Benefits Of Quitting

At 20 minutes after quitting:

blood pressure decreases pulse rate drops body temperature of hands and feet increases

At 8 hours:

carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal oxygen level in blood increases to normal

At 24 hours:

chance of a heart attack decreases

At 48 hours:

nerve endings start regrowing ability to smell and taste is enhanced

At 2 weeks to 3 months:

circulation improves walking becomes easier lung function increases

1 to 9 months:

coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases

1 year:

excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

At 5 years

From 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

At 10 years:

isk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases risk of ulcer decreases

At 15 years:

risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked

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