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Benefits of Quitting

How does your body recover after quitting?

  • After 20 minutes, your heart rate and blood pressure drop.
  • After 12 hours, the carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • After 2 weeks to 3 months, your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • After 1 to 9 months, coughing and shortness of breath decrease, cilia start to regain normal function in the lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, and reduce the risk of infection.
  • After 1 year, the excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of someone who continues to smoke.  Your heart attack risk drops dramatically.
  • After 5 years, the risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, and bladder is cut in half.  Cervical cancer risk falls to that of a non-smoker.  Stroke risk can fall to that of a non-smoker after 2-5 years.
  • After 10 years, the risk of dying from a lung cancer is about half that of a person who is still smoking.  The risk of cancer of the larynx (voice box) and pancreas decreases.
  • After 15 years, the risk of coronary heart disease is that of non-smokers.

*Information taken from Cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/benefits-of-quitt-smoking-over-time

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