Health Benefits Over Time

Health Benefits Over Time

In just minutes after quitting, your body begins to recover from the effects of smoking—a process that will continue for years to come as you remain smoke free. Consider that:

  • 20 minutes after quitting your heart rate and blood pressure decreases, while the body temperature of your extremities increases.
  • 8 to 12 hours after quitting the level of carbon monoxide in your blood decreases to normal, while the amount of oxygen in your blood increases to normal.
  • 24 hours after quitting your chance of having a heart attack decreases.
  • 48 hours after quitting your sense of smell and taste gets stronger. Nerve endings begin to regrow.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting your circulation improves, lung function increases and walking becomes easier.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting coughing, fatigue, sinus congestion and shortness of breath decreases.
  • 1 year after quitting the risk of coronary heart disease is decreased by half that of a smoker's.
  • 5 to 15 years after quitting your risk of stroke is the same as someone who has never smoked.
  • 10 years after quitting your risk of lung cancer compared to that of a continuing smoker is cut in half. Risk of developing mouth, throat, esophageal, bladder, cervical and pancreatic cancer decreases.
  • 15 years after quitting your risk of dying from a smoking-related illness is almost the same level as someone who has never smoked.

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Smoking Fact

Smoking low-tar or low-nicotine cigarettes appears to have little effect on reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.