Knowing the damage that smoking does to your body in the long term doesn’t make it any easier to quit, but there are surprisingly some immediate beneficial effects that happen just hours after you stop smoking.
This video from AsapSCIENCE explores the immediate and longterm affects of quitting smoking. Just twenty minutes after you stop smoking, your blood pressure and heart rate should return to normal levels as nicotine causes blood vessels to narrow. And as a few hours pass you will inevitably feel the negative effects of nicotine cravings, including moodiness and drowsiness.
Then a little while later at around 24 hours, coughing may increase as your body deals with all the toxic stuff in your lungs, and at 48 hours your tongue will apparently regain some tasting ability as taste buds repair themselves. Around that time your nicotine cravings will also peak. Of course, in the longterm, the benefits of quitting smoking are numerous and substantial. It’s hard for everyone to quit—especially when anything that assuages your daily stress feels essential—but it’s an important reminder to stop when you can.