How long does your body take to recover from smoking?

If you’ve smoked for a long time you might worry that it’s going to be hard to quit – and also question whether it’s even going to be worth it? The good news is that the human body is an amazing creation and starts healing in less than 20 minutes after that final cigarette. We discuss both the short term and long term effects to your body and mind based on the findings by Center for Disease Control and Prevention CDC.

Good news, it is worth quitting smoking for your future health!

Smoking cessation recovery timeline

Period Effect

Freedom and no desire to smoke or take substitutes like gum or vaping providing you quit with Allen Carr’s Easyway You are no longer controlled by a drug and don’t have to suffer the mood swings, stress, and pressure of having to constantly top up nicotine to stave off nicotine withdrawal.

20 mins

Heart rate and blood pressure drop closer to normal. This helps reduce levels of stress and danger of stroke and heart attack.

Hands and feet will also warm up to their usual temperature as a result of improved circulation. 

Socialising with smokers is as fun as normal with no envy or fear of smoking again providing you quit with Allen Carr’s Easyway

2 – 12 hours

Carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal meaning vital organs, such as the brain, nervous tissues and the heart, begin to receive the correct levels of oxygen, and no longer starved of oxygen, they begin to work properly.

Nicotine in your blood has halved.

Muscles and brain function is better because the correct level of oxygen is now in the blood stream.

Unpleasant nicotine withdrawal / cravings occur when quitting with many methods but not with Allen Carr’s Easyway. In fact the withdrawal process becomes a pleasant experience. It is easy to quit smoking when you know how.

24 – 48 hours

Heart attack risk reduces. If you smoke a pack a day you are twice as likely to have an attack than a non-smoker but after a day smoke free this already reduces significantly.

Smell and taste improve because the nerve endings begin to regrow and return to normal function.

Lungs will be cleaning removing the junk left from cigarettes. Sometimes this manifests itself as a cough – but don’t worry – it’s all part of your body healing itself and getting rid of the junk that’s built up in your lungs.

Asthma can get worse as the lungs clean but it is temporary and easily managed. Many asthmatics become able to get rid of their asthma pumps when they quit smoking – such is the improvement in lung function.

Nicotine is no longer in your body.

5-10 days

What happens after 5 days of not smoking?

Cravings – these will decrease significantly and with the Allen Carr’s Easyway method you feel no sense of deprivation and so these feel insignificant.

Success – Smokers who make it to one week without smoking are statistically nine times more likely to successfully quit.

2 Weeks to 3 Months

Heart attack risk reduces further

How long does it take for your lungs to fully recover from smoking?

Between 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting smoking, lung capacity and performance will regenerate and according to the American Heart Association enable intense activities such as running

1 to 9 Months

Coughing will no longer be a hacking

Shortness of breath will decrease

Energy will increase

Illness will decrease such as having fewer colds

1 Year

Heart attack risk drops to half that of a smoker

5 Years

Heart attack risk is now that of a non-smoker

Cervical cancer risk is now that of a non-smoker

Mouth, throat, oesophagus and bladder cancer risk is now half

10 Years

Lung Cancer risk is now half that of a smoker

Mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, larynx and pancreas cancerr risk drop

15 Years

Heart disease risk is now that of a non-smoker

Allen Carr’s Easyway has been described as ‘a real smoker’s way to quit’. You carry on smoking until you’re ready to stub out your final cigarette. Easyway doesn’t focus on the downsides of smoking – smokers know all about those already. Instead the method answers the question ‘What’s so great about being a smoker?’ Understanding that is the key to being set free.

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Sir Richard Branson

“His method is absolutely unique…. I’m pleased to say it has worked for many of my friends and staff”*

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Ashton Kutcher

“I haven’t smoked since!”*

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Sir Anthony Hopkins

“it was such a revelation that instantly I was freed from my addiction.”*

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Ellen DeGeneres

“If you want to quit… it’s called the Easyway to Quit Smoking… I’m so glad I quit”*

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Chrissie Hynde

“One of my heroes is Allen Carr… Smoking is the deal-breaker with your voice. It will bring you down eventually.”*

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James Spader

“….was so easy due to Allen Carr’s Easyway.”*

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Nikki Glaser

“The best method to quit anything. I truly think if I wasn’t a comedian, I would want to be an Allen Carr seminar leader!”*

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David Blaine

“The best thing is Allen Carr’s program because I have seen it work on so many of my closest friends, and to me that’s real magic!”*

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Kim Zolciak

“For someone like myself who has smoked since I was 15, I promise you, it changed my life.”*

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Robert Pattinson

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Hrithik Roshan

“I tried quitting five times before and failed then I came across Allen Carr’s Easyway…If I can quit so can you!”*

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Sean Bean

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Ralph Ineson

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Carice Van Outen

“..finally quit when I did the Allen Carr course. Best thing I’ve done in my life. Still proud”*

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James Cosmo

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Neve Campbell

“There’ll be no going back”*

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Goldie Hawn

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Gerard Butler

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James Conover

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Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman

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Anjelica Huston

“Allen Carr achieved for me a thing that I thought was impossible – to quit a thirty year habit literally overnight”*

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Lou Reed

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Patricia Arquette

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Paul F. Tompkins

“Easyway helped me to stop smoking in 2006 and haven’t had a drag since.”*

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Barbara Branden

“I have had not a single moment of the symptoms of withdrawal from an addiction, not a single moment of wanting a cigarette.”*

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Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart

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Been 1 year smoke free

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Allen Carrs easyway is clinically proven and drug free

The Allen Carr’s Easyway method has been clinically proven in two randomised controlled trials. The results show it to be as good as, if not better than the UK’s Gold standard NHS 1-1 Quit Smoking Service1 and almost twice as effective as the Irish Governments service2 . It does not require the use of any drugs or nicotine products.

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Easyway doesn’t focus on the downsides of smoking and vaping – you know all about those already. Instead the method answers the question “what’s so great about being a smoker/vaper?” Understanding that is the key to being set free.

There a number of wasy of using the Allen Carr’s Easyway method choose the right one for you.

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