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After You Quit Smoking - One to Nine Months

Quit Smoking Benefits During the First Nine Months


Updated May 22, 2014

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Quit smoking benefits between 1 to 9 months smoke-free:

Starting as early as a month after you quit smoking and continuing for the next several months, you may notice significant improvements in your respiratory health:
  • less coughing
  • less shortness of breath
  • sinus pain and congestion improve
It's important to remember that healing from nicotine addiction is a process, and while some improvements happen quickly, others will come more gradually.

My own sense of smell took a dramatic jump in sensitivity 8 months after I quit smoking. It surprised me, and reinforced the truth about the gradual nature of recovery from this addiction.

Your sense of empowerment is likely to grow during this phase of smoking cessation. Quitting tobacco is a confidence booster, and that has the potential to bring positive change to other areas of your life as well.

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For all of the work it takes to break the chains that bind us to tobacco, the deep sense of control we gain over our own destiny makes smoking cessation seem like a small price to pay.

Next: Quit Smoking Benefits between One and Two Years

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2004 Surgeon General's Report: Poster: Within 20 Minutes of Quitting 27 May 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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