What Immediately Happens To Your Body When You Stop Smoking

Knowing the damage that smoking does to your body in the long term doesn’t make it any easier to quit, but there are surprisingly some immediate beneficial effects that happen just hours after you stop smoking.

This video from AsapSCIENCE explores the immediate and longterm affects of quitting smoking. Just twenty minutes after you stop smoking, your blood pressure and heart rate should return to normal levels as nicotine causes blood vessels to narrow. And as a few hours pass you will inevitably feel the negative effects of nicotine cravings, including moodiness and drowsiness.

Then a little while later at around 24 hours, coughing may increase as your body deals with all the toxic stuff in your lungs and at 48 hours your tongue will apparently regain some tasting ability as taste buds repair themselves.

Around that time your nicotine cravings will also peak. Of course, in the long term, the benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and substantial. It’s hard for everyone to quit — especially when anything that assuages your daily stress feels essential — but it’s an important reminder to stop when you can.

What Happens When You Stop Smoking? [AsapSCIENCE]


  • I can remember when I quit in 2001 after a few days food tasted so awesome I just wanted to keep eating. This is unfortunately also one of the reasons why you might gain a lot of weight after you quit because you replaced your nicotine cravings with that of food. Also if you are up to it and want to quit, do it cold turkey. Chew on some sticks or something just to keep your smoking hand busy. It took me about 2 months, also trying to put myself in situations where everyone was smoking and offering me smokes and then just declining every time. I’d never want to go back now, even though after 16 years I still sometimes feel the nostalgic and want to light one up. It’s one of those cravings that will hang around forever.

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