I’ve smoked for 43 years. I’m 61 years old. I haven’t smoked in 3 weeks. Will my lungs ever recover if I never smoke again? Did You Know

Within 20 minutes after you smoke that last cigarette, your body begins a series of changes that continues for years . . . . . .

  • 20 Minutes After Quitting
  • Your Heart rate drops
  • 12 Hours After Quitting – The amount of carbon monoxide in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting – Your heart attack risk begins to drop.
  • 2 Weeks to 3 Months After Quitting – Your lungs begin to work better.
  • 1 to 9 Months After Quitting – Your coughing and shortness of breath decrease.
  • 1 Year After Quitting – Your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 Years After Quitting – Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker’s
  • 5-15 years after quitting.
  • 10 Years After Quitting – Your lung cancer death rate is half that of a smoker’s. Your risk of cancers of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases.
  • 15 Years After Quitting – Your risk of heart disease is like you never smoked.


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