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Benefits of Stopping Smoking

After 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that will continues for years.

20 MINUTES

  • Your blood pressure drops to normal.
  • Your pulse rate drops to normal.
  • Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.

8 HOURS

  • Your carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
  • Your oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

24 HOURS

  • Your chance of heart attack decreases.

48 HOURS

  • Nerve endings start to regrow.
  • Your ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS

  • Your circulation improves.
  • Walking becomes easier.
  • Your lung function increases up to 30%.

1 TO 9 MONTHS

  • Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
  • Cilia re-grow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
  • Body's overall energy increases.

1 YEAR

  • Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

5 YEARS

  • Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half.
  • Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5-15 years after quitting.
  • Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.

10 YEARS

  • Lung cancer death rate similar to that of non-smokers.
  • Precancerous cells are replaced.
  • Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

15 YEARS

  • Your risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker.

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