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What Happens 20 Minutes After You Quit Smoking Cigarettes: A Timeline of How Your Body Heals

Written by the Shreddin.tv editorial team

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If you’ve ever tried to quit smoking cigarettes, then you know that it can be quite a challenge. However, even just 20 minutes after saying goodbye to your smoke, you can already feel the changes begin to form. This is what happens to your body when you quit.

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After 20 minutes: Surprisingly, the effects of quitting cigarettes set in almost immediately. Less than 20 minutes after quitting cold turkey, your heart rate already begins to drop down to normal and sensations return to your hands and legs.

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After eight hours: While smoking cigarettes, carbon monoxide is inhaled which bonds to your blood cells and makes it difficult to absorb oxygen. This can cause serious cardiovascular problems. However, after just eight hours, the carbon monoxide already begins to leave your system.

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After 48 hours: One of the lesser-known side effects of cigarettes is that it dulls your senses, especially taste and smell. However, 48 hours after quitting, your nerve endings begin to regrow and your senses of taste and smell become enhanced.

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After eight hours: While smoking cigarettes, carbon monoxide is inhaled which bonds to your blood cells and makes it difficult to absorb oxygen. This can cause serious cardiovascular problems. However, after just eight hours, the carbon monoxide already begins to leave your system.

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After 48 hours: One of the lesser-known side effects of cigarettes is that it dulls your senses, especially taste and smell. However, 48 hours after quitting, your nerve endings begin to regrow and your senses of taste and smell become enhanced.

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