and your smell and taste  functions are  improving to a great extent.




3 days: Stage 6 in the  quit smoking timeline


For many this will be the most dangerous moment when you are giving up smoking. At this point of the quit smoking timeline , the nicotine will have completely left  your system.  Thus at this moment,  the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal will generally be  peaking. This is reflected in  physical symptoms  like nausea,  headaches and an empty physical feeling.



 3 WeeksStage 6 in the  quit smoking timeline

 quit smoking timelines After three weeks, your ability to perform physical activites will have improved to a great extent. This is  caused  by a number of healing processes that have started in your body; your circulation is  improving as is your  your lung function ,which can be seen from your ability to  breath easier.

Also, for the majority of  smokers, withdrawal symptoms will have disappeared by now.



 3 weeks to 9 Months: Stage 7 in the  quit smoking timeline


 quit smoking timeline Within 1 month after you give up smoking, your lungs have begun  to repair. The cilia which are small , hair-like organelles in the lungs who job is to push mucus out—have  started to repair themselves and function properly.  With the cilia now in better shape, there will  have a greater ability to  reduce your risk of infection. With properly functioning lungs, your coughing and shortness of breath will continue to improve dramatically.











Sources:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoking