Quitting smoking for good can seem like a daunting task and you may think the damage is already done. But in 20 minutes your body will be starting to repair.

After the first 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure will begin to return to normal. Carbon monoxide levels decrease, allowing your heart to work with more ease. In as little as 24 hours your chances of a heart attack are already lowered.

In the following months, your lung health and capacity are improving. You will be able to breathe deeper and clearer, have more energy, and even get fewer colds and illnesses.

When you reach the one-year milestone you have already lowered your risk of a heart attack by half.

Alongside the physical health improvements, there are an array of mental health benefits. Quitting smoking has proved to help relieve stress, anxiety, and depression. As well as promote a more positive mood and an improved quality of life.