Quitting Smoking: Timeline of What Happens to Your Body After You Kick the Habit

20 minutes after last cigarette

Just 20 minutes after the last drag, your body begins to recover, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Nicotine, the addictive chemical in smoking, acts as a stimulant and gives that all-important ‘kick’. Not long after the last puff of smoke, heart rate and blood pressure return to normal following this high.

Eight hours

The effects of withdrawal are strong as nicotine leaves the bloodstream and cravings start to happen making it a testing time and the moment when most smokers reach for another cigarette.

One day

Anxiety and ‘stress’ levels peak. The feeling of stress associated with quitting smoking isn’t usually stress – it’s a sign of withdrawal.

That’s why it’s untrue that smoking de-stresses, it’s just feeding a craving. In fact, research shows non- and ex-smokers feel less stressed than smokers.

Quitting Smoking - Timeline of What Happens to Your Body After You Kick the Habit

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