After 12 months of kicking the habit, you, by now, have significantly lowered your risk of coronary heart disease. It is now half of when you were smoking.
After 5 years
By now, you have successfully kept the cravings under control and are enjoying a more fulfilling life. And the benefits of quitting smoking timeline continues.
After five years of quitting smoking, your blood vessels will have started to heal itself. The materials that block it will start to disappear. The vessels will start to widen again and the blood will continue to flow normally.
Continue to exercise and find other ways to reduce stress and anxiety. After 5 years since your last cigarette, you have also reduced your risk of stroke significantly.
After 10 years
The benefits of quitting smoking timeline continue years after you quit. Your risk for lung cancer has dropped to only about half that of a smoker. You have also reduced your risk of reducing other smoking-related cancers like cancer of the mouth, throat, bladder, cervix, pancreas and esophagus.
After 15 years
It has been a long journey but you have given your lungs the chance to fully heal, further reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
After 15 years, the chances of developing coronary heart disease and pancreatic cancer have become equal to someone who never tried smoking.