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When you quit smoking and no longer inhale the 4,800 toxic substances found in cigarettes, you experience enormous positive changes in your health, fitness, and risks of heart disease and cancer.

1. After 20 minutes

1. After 20 minutes
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Circulation improves in the hands and feet. Your hands can reveal a lot about your health.

2. After 2 hours

2. After 2 hours
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Pulse, heartbeat, and blood pressure normalise. In the case of pregnant women: the heartbeat of the unborn child also returns to normal.

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3. After 8 hours

3. After 8 hours
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Carbon monoxide is reduced and no longer stops oxygen from reaching the blood cells.

Your cells have a much better supply of oxygen.

In the case of pregnant women: Your unborn child also receives more oxygen.

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When you quit smoking and no longer inhale the 4,800 toxic substances found in cigarettes, you experience enormous positive changes in your health, fitness, and risks of heart disease and cancer.

4. After 24 hours

4. After 24 hours
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Your risk of heart attack drops. Keep an eye out for this heart attack symptom you may never have heard of.

5. After 48 hours

5. After 48 hours
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Nicotine is completely eliminated from your body.

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In a 2013 study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, nicotine users took a whiff of either black pepper oil or angelica oil and found cravings greatly decreased.

6. After 2 days

6. After 2 days
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Your sense of smell and taste improve and return.

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When you quit smoking and no longer inhale the 4,800 toxic substances found in cigarettes, you experience enormous positive changes in your health, fitness, and risks of heart disease and cancer.

7. After 3 days

7. After 3 days
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Breathing improves significantly.

The little hairs on the lungs (cilia) recover.

They transport particles from the lungs.

A good sign: You cough more because more and more dirt and toxic substances are being removed from the lungs.

In 2013 transplant specialists at University Hospital in Leuven, Belgium, succeeded in preserving donor lungs outside the body for 11 hours, the longest time in medical history.

This is good news for those who suffer from chronic lung disease and failure and are waiting for transplants.

8. After 1 week

8. After 1 week
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Blood pressure falls.

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9. After 3 months

9. After 3 months
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On average lung capacity rises by 39 percent and shortness of breath is reduced. Skin tone also improves.

When you quit smoking and no longer inhale the 4,800 toxic substances found in cigarettes, you experience enormous positive changes in your health, fitness, and risks of heart disease and cancer.

10. After 3 to 9 months

10. After 3 to 9 months
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Smokers cough and susceptibility to infections are reduced because the lungs can now clean themselves.

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