Quitting smoking can add years to your life and lets you take control of your health. Here are just some of the ways that your body starts to repair itself after you quit smoking:

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After 20 Minutes

Your heart rate and blood pressure drop

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oxygen

After 12 Hours

The oxygen levels in your blood return to normal.

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Within 48 Hours

Your sense of smell and taste start to improve.

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Within 72 Hours

Breathing gets easier as your airways relax.

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After 2 - 3 Weeks

Your circulation improves and your lung function increases by as much as 30%, making things like exercise easier.

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After 1 - 9 Months

Coughing and shortness of breath decrease. Fewer colds and runny noses, and less fatigue.

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After 1 Year

Your risk of coronary heart disease is half of that of someone who still smokes. Your risk of smoking-related heart attack drops by 50%.

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stroke

After 5 Years

Your risk of stroke can fall to that of a non-smoker.

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lungs

After 10 Years

Your risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking. Your risk of cancer of the larynx or pancreas decreases.

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After 15 Years

Your risk of heart attack is equal to that of a non-smoker.