If it’s been two weeks since you quit smoking, congratulate yourself. While you probably already know that smoking cessation is a journey, you’ve already received rewards. You may have noticed that foods taste better or experience other benefits. Your two weeks smoke free Has Affects your health in meaningful ways.
Understanding how your body and mind slowly begin to heal from the harmful effects of nicotine can provide additional motivation to never shine again. It also removes any unknowns so you can safely formulate strategies to deal with food cravings and nicotine withdrawal symptoms that may still occur.
Benefits after two weeks of non-smokers
There are a number of changes that you can expect after about two weeks of not smoking. Some are more of “behind the scenes” benefits like lowering blood pressure. However, other changes can affect and improve your daily life experience.
Smell and taste better
Nicotine, along with the other chemicals in cigarette smoke, damages the taste buds and nerve reactions in the nose. You can see improvements in your sense of smell and taste within just 48 hours of your last cigarette – and those improvements will continue once you’ve hit your two-week smoke-free mark...
Get ready to rediscover the subtle flavors of foods that, as a smoker, you probably thought didn’t taste good.
Unfortunately, you can now smell the stale cigarette smoke on your clothes, coats, and in your home too. If possible, contact a housekeeping service or take your clothes to a dry cleaner for a thorough cleaning (you can even think of this as your two-week gift for yourself).
Lower your blood pressure and heart rate
Another harmful side effect of nicotine is an increased heart rate and increased blood pressure. Fortunately, these functions start to normalize pretty quickly after you quit smoking...
- Within 20 minutesYour heart rate will return to normal and your blood pressure will begin to drop as your blood vessels are no longer narrowed by the tobacco smoke.
- Within 12 hours your blood The oxygen content normalizes.
- Within 24 hours, Your risk heart attack begins to decrease.
Within two weeks to two months, you may find that walking and breathing become a little easier. This is because your lung function improves and the air sacs in your lungs (alveoli) begin to relax and produce less mucus...
Take a deep breath and feel your lungs fill with smoke-free air. Think how it would have felt like inhaling before your last cigarette. This simple exercise can serve as a quick reminder of why you decided to give up your nicotine habit.
For the past two weeks, you’ve likely had an overwhelming urge to glow – several times a day. While these urges will still occur, they will now decrease in frequency and duration.
At this stage, you will likely experience a maximum of two food cravings per day. Also, hopefully now you have several strategies to delay and distract yourself until they are over.
Less withdrawal symptoms
Many of the main physical withdrawal symptoms (insomnia, fatigue, headache, dry mouth, sore throat, and constipation) should have noticeably subsided by your two week mark. Of course, this can vary from person to person.
However, the feeling of improvement in mental symptoms may take a little longer. Especially if smoking was your relaxation strategy, you will likely still struggle with stress after two weeks. As you learn new, healthy stress relief products (that don’t contain nicotine) over time, you will inevitably have more control over them.
A word from Verywell
These benefits are just beginning. The longer you can do without nicotine in cigarette smoke, the more health improvements you will experience. This includes changes in your hearing, eyesight, skin, immunity, cardiovascular health, lungs, muscles, bones, and more. Be patient as your body heals and you relearn a life without cigarettes. And be proud of how far you’ve come. You deserve it.