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
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.
The First Six Months Smoke-Free - Personal Quit Stories
Personal accounts from forum members here at About.com Smoking Cessation.
Improvements Since Quitting Tobacco - Reader Responses
We all expect our physical health to improve when we quit smoking, but that is just the beginning, as you'll see from the reader responses shared here.
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2004 Surgeon General's Report: Poster: Within 20 Minutes of Quitting 27 May 2004. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention