What Happens When You Quit Smoking?

What Happens When You Quit Smoking?What Happens When You Quit Smoking? Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 is the 34th annual national No Smoking Day in the U.K.– and to help bring awareness to the danger of cigarettes, we’re about to tell you about one of the most effective pieces of stop smoking advertising in history.

In 2004, a famous study and a related awareness campaign was published and distributed by the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. The gripping report detailed the exact physical changes that a smoker’s body experiences from 20 minutes after the smoker’s last cigarette to 15 years after the individual has quit cigarettes for good. The information contained within is still acute, still relevant, and, perhaps most importantly, it’s still extremely convincing.  

Here are the results:

  • 20 Minutes: One third of an hour after your last smoke, your heart rate goes back to normal– (in case you didn’t know, the nicotine in cigarettes causes your heart to beat faster)
  • 12 Hours: Half a day after the last time you light up, the levels of carbon monoxide in your blood return to normal. As you probably know, carbon monoxide is a deadly gas– so this is definitely a good thing
  • 2 Weeks: Half a month after laying down the lighter, you’re now less likely to get a heart attack– and your lungs begin to work better, too
  • 1-9 Months: 30-270 days after quitting tobacco abuse, you’ll likely cough less, and you should breathe deeper as well
  • 1 Year: the additional heart disease risk you carry is now half that of a current smoker
  • 5 Years: your lung cancer death rate is around half that of a smoker, and you have less risk of getting cancer in your mouth, throat, bladder, kidney, and pancreas
  • 15 Years: the additional heart disease risk you carry from smoking is gone– back to the levels of a non-smoker

When You Quit Smoking, You Conquer Nicotine Addiction, Win Against Tobacco Addiction, and Take Back Control of Your Health

With 6 million casualties a year, the war against cigarette smoking is far from won– but that doesn’t mean we haven’t made great progress. Across the U.S., the U.K., and many other countries, smoking has fallen to historically low-levels– but there’s still work to be done. At Get Treatment, we’re proud to be a part of that work.

Tobacco and nicotine addictions, just like addictions to other drugs, is a difficult habit to break, but with our help, you can. Our directory offers a wide selection of care options for patients at every stage of the rehabilitation and recovery process. With medical detoxification, inpatient and outpatient programs, sober living, and other care options, we work tirelessly to find the drug rehab programs, facilities, and drug treatment centers that will best fit your individual needs. 

To learn more, call 855-638-9268 today to speak to one of our dedicated admissions specialists.

Erica Loret de Mola


Erica Loret de Mola is a communications major who has been writing about addiction treatment for approximately three years. As content manager and editor in chief of Get Treatment, she strives to provide the most accurate and current information available to our clients.


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