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What happens to your body 48 hours after you stop smoking?

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Within 2 days your senses of taste and smell get sharper as your nerve endings start to heal.

Your body’s also busy with a lot of cleanup. Your lungs kick out mucus and other gunk left from cigarettes. You don’t have any more nicotine in your body.

This is also about the time when the toughest withdrawal symptoms show up. You might feel anxious, dizzy, hungry, or tired. You could get headaches or feel bored or depressed.

SOURCES:

Smokefree.gov: “Create My Quit Plan,” “How to Manage Cravings.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Smoking Cessation,” “Smoking.”

England Department of Health, Smokefree NHS: “What Happens When You Quit?”

Poison Control: “Another Reason Not to Smoke.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?” “Benefits of quitting smoking over time.”

CDC: “Within 20 Minutes of Quitting,” “Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease.”

British Heart Foundation: “Smoking.”

Asthma UK: “Quit smoking to manage your asthma better.”

American Heart Association: “Smoke-free Living: Benefits and Milestones.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 9, 2018

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SOURCES:

Smokefree.gov: “Create My Quit Plan,” “How to Manage Cravings.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Smoking Cessation,” “Smoking.”

England Department of Health, Smokefree NHS: “What Happens When You Quit?”

Poison Control: “Another Reason Not to Smoke.”

American Cancer Society: “Why is it so hard to quit smoking?” “Benefits of quitting smoking over time.”

CDC: “Within 20 Minutes of Quitting,” “Smoking and Cardiovascular Disease.”

British Heart Foundation: “Smoking.”

Asthma UK: “Quit smoking to manage your asthma better.”

American Heart Association: “Smoke-free Living: Benefits and Milestones.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on August 9, 2018

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