Psychologist Gerald A. Solfanelli

According to the Surgeon General's 2004 Report, the following are positive changes to one's body when one quits smoking:

  • Within 20 minutes of the last cigarette, the blood pressure adjusts to natural levels; pulse rate adjusts to normal levels; and the body temperature of the hands and feet increase to normal.
  • Within 8 Hours, carbon monoxide level drops to normal, oxygen level in blood increases to normal.
  • Within 24 Hours, chance of a heart attack is significantly decreased.
  • Within 48 Hours, nerve endings start to re-grow, the ability to smell and taste improves.
  • Within 72 Hours, bronchial tubes begin relaxing and lung capacity begins to increase.
  • Within 2 Weeks to 3 Months, circulation in the body improves, walking becomes easier, lung function increases up to 30%.
  • Within 1 to 9 Months, coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases. Cilia re-grows in the lungs, increasing ability to handle mucous, cleans the lungs and reduces infection.
  • Within 5 Years,lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack per day), decreases from 137 per 100,000 people to 72 per 100,000 people. After 10 years, rate drops to 12 deaths per 100,000 or almost the rate of a person who never smoked.
  • Within 10 Years, pre-cancerous cilia are replaced. Other cancer such as those of the mouth, larynx, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.


    • According to, there exist these numerous symptoms, problems and diseases associated with cigarette smoking.

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