What Happens When Nicotine Leaves My Body Forever?

Why quit nicotine?

For starters, your life depends on it! No joke – we’re awfully passionate about this topic, and we think your quality of life will shoot way, way up when you decide to quit. In fact, quitting nicotine could be one of the best decisions you ever make. Today, we’re going to cover what happens to your body after making that very decision.

Let’s level for a moment though… Quitting nicotine isn’t going to be sunshine and rainbows the moment you stamp out your final cigarette or dump your last vape juice cartridge. But it gets better, and this is your body’s physiological timeline. What happens to your body when you quit that nasty nic?

Here’s what you can expect.

Tobacco & Nicotine Free

The First Hour

Even just 20 minutes after your last cigarette, your heart rate dips to a normal level, your blood pressure lowers, and you might see some improvements in circulation too. Cold hands or feet? Quitting nicotine can help with that.

12 Hours With No Nicotine

Cigarettes pump your lungs and body full of carbon monoxide, which prevents oxygen from entering your blood & lungs. After a mere 12 hours with no tobacco cigarettes, your body starts to cleanse itself, dumping excess carbon monoxide left over from your smoking sessions. You can guess what happens next – oxygen levels go up!

A Full Day

It’s only been a day, but your risk of heart attack has begun to diminish.

Smoking tobacco cigarettes elevates your risk of coronary heart disease by lowering levels of good cholesterol, making heart-healthy exercise harder to get through. Smoking tobacco cigarettes even increases the risk of blood clots,which in turn makes a stroke more likely.

After quitting smoking for just a day, your blood pressure drop, decreasing your heart-disease risk. Meanwhile, your oxygen levels are still rising, and healthy exercise becomes easier for you.

2 Days!

Congrats on your 2-day streak! It’s no small thing. Smoking nicotine and tobacco cigarettes has damaged certain nerve endings that contribute to your ability to taste and smell. You might, by this time, notice your senses of taste and smell have heightened due to the healing of those nerves.

3 Days and Counting

In your body, at the 3-day mark, those nicotine levels have been depleted. This is a tough stage because, while a no-nicotine body is healthier overall, the initial loss of that nicotine intake often leads to withdrawal. Now you’re feeling moody. You’re irritable, your head hurts like a you-know-what, and the cravings are out of control. Stay strong and crest that hill! Our filtered hemp pre-rolls are designed to meet this stage with strength—to get you through the rough patches.

No Nicotine for a Month

Your lung function has now begun to improve. As your lungs heal, you can expect less coughing and shortness of breath. Athletic endurance is still on the rise, and cardio stuff like running can actually be enjoyable again (you know, if you’re into that sort of thing).

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A Whole 9 Months

The better part of a year! Nine months after your momentous decision to quit, your lungs are like a new pair of breathers. Delicate interior fibers called cilia have recovered from the clouds of nicotine vapors that used to furl lethally in your lungs. These fibers help fight infections, so you may have noticed you don’t get sick as often. Specifically, you might get lung infections less often because the healed cilia can now do their job!

1 Year Later

Your risk of heart disease has dropped by a whopping 50%. We think congratulations are in order! This risk will only continue to dip from here on out.

After 5 years

Smoking or vaping nicotine seems like such a thing of the past now. Your arteries and blood vessels have begun to widen now that a good 5 years have passed. Say goodbye to dangerous blood clots! Oh, and strokes are less likely too. Not bad, eh? Your risk of stroke will continue to drop over the next 10 years.

The 10-Year Mark

Now that 10 big ones have passed, your chances of lung cancer (and dying from it as a result) are approximately 50% lower than a person who has continued to smoke tobacco cigarettes. And the probability of getting nailed with throat, mouth, or pancreatic cancer has dropped by quite a bit too.

15 Years After Quitting

It’s official! Your chance of coronary heart disease is equal to that of a non-smoker. Same with pancreatic cancer.

The Golden Anniversary: 20 Years

After 20 years,your risk of death from smoking-related stuff has thinned down to the narrow level of someone who has never smoked a single tobacco cigarette. We knew you had it in you! 

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